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Buffalo Sabres Three Stars Vs. Florida Panthers

It’s easy to have fun when the Buffalo Sabres chalk up a win on game night, especially when they notch their first regulation win of season. For the three stars tonight we’re going all positive and you can thank the Sabres for that. Tonight I had an extremely difficult time narrowing down the three stars, but for once not because of poor play instead because of a solid game all around.

From Zemgus Girgensons, Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Cody Hodgson, Cody McCormick and Marcus Foligno there was no shortage of solid performances’ from the Buffalo Sabres tonight

First Star -Jhonas Enroth 

It may just be time for Darcy Regier to pick up the phone and pull the trigger on a deal for Ryan Miller as it appears Jhonas Enroth has finally arrived. While the Sabres looked shaky early on and many times throughout the game, Enroth stood tall and refused to cave as he led the Buffalo Sabres to their second win of the season.

The Sabres were badly outshot by the Panthers as Enroth faced 45 shots on the night and stopped 44 of them, not a bad night eh? The Sabres can thank Enroth for the win tonight as he continually bailed them out of trouble. Nicely done Jhonas Enroth, nicely done.

Second Star-Steve Ott 

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For me this was the first game in which Steve Ott earned the C on his chest while on the road, or even his leadership at home. Ott was flying all over tonight and even dropped the mitts. Ott scored the game-winning goal tonight after tipping in a Christian Ehrhoff point shot while potted in front of the net.

Tonight, Ott showed that he can lead this young team by example and as a result the Sabres racked up their second W of the season.

Third Star- Rasmus Ristolainen

Ristolainen scored his first career NHL goal tonight, just one game after fellow rookie blueliner Nikita Zadorov. While I’m happy for both rookie defencemen, I must point out they have both scored goals before Tyler Myers, why can’t our veteran’s do much? Anyways, positive thinking, Ristolainen scored his first NHL goal

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and got the Sabres back in the game tonight.

Ristolainen has been one of the best defencemen for the Sabres this season and to see him finally pot his first goal was great to see. The young defencemen on the blueline have been leading the charge and hopefully they continue to develop.

Who are your 3 stars for the Buffalo Sabres from tonight’s WIN?

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  • Dano

    I believe the 3 you selected were very good and wouldnt change them.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Thanks for the stick tap Dano! How about a big W for the Sabres eh?

      • Dano

        It wasnt so much the ‘ Win ‘ that Im taking away from this game.

        When I played, I played defense. From my comments, you can imagine how I played. Yes, I saw the sin-bin a lot.

        Ive always believed that your defensemen need to clear the crease. If anyone goes in the paint, you get them out, regardless.

        Im Really liking Zadorov ! Something tells me hes going to be the ‘ within the rules ‘ closest thing to a Scott Stevens of our day. The Kid can Hit!

        I checked him out when he popped up on the draft rankings and liked what I saw and didnt think Regier would have the balls to snag a kid whom actually played Physical Hockey. After they tossed Kassian I thought we would draft more midgits/pee-wee euros or Heartless Russians.

        It remains to be seen though. Myers played Physical in Juniors. He played with emotion.. where is he now? hes over 6 foot 6 and gets bullied off the puck.. He had one good year.

        Im HOPING Myers sees Zadorov and says ” I need to pick up my game if I want another big contract ‘ as myers contract ends the year AFTER Zadorovs entry level. Myers will be competing for his job ( more or less ).

        • Jes

          Myers is doing good so far this season Dano. He’s not gonna put up points if the rest of the team doesn’t right? Myers was never a big hitter IMO so no point in putting that in there. Pegula and Regier jumped the gun on giving the guy $5+ Million a year. He’s about a $4.5 Million top player. He’s actually done well this year compared to the last two years. He’ll be up there again one of these days. The rest of the team around him has to perform as well for him to do what he does best.

          I think in order for Myers to be better he must take on more responsibility. IMO ever since Ehrhoff came to Buffalo Myers has been on a down slope. He played good the year before, and kicked butt in the playoffs (He was everywhere against the Flyers). Edmonton needs a reliable defenseman so I’d try and get something done there maybe send them Ehrhoff and 3rd rounder for there 1st rounder and a prospect or even Hemsky, see if he can gel with one of the top two lines here?

          • [email protected]

            Sorry, but Myers looks lost out there. I want him to succeed, I think he can play as well as he did before. It just seems like the wind has been taken out of his sails, so to speak. Ever since the season after our last playoff run, he has been going downhill. I think it was a stupid move to bring back Tallinder, equivalent to wearing a pair of lucky socks to a game, because last time you did we won. Same thought process was behind bringing Tallinder back, hey maybe if we pair Myers with the guy he was with during his best season, he will play that good again!! No, maybe if they had a coach who could teach to a higher level than Rolston has experience with, Myers would grow as a player instead of floundering. Ugh.

          • Jes

            Yup agree with you on bringing back Tallinder. Myers will be back one way or another though. You’ll see.

          • lamarred1118

            If you are dealing a top defenseman like Ehrhoff and another piece, I would expect a first rounder this coming draft and an additonal conditional pick back in ’15.

  • Jes

    Enroth arrived last season. He’s the new number one. Just like I’ve been saying for like the last two years. Hackett won’t steal the job anytime soon.

    1st Star – Jhonas Enroth
    2nd Star – Jhonas Enroth
    3rd Star – Hell, Jhonas Enroth

    haha but in all seriousness your 3 stars were right on the money.

    Rolston better give the start to Enroth tomorrow night.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Well Jes, you’ll like my post tomorrow as it’s all about Enroth. He played one heck of a game tonight and kind of does deserve all 3 stars lol.
      It’s a double header so I don’t know if Enroth will get the start tomorrow.

  • lamarred1118

    Ditto, I agree with your picks 100%. Zadarov and Risto showed why they were picked in the first round.
    Anyone else see the irony of pairing a 19 year old with Myers to steady the former Calder winner?

  • Justin Tosczak

    Good game. Good picks on 3 stars. Happy about the win.. but something has been bugging me a bit lately, and I am curious on other people’s opinions.

    We are obviously in a rebuild, that has been made clear. But what does that mean? New players? New systems? An excuse to lose? New ideas? I do not know.

    What I do know, however, is the most important thing in the rebuild is not about getting good players through trading or the draft (it is important, but not most), it is not about just getting new coaches and managers, and it is definitely not about just playing rookies to get experience. It is about developing what it means to be a Sabre, and developing a winning culture.

    If these rookies spend the first 3-4 years of their NHL career losing the majority of their games, then they are going to accept losing as an alternative to losing. When you look at the Bruins, Redwings, Blackhawks, Sharks, and Penguins, they all have developed this culture of winning. They expect to win every game, they expect to finish every check, and mostly, they play like they are family. And if you look closely, every player on each one of those teams, wants to be there. If they didn’t like it for a second, they would be gone.

    We need to start really showing our heart, and play like NHL players. Finish checks, dump and chase, make smart plays… AND MAKE CLEAN PASSES!! Even if we lose, and are competing and coming close every night we will progress…But right now, we get completely outplayed. Completely.

    My question is this, how do we actually change this season into a successful season. (Success may not be measured by wins this season) But what does Buffalo have to do to be a success in your eyes, or to truly delop this team properly?