Nov 21, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Sabres, 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres at Flyers: 3 Stars


Sorry, Sabres fans, but I had a very difficult time selecting 3 stars from the game Buffalo played against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. Watching the 4-1 loss tonight, it is painfully obvious that the team is comprised of 2nd and 3rd line players, or worse. So, here we go:

#3 – Tyler Ennis

For most of the game, Ennis was skating hard, and aggressive on the forecheck. His energy level and intensity helped to create the first goal of the game, which ended up being the only one scored by the Sabres. While I do not believe Ennis has first-line talent, it was refreshing to see someone playing with eagerness, and like he wanted to win.

#2 – Steve Ott

Under Ron Rolston, Ott seemed to lost the edge which is the cornerstone of his game. He was in full force tonight, being a pest, and pissing off the Flyers. With the Flyers about to embark on a powerplay in a close 2-1 game, he suckered the Flyers into a penalty to nullify the potential power-play. He also later goaded Zac Rinaldo into a 10-minute misconduct, and kept Wayne Simmonds off his game all night. Ott is one of the only current players on the team that made this game watchable from the standpoint of a Sabres fan.

#1 – Ryan Miller

Miller is still the only star on the Buffalo Sabres, and continued to write his resume to be the Team USA goaltender for the upcoming Olympics. The Flyers fired a ridiculous 46 shots on goal – and Miller stopped 43 of them. He also kept the team in the game despite a pair of 5-on-3 powerplays for the Flyers, and various other idiotic penalties incurred by his teammates.

Goat Of The Game – Tyler Myers

When does the rollercoaster called Tyler Myers ever end? Some games he is trying to play defense, some games he is trying to play offense, most games he is taking stupid penalties. With the Sabres down only 2-1, and the teams playing 4-on-4, Myers took an unnecessarily boneheaded penalty to put the Flyers on a 4-3 powerplay. Philly then scored, ending any hopes of a Sabres comeback. No, it was not his only penalty of the night…

 

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  • Vic Soga

    Myers has never learned to check. He always cross checks and now getting caught. Put him in front of the net on the PP. At least he can’t cough up the puck. Is Pysyk going to Rochester or is it time to get rid of Weber?

    • Andrew

      Oh, Weber. We want him to be better than he is, so badly. It ain’t happenin’

  • Jes

    That cross check wasn’t even a cross check. The guy just gave him a gentle push and the guy embellishes it and goes down. Pathetic on whoever that was. Myers been playing good lately. Give him his dues already. Would you rather have a guy who plays one of offense or defense? Or both? Personally I think Myers switching his tactics every now and then is a good idea. He’s never been a defensive defensemen, he’s been noted for offense and offense only. So I don’t know why people are on this guy for lack of defensive abilities? Pretty dumb IMO.

    1st Star – Miller – Who else but goaltending.

    2nd Star – Ott – Great at getting other players to commit penalties. Was hoping
    John Scott come in and knock that douche out of his skates.

    3rd Star – Myers – Played some good offense tonight. Turning around very nicely.

    • Andrew

      I would prefer that Myers works on perfecting his game as an offensive defenseman. He doesn’t know how to use his body positionally when it comes to playing defense.

      This means the Sabres need to stop using him in a shutdown role and in lockdown situations. It only confuses him.

      Kind of like a Brent Burns type.

      • Jes

        True. He’s got better defensive upside then Burns though. But basically in the same boat.

        • Andrew

          It’s just that he’s hitting the age soon, if not now, where he either develops into a stud in some form, or stays a mediocre, average player.

  • JHizzle75

    Ok … So if we’re going to keep Scott in the lineup for any length of time, why not put him on defence for awhile ( he HAS played as a D man before) and try a little experiment with Myers as a forward???? Couldn’t get any worse

    • Andrew

      Oddly enough, I submitted this same suggestion (Myers at forward) to the broadcast crew 2 years ago, and it was discussed on air. Roby laughed it off.

      • JHizzle75

        Ha ha. I was dead serious, though. He has a lot of offensive upside, and if he coughed it up as a forward at least he would have defence to back him up instead of hanging Miller and Enroth out to dry

        • Andrew

          It’s already a lost season. Try it out, see what ya got.

  • davidmuscalo

    I think too much is expected of Myers (I know I have been guilty of it in the past). We just have face the fact that his a mediocre player who actually lacks the talent we thought he had. Basically, he great physical size, but lacks the mental toughness needed to be an effective defensemen in this league. There is still time for him to develop, but you can’t make a silk purse from a sow ear.

    • Andrew

      I think he has talents, but yes, fans and Sabres brass are expecting more than he can do.