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.
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
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
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?