Another game in the history books for the Buffalo Sabres and another loss that left a
lot to be desired. After a first period in which the Buffalo Sabres looked to be in control of their own destiny, they slowly drifted off leaving the Senators to grab a 2-1 victory.
Another Buffalo loss, and more importantly, another Buffalo Sabres loss that is really difficult to find three stand out stars of the game for the Blue and Gold.
Third Star – Zemgus Girgensons. He had almost seventeen minutes on the ice tonight, could only muster one shot on goal in the first period. Sure he snapped his three game point streak, but for a rookie he is doing everything right. He is not the type of hockey player that is going to pick up his team and carry them on a nightly basis (apparently that is Tyler Ennis‘ job on this team). He drew a penalty, he was present, and he didn’t cost the Buffalo Sabres. Girgensons played better than half the game, was even, and even put up two hits.
Second Star – Drew Stafford. It’s a good thing many of you don’t know where I live, or I would be scraping frozen egg off the front of my house tomorrow after you all read this. Sure no one wants the Buffalo Sabres to keep Drew Stafford as he just has never been worth the return on investment. Just as Rich is championing for Ville Leino until he gets a goal for the Sabres – the same campaign may get started for Stafford here as well. With six shots on goal – Drew Stafford has really picked up his game and was all over the ice tonight. While he wasn’t visible on the shot counter in the first period, as the rest of the team went into night off mode, he had three shots in the second and three in the third. And that’s just shots, not his Corsi number.
First Star – For anyone interested in the advanced statistics of hockey that are evolving more and more – it would be interested in seeing how many times Tyler Ennis has hit the first star for the Buffalo Sabres. 21 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time, seven shots on goal including the Sabres only goal netted him third star honors from the actual game, and was enough to catapult him into first star honors from Sabrenoise.
The Buffalo Sabres are off again until Saturday when they take on the Calgary Flames in a matinee affair.