Oct 2, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a save as Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) and Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) battle for position in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres Three Stars: Detroit Red Wings 10/2

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

Oct 2, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    If Tyler Ennis is one of the three best players for the Sabres on any given night, it will be a long season, indeed. There’s no way he should go a full game without recording a shot – unbelievable.

    • erico

      Ennis had his shots.. they just never got through to Howard. He still did a great job

    • Timothy Redinger

      The team as a whole struggled to get shots on Howard. Girgensons goal came on the only shot he had all night.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        Which is why my three stars would be Girgensons, Miller and one of our blueliners. If our offense cannot create shots on goal, mission fail! :)

        • Kevin

          I’m with you, I would have gone with Miller – Girgensons – Pysyk.

  • erico

    I think overall the Sabres played a good game. The first period jitters were resonating through the whole team and Detroit cashed in on those chances with their mature poised players. The last 40 minutes i feel the sabres got more and more comfortable as the game progressed. They started to create chances, fought for the puck hard and because of that flynn and girgensons were rewarded with a point each.

    Now the biggest issue is the special teams. The sabres need to be better. If i were Rolston id have this team work on it night and day

    • Timothy Redinger

      True – Detroit did what Detroit does best – they waited out the game. Girgensons goal was a bright spot on the night – but only happened because Flynn redirected a clear by Howard….no redirection or even a bounce in a different direction and we are talking about a shutout.
      We lost the game, but didn’t get crushed. The game could have been much worse.