Well the Buffalo Sabres put forth their best and most complete effort this season for a period and a half before things went downhill against the Anaheim Ducks. It was a rough game for the Sabres and their fans but there were a few positives and they are the three stars.
1st Star- Matt Moulson
The great thing about Matt Moulson is that he has yet to give-up like the rest of the team appears to have done. That’s probably because he’s working hard for a contract this offseason, but none-the-less it’s refreshing to see someone working hard to generate offence every game. Moulson had a brilliant play setting up the first goal from behind the net and finished the game with 2 assists. He’s skating hard every game and seems to have energized Tyler Ennis as he too is playing harder. Moulson led all forwards with ice time tonight and never gave up on this game even when it was 5-2, he still battled hard and tried to generate offence for the Sabres.
2nd Star- Tyler Myers
Yes, tonight Tyler Myers earns the second star for potting his first goal of the season. Sure the goal didn’t mean much but Myers used his size to create room in front of the net and hammered the puck home. In addition to Myers goal he was the only Sabres’ defencemen who wasn’t a minus player in the 6-3 loss. Myers has started to bounce back this season and is starting to round into shape on the blue line. He may never return to his Calder winning form, but he’s becoming more reliable and physical once again which is nice to see. Myers potted his first goal and hopefully that will help his confidence going forward.
3rd Star- the fans (Cody Hodgson)
You have no clue how badly I want to give the third star to all the fans who either spent money watching this game at the arena or had to watch the game from home. To sum it up tonight’s game was not pretty and one many Sabres will soon want to forget. Stick tap to all fans who sat through the entire game and watched this tough loss. But since the fans don’t have skates on their feet I’m giving the 3rd star to Cody Hodgson. When you look at tonight’s game there wasn’t too many others who deserved a star. Hodgson scored the first goal off a beautiful feed from Moulson and finished the night with a goal and an assist.
Tonight’s game was rough, hopefully Tuesday night’s game will be better.