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Buffalo Sabres Three Stars Vs. Colorado Avalanche


Chalk up another loss for the boys in blue and gold tonight; at what point do we stop counting the number of losses and just waive the white flag? For the majority tonight’s game was not pretty, in fact there were times it looked downright awful, but my job is to find the positive and name the three stars from tonight’s affair.

Let’s get ‘er going.

First StarCody Hodgson 

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Hodgson was one of the best forwards for the Buffalo Sabres tonight and he opened the scoring when they trailed 3-0. It was only Hodgson’s second goal of the season, but he seems to get better each and every game. He and Thomas Vanek are starting to generate some solid chemistry and it’s only a matter of time before the two start connecting more often.

One could argue that Hodgson has carried the Sabres offence this season as he leads the team with 7 points. If and when Vanek departs, the weight will fall squarely on the shoulders of Hodgson and seem’s to be able to lead the way.

Second Star- Marcus Foligno

I can’t say enough about Marcus Foligno as he’s quickly turned into one of my favourite players for the Buffalo Sabres. From his toughness to offencive ability there’s not much he can’t do. He scored the second goal for the Sabres tonight in addition to his 3 shots and 3 hits.

Foligno is the type of player his teammates can rally behind and he plays the role of motivator quite well. He still needs to get more experience and mature a little more as a hockey player but he could be a real solid leader for the Buffalo Sabres in the future.

Third Star- Nikita Zadorov 

I had time giving out the third star for tonight’s game. With only 2 goals on the scoreboard there wasn’t an obvious third star based on offence. Ryan Miller deserves a stick tap for once again being the only Sabre to show up in the first period and holding the team in the game. Steve Ott deserves some credit for the edge he brought to the game and the late penalty he drew. Tyler Ennis was also another candidate for the third star with the energy he brings and the chances he generates, but his selfish play in the third made me think twice. Finally I landed on another Buffalo Sabre rookie making his debut this season, Nikita Zadorov.

Before the game Rasmus Ristolainen was sent to the Rochester Americans to make room for Zadorov and while many were upset at the demotion, the replacement didn’t look too bad. While he didn’t contribute on the scoreboard, he did have 3 hits in 11 minutes of ice-time. Zadorov played a defensively sound game and showed great speed and puck control. Solid debut for Nikita Zadorov.

Tags: 3 Stars Buffalo Sabres Cody Hodgson Nikitia Zadorov

  • Jes

    Disagree with the top 2
    1. Ott – He was everywhere tonight.
    2. Myers – Guys getting back to his old self. Long way to go still though.
    3. Zadorov – Nice debut. Thought he played much better than Ristolainen. Was he playing forward the whole game?

    Foligno and CoHo got the two goals but IMHO they were absent most of the game, so in a game like this you have to play the whole game not just look for other guys o do the work for ya.

    PS Miller sucked tonight.

    • Jes

      I also have a strange feeling our 2nd win will be coming on Wednesday against the Boston. No matter how shitty we are, we always end up playing well against them.

      GO SABRES!!!!

      • Vic Soga

        By swearing on this site, it is the probably the most intelligent thing that comes out of your mouth. Richard S and Caitlin won ‘t say anything but I will.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I get pretty testy when our users are being rude and swearing in anger at other people, especially our writers. There’s two people that I threatened to ban and I have not seen them around lately. Jes isn’t the sort of reader who attacks our writers, so we can forgive her occasional salty language! ;)

          • Jes

            Ahhhh Rich my man I’m a male lol. Jes short for Jesse.

          • Vic Soga

            I had respect for Richard S and Caitlin’s comments about you but not now.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            You lost respect for Rich and I?

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            I think Vic meant he was going to give Jes the benefit of the doubt until Jes replied.

          • Jes

            I have no respect for you either Vic so we`re both even.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            D’oh! CC and I struck out on this one. :D

          • Jes

            lol no worries Rich and Caitlin it’s all good.

          • Jes

            I dunno Rich. Vic`s on my back for saying “shitty“ and `F`n`. Wonder what happens if you say the actual word at his or her home. Probably have to go into timeout and never get his respect again lol haha. But whatevs I am done with the him or her. He or She can keep running his or her mouth.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Some people just don’t like swearing. I swear a lot at home (not around kids!) but really try to avoid it here. That’s just me, although I don’t mind seeing it unless it is directed at other readers or my staff. You want to call the Bruins that word, I’m not offended, but I know if my dad posted here he would be, so I just keep it in perspective, you know? Mostly everyone who comments here is knowledgeable and friendly, which is why I enjoy writing here so much!

        • Caitlin Campbell

          It’s all good we love Jes around here, she’s fun to comment with so I’ll let it slide and I think Rich will too.

          • Jes

            LOL Caitilin I’m a dude. hahaha

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Sorry Jes!

        • Jes

          Wow Vic your crying about me saying Shitty? Lol wow… Your replies are oh so intelligent that I must reply oh our beloved savior Dick Soga. lol

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Simmer down, you! :) Vic’s a good guy.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I was extremely close to giving one of the stars to Otter because he had a solid game, if anyone doesn’t belong in the 3 stars for tonight’s it’s probably Hodgson. But hey if you score a goal on a team that can’t score you have to be doing something right eh?
      Foligno was given the 3rd star honours from the NHL so I think he had a decent game. 3 stars- Otter, Foligno, Zadorov.

      • Jes

        Ya Caitlin I agree with Foligno. Now I’d agree with your new 3 stars.