The Buffalo Sabres played 10 seconds of great hockey – that would be the 10 seconds it took Ennis to open up the scoring in the beginning of the game. After which, the Sabres played 59 minutes and 50 seconds of decent/mediocre hockey – which resulted in a 4-1 loss to the Blues.
There wasn’t too much spectacular play in this particular game, at least from the Sabres that is. One line showed some fight though, the Ennis-Leino-Ott trio skated well, and most importantly, they were getting pucks to the net. The line had a total of 7 shots, which resulted in the only goal of the game for the Sabres.
Third Star - Zemgus Girgensons
As we move through this season, I like the play of Girgensons more and more. I think there is something to be said about him staying up with the Sabres, while Mikhail Grigorenko is on the outside looking in.
Girgensons has been everything he was advertised as, and that is what he showed against the Blues as well. He is non-stop, always skating hard, making big hits, and trying to generate goals in any way possible. Unfortunately he did not generate much tonight, but he was one of the hardest working Sabres out on the ice. He recorded 4 hits in the game, and had just over 15 minutes of ice-time.
Second Star - Tyler Ennis
As mentioned, Ennis scored the only goal of the game for the Sabres- just 10 seconds into the game he received a pass from Leino right in front of the crease and buried it in the back of the net. As time went on, Ennis continued to play well, driving to the net and making his presence known. Like Girgensons, Ennis was working hard and was able to get pucks towards the net. Ennis ended the night with 1 goal, 3 shots on net, while playing just shy of 15 minutes.
First Star - Ville Leino
Without the strong play of Leino right off the opening draw, Jaroslav Halak would of had a shutout. Leino deserves all the credit for the Sabres one and only goal. In just 10 seconds, he gained possession of the puck, skated hard towards the net, and made a great pass to the front of the crease where Ennis was in perfect position to end the stellar sequence with a goal. Leino was all over the ice tonight as well, winning battles, and making plays. He also had an amazing chance to add a second goal for the Sabres, but was robbed by Halak. Leino had 1 assist, 3 shots on goal, and almost 16 minutes of ice-time.
An exciting beginning to the game slowly but surely diminished as the Blues picked apart the Sabres and scored 4 goals to win the game on the road. If this were a Blues blog, Brenden Morrow and Jaroslav Halak would have easily been the stars in this article – lucky for you though, you’re a Sabres fan and read this Sabres blog!
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