There isn’t a lot of love for the Blue and Gold when the Buffalo Sabres follow up one of their best outings on the ice in a long time, with an
absolute stinker the next game. While there was plenty of positives to look forward to after the Buffalo Sabres skated to a shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks – it seems as if the Buffalo Sabres wanted to take several steps back and continue to look for their first winning streak of the season. Regardless – here are the three stars of the game for the Buffalo Sabres for November 7, 2013.
Third Star – Tyler Myers. Go ahead, say what you will about the Buffalo Sabres defense man, but I think he played another solid game. Sure there is still plenty wrong with his game – something he hasn’t been able to figure out since his Calder Memorial season – but the defense man played out of character tonight – and despite his poor showing in the fight – he dropped the gloves and stood up for a teammate. Yes he had 11 penalty minutes – but that is going to come with the territory. He also had more shots than any other player on the Sabres tonight other than Matt Moulson. Watching this team the last two days skate with two tough teams – and stand tall and tough without Patrick Kaleta and John Scott is exactly what this team needs.
Second Star – Corey Tropp. I had a hard time picking out a second star. When your team doesn’t produce – consistently – it is difficult to find the bright spots. 5 on 5 – the Buffalo Sabres held their own against the Kings, but allowed themselves to parade to the penalty box – which is very dangerous against the Kings. In 11 minutes of play – Tropp had three shots, second most on the team (tied with Myers) and a hit.
First Star – Jhonas Enroth. I don’t agree with Ron Rolston on his decision to play Jhonas Enroth – other than the fact that Ryan Miller faced almost 100 shots in his last two outings – but how do you reward a guy who just beat one of the best teams in the National Hockey League -a man who despite knowing he is not going to be on this team beyond the trade deadline, a goalie who has been one of the sole reasons you haven’t been absolutely blown out several times this season – the chance to help the team get their first winning streak of the season started? Another sign that Rolston is in over his head. Anyways – Jhonas Enroth goes down with another loss, but not of his own fault. Enroth only faced 28 shots tonight – a low number for this years Buffalo Sabres squad – and only allowed two goals – both of which came when the Kings had the man advantage.