Feb 02, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) during the warm-up session before the first period against Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Three Stars VS The New Jersey Devils


Jhonas Enroth (1)
Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This game was…………….uneventful for the Buffalo Sabres, to say the least. The team played well enough to stay in the game up until the overtime period – goaltending was a major reason why though. In my opinion the Sabres players all played fairly well, one player in particular stood out though – I am pretty sure I don’t even need to say his name, we all know who it is.

I know you opened this article expecting to see my Three Stars Of The Game, well, I am going to switch it up a little bit tonight.

I am going to give three star ratings to the team – breaking it down by Defense, Forwards, and Goaltending. The star ratings will be the opposite of the format of the actual three stars system.

  • 1 Star = Garbage
  • 2 Stars = Mediocre/Average
  • 3 Stars = Spectacular!

Defense = 2 Stars

The game had its back and forth moments, each team had momentum at certain points in the game, but I would have to say that New Jersey had more of those moments then the Sabres. The defense, for the most part, did fairly well holding off the Devils when they were pushing strong. The Sabres killed off two penalties, and specifically did a great job on the kill during the one penalty during the third period.

The overtime goal was a moment where the Devils capitalized, the Sabres defense could have shutdown Bernier – they weren’t outnumbered. I am sure it could easily be argued that the defense played like garbage, and that Enroth kept them in the game – for some reason though, I think they played decently.

Best Players

Christian Ehrhoff – 1 Shot, 1 Hit, 2 Block Shots, 1 Takeaway

Mike Weber – 1 Shot, 4 Hits, 2 Blocked Shots

 

Forwards = 1 Star

This rating may be a little harsh, but hear my out. The Sabres had a total of 15 shots on goal – more shots would have created more opportunity (DUH!). The forwards were sloppy moving the puck into the offensive zone, and once they were in there, they didn’t work hard enough to create quality chances – it has been the story all season, nothing is working offensively. The forecheck was barely existent, I only noticed a few players working really hard on the forecheck and trying to create turnovers. With that being said, there also wasn’t much play behind the net – no puck cycling, no wearing down the Devils defense.

Marcus Foligno (82)
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Best Players

Marcus Foligno – 1 Hit, 1 Blocked Shot, 1 Awesome Fight!

Matt Moulson/Cody Hodgson/Drew Stafford – 5 Shots, 3 Hits – Best Line

 

Goaltending = 3 Stars

Easily the highlight of the night for the Sabres. Jhonas Enroth certainly stole the show, and easily outplayed the opposite netminder – Cory Schneider. Enroth faced almost double the shots as Schneider – stopping 23 of 24 shots (.958 save percentage). He was the reason that the Sabres made it to overtime, and weren’t down 2 or 3 goals by the end of the game. Don’t get me wrong, the defense helped out at times, but there were also moments where Enroth was left out to dry by the defense and he made spectacular saves to bail them out – story of the season!

 

Feel free to share your three stars of the game below, or use my format and rate each category with the three star rating system created.

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  • Jes

    Go back to the normal three star thing this is just out there lol…..

    I don’t know how Weber was on your list of best players? Guy got another -1 tonight in a 1 goal game, and honestly didn’t do anything special. Only thing that he did good tonight was the hit part of his game. Otherwise the guy blows.

    What about D’Agostini? He had an awesome night. Played well throughout the whole game. Nobody really on offense deserved a star tonight but if I have to give it to someone it would have to be Foligno for knocking the shit out of Ryan Carter.

    Only star for the Sabres tonight was really only Enroth. The guy is ready to step in. Happy he will get his shot next year.

    • Mark Huss

      I agree on the Enroth part, which is why I tried something different. Sorry you didn’t like it.

      In my opinion D’Agostini would have had an awesome night if he set up a goal or scored himself. Neither of which happened though. He was one of the better players yes, but not a star of the game.

      Stats wise Weber played decent, I believe he led the team in hits and he blocked a few shots. Yes he was out there for the goal against, but does that negative 60 minutes of hard work? I suppose it could, nonetheless, I chose who I chose for my own reason, and you have yours.

      In the end, like you said, no one really shined, and no spectacular plays were made on either side of the ice, other than in the Sabres crease.

      Thanks for commenting!

      • Jes

        It’s not that I didn’t like it. It’s just that it is a 3 stars column right? So in terms you should have a list of the Sabres 3 stars. I like the idea. You guys should have another column after games called Rating The Team or something. Then rate forwards as a whole, defense as a whole and the goalie. It’s pretty cool idea.

  • JHizzle75

    The Devils could have had 30+ shots .
    I wasn’t keeping track, but it sure seemed like they missed the net a lot on quality scoring chances.