The Buffalo Sabres get another point at the First Niagara Center through 65 minutes of play, largely in part of their goaltender once again. With
Jonathan Quick injured late in the game, the fate of the winless Buffalo Sabres fell on LA Backup goalie Ben Scrivens. Here are the three stars for the Buffalo Sabres tonight as the Buffalo Sabres get their first two points at the First Niagara Center against the Los Angeles Kings – a team that shut them out just five days ago.
Third Star – Rick Jeanneret. Come on – I know the Buffalo Sabres just won their first home game of the regular season so far – but when your 72 year old play-by-play broadcaster – who has been sitting in the press box for the entire history of the franchise calls 65 minutes of game action and a shootout from ice level between the boards with Rob Ray – you have to give the man credit. He also got to meet the son of former Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan – as Jordan Nolan made RJ duck for cover as he almost ended up in the broadcasters lap courtesy of the Carubba Collision of the game – the first time that RJ got to make that call in a play that he was almost involved in. And then he closed out his historic broadcast with another gem for Buffalo Sabres fans to hold onto forever – Ladies and Gentlemen, the monkey has left the building.
If you don’t like that choice – then you can give it to my honorable mention Matt Moulson – who added assists eight and nine tonight – once with Steve Ott on the ice and once with Tyler Ennis on the ice.
Second Star – Cody Hodgson. Speaking of the top line – Moulson, Ott, and Ennis all got assists on Cody Hodgson’s two goals tonight. His offensive leadership was timely as it kept the Buffalo Sabres in the game – and even gave them the go ahead position on the power play for goals six and seven on the year. Buffalo could have scored a bit more if they had peppered Jonathan Quick a lot more – but were badly outshot once again.
First Star – is there any doubt in your mind that once again – the Buffalo Sabres first star of the night goes to Ryan Miller? In a showcase of potential Team USA candidates for starting goalie – Ryan Miller faced 45 shots, and stopped 43 of them. In a game that could have, in the words of Mike Robitaille – gone South quickly – the Sabres got out shot 3 to 1 – but were able to keep the game tied through 65 minutes. Ryan Miller was again instrumental in keeping his team in the game long enough for them to get their offensive legs underneath them and solve the opposing goalie. Despite the teams subpar play so far this year, Ryan Miller is making a very strong case for the starting gig in Sochi – and tonight was just another strong showing – although his competition could have just gotten thinned out, as Quick leaves tonight’s game with what looks like a freak injury as he pushes awkwardly off the post.