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Buffalo Sabres Three Stars Versus Dallas Stars

Regardless of the loss, Buffalo took a huge step in the right direction. As much as I will miss Thomas Vanek, I am very excited to see what Matt Moulson has to offer.

Lindy Ruff was back in town tonight for his first time coaching against the team he led for 16 seasons, coming away with a win 4-3 against Buffalo. Tonights three stars for Buffalo are…

Oct 28, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) and Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley (6) go for a loose puck as goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) defends the net during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Third Star: Steve Ott is now the full-time captain, and he stepped up in a big way tonight. Able to bounce back after a double-minor penalty and net a goal is what Buffalo needs out of their now full-time captain. What a way to show that you are leader material. On top of that, Ott took it upon himself to take full responsibility of his penalties, showing that he won’t point fingers, instead he is going to suck it up and move on.

Second Star: Tyler Ennis. Not a popular name when it comes to being one of the three stars, but with a new linemate in Matt Moulson, Ennis looked like he may have some chemistry with the newcomer. It looks like he has someone who is able to keep up with him and change his pace on a dime, someone that I have felt Ennis has needed for a long time. Putting up 2 assists tonight, both on the Moulson goals, hopefully that means that the sleeping game that Ennis has been experiencing is soon to be awoken.

First Star: This should come as no surprise. Matt Moulson, scoring not only once but TWICE in his Sabres debut. Showing the hometown crowd his wristshot-heard-round-the-world on his first goal, and then showing what he can do in front of the net on his second goal to cut the lead down to one goal. If rumors hold true and Moulson is only here to sweeten another deal in the future. I would have to advise Regier, if he is still around at that time, to NOT do that. If he pans out to be a scorer much like tonight, we should keep him, not deal him.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres

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    I was pleased to see Moulson score two goals tonight. He came in a night after being separated with his partner in crime Tavares and showed he can score without him. I hope it wasn’t a fluke performance, and that he can provide a renewed spirit to the team. I know the thought is he won’t stay, but if we can pay him the right amount to keep him, we should.

    • Ben Chalker

      there was a chart on bleacher report I think that showed Moulson and Tavares scoring and corsi with and without each other. the numbers seem to indicate that Tavares got the bigger boost from the pairing than Moulson.

      • Jes

        Really? That’s insane. So in retrospect Vanek should be giving Tavares a pretty big boost.

  • Jes

    Even though we lost I think this was the best game played by everyone who’s name isn’t Ryan Miller.

    1. Moulson – Two goals in your debut is pretty big time. Especially on a team like this. I’m loving that top line.
    2. Ott – Played great, and showed many people why he is captain.
    3. ? Lots of people able to get this one. I think Grigorenko played awesome. Finally got some ice time on a good line. Myers also stepped it up. Ennis had the two assists but he really didn’t do much IMO.