Marcus Foligno made a strong case last night to be the recipient of the game puck from the staff here at Sabrenoise.com. He was a force for the Bufalo Sabres last night, drawing penalties, getting goals, and leading the team by example.
This is the type of play that the Buffalo Sabres have desperately needed and expected from number 82 after his breakout season last year with the Blue and Gold, and his continued excellent performance with the Rochester Americans to start the season during the lockout.
It was Foligno’s best game of the season, according to CC. Hopefully it will be the spark the young forward needs to get things moving this season – althought it could be too late to help the team. Caitlin sees the potential in Marcus Foligno to be a good power forward in this league, but has only recently started to use his size and skill as an advantage over his opponents.
There was some other second place votes for Foligno amongst the staff here, but the game puck award ultimately goes to backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth – who was starting to spell Ryan Miller because of a sinus infection.
Rich Spaulding sums up Enroth’s start the best - he deserved the win in New Jersey before being carted off due to caffeine cramps. Maybe his play in the New Jersey game built his confidence up enough – because last night heearnedthe win against the New York Rangers.
If his confidence is returned, which only future starts will tell, is it enough to keep Ryan Miller healthy enough for a playoff run – or is it enough to give the organization the push to deal Ryan Miller before losing him to free agency. While Enroth is not starting goaltender material – he could be the single season stop gap that the team needs to get a serious contender in the net behind whatever team they are able to assemble.
Caitlin goes on to say that her vote was swayed by the fact that Enroth faced thirty plus shots – and was able to outduel Henrik Lundqvist – a task not easily done.
If you listened to the coaches at the end of the game, they painted vastly different stories – interim Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston told the media that his team was starting to play better, and that tonight they pitched in a solid 60 minutes.
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella told the media following the game that his team sucked tonight, and that they needed to be better if they wanted to hold their position in the standings.
Was Jhonas Enroth the benefit of playing a team that sucked? Maybe. Is that sometimes what a team needs to get their legs underneath them and get some confidence, sure.