Well folks, it wasn’t the greatest showing at Madison Square Garden by the Buffalo Sabres. After coming off of relatively decent game against the Dallas Stars, I had my hopes set high that the boys in Blue and Gold would perform in a similar fashion against the New York Rangers. I was mistaken. The Sabres fell to New York 2-0 on a dreary Halloween night. A few guys still showed up to play, but unfortunately it was slim pickings…
Third Star: Rasmus Ristolainen is getting the third star not for his production, but for his noticeable improvement 15 games into the season. He is skating with much more confidence and I think he will continue to serve the Buffalo Sabres well going forward. He led the Sabres with 6 hits and his presence was noticeable on the ice. He even landed the Carubba Collision!
Second Star: I know this may sound crazy, but tonight’s second star goes to Tyler Myers. Say what? Sure he was -1 on the night, but not big deal when Buffalo gives up 2 goals. Myers gets his star for well…not being Myers. He wasn’t the best player on the ice tonight, but he wasn’t a hindrance. The Myers that we have become accustomed to this season disappeared. He was active on the boards, handled the puck smartly and most importantly wasn’t dead weight. In addition to leading the team in ice time, Myers ended the night with 3 shots, 2 blocks and only 1 giveaway – I’ll take it.
First Star: It’s tough to award a first star when Buffalo didn’t get a puck behind Henrik Lundqvist. Call me crazy, but I’m going to give tonight’s to the Third Period. The Sabres are infamous for taking a while to get going. Unfortunately, it came too late in tonight’s matchup. My theory: The Sabres were so excited to go Trick or Treating in NYC that they did not realize they had a hockey game to play until the 3rd period. If the Sabres can play all three periods like they did the third tonight, we may actually win a few games. But in typical Buffalo fashion, they come up short in the shutout.