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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