Just because the Sabres lost, doesn’t mean there wasn’t any great plays by them. Here are last nights three stars of the game:
Third Star– Zemgus Girgensons – First things first, in his first NHL game he recorded his first goal. That’s always a great thing to have for us. It may have not been pretty but it was a heads-up play for a rookie still fighting to maintain a regular roster spot. With his 11:23 total time on ice, Girgensons was able to record a +1 rating. Overall, the kid looked very confident despite being the second youngest
player in the NHL at the time. His skating was fluid, awareness was sharp, and he was able to record just one shot, the shot that he scored on. I expect that the puck will go right on the shelf and he will focus on Fridays game and try to keep his momentum going.
Second Star– Tyler Ennis – Tyler Ennis, now entering his fifth season with the team, is now fully expected to take on a more of a leadership role. That was clear last night as Ennis skated as hard as I have ever seen him skate, he was first if not a close second to loose pucks, very aggressive on offense and defense, trying whatever he could to spark something. Although he did’t post a single shot on Howard, he still was trying to make something happen both for the team and for himself. If Ennis plays this way all season, I’ll be happy and optimistic that he breaks the 20-goal mark.
First Star– Ryan Miller – Despite giving up two goals in the first period in a matter of 36 seconds, those were the only two goals of the game. Miller played shut down after that, posting 32 saves in 34 shots to try and keep Buffalo in the game. Miller has a huge mindset going into the season, with hopes to continue his international-MVP play in Sochi, which is showing for Buffalo on the ice. He is making up for lost defense, making incredible saves to show why he is the franchise goaltender.
Ottawa better be ready to play a physical and heads-up team on Friday when the Sabres return home on Friday. Puck drop is 7 PM.