The Boston Bruins showed the Buffalo Sabres tonight what it meant to be a play a tough home game, as the Buffalo Sabres struggled to get the
puck to bounce their way. It took awhile, but finally we saw some spark as to why Buffalo vs Boston should still be considered a rivalry.
In another game where it is tough to pick out three top players on a team that largely played well but failed to cash in on opportunities, here are your three stars for the Buffalo Sabres tonight.
Third Star: Tyler Myers. The kid continues to show signs of improvement, and standing up for himself against Patrice Bergeron, and not only holding his own, but “winning” the fight. I don’t think it swung the momentum of the game in either teams favor, but when your biggest defenseman starts pulling cards like that in a game, you know his head is in the game and compete is high on his to do list. If Myers can continue to make his presence known – the Buffalo Sabres might actually have their Calder level defenseman back and offensive players may think twice before taking exceptions in the Sabres zone.
Second Star: Drew Stafford. Sure he didn’t score a goal tonight, but he did lead the team in the faceoff circle, just slightly less than Matt Ellis. Ellis continues to show that he will work hard, and that will be rewarded under the Ted Nolan system- but is still only on the ice for 9 minutes tonight. Stafford had four shots, but was a minus 2. Still deserves second star honors in my book.
First Star: Zemgus Girgensons. With the only goal for the Sabres tonight, and a nifty one at that Girgensons gets the first star. Girgensons again played as advertised, stepping into situations where toughness is necessary and going to the dirty areas to score goals. Much like is goal against the Ottawa Senators there was a fair amount of luck to it, but Girgensons again proves that if you throw it at the net with confidence the puck is going to find the back of the net.