So close. Yet so far. Two late third period goals were the main factor for this game.
Tonights three stars are as follows.
Third Star- Ryan Miller- I know. He is constantly on the lineup but honestly, he is facing 30+ shots a night and still managing to hold teams to less than or equal to 3 goals a night. Tonight, he faces 39 shots and still only lets in 3 goals, one of which should not even be his fault. Also managing to record an across-the-crease-low-shot glove save on Martin St. Louis that is worthy of Rick Jeanneret yelling into the microphone.
Second Star- Brian Flynn- Give him some credit, he is the only player that has worked game in and game out on every single game he has played in. Able to score his second of the season surely shows that. Tonight was another proving moment that he should be up on the roster full time. You have to respect his type of play and his work ethic.
First Star- Thomas Vanek- Finally starting to calm down, Vanek’s effort and play making abilities are now allowing him better offensive presence. He looked very calm and composed out there tonight, which is exactly what he needs to have. He didn’t overcommit to the rush, he hung back and waited for the puck to come to him, with Foligno passing at the opportune moment. Instead of being 3 steps ahead, he was right on with what needed to be done and I hope that the mentality stays.
I’ll be the one to admit this, but Ville Leino worked hard in this game for his first game back. It was his pressure on the puck in front of the net that McCormick was able to send across to Flynn for the equalizer. It wasn’t star worthy, but it was definitely key to tonight’s successes.