Dec 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) scores on Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) to win the game during the shootout at First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Capitals 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres vs. Washington Capitals: Three Stars

The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals Sunday night by a score of 2-1, capturing an eventual victory in a shootout after regulation time resulted in a 1-1 tie. Let’s take a look at three players who were the difference-makers in tonight’s win for the Buffalo Sabres.

Tonight’s three stars of the game, as voted on by yours truly:

  1. Ryan Miller, goaltender, Buffalo Sabres – The obvious of obvious choices. Miller had a career-high 49 saves in tonight’s win for the Sabres; he also stopped all six Washington players in the shootout. Anyone can see that he was at the top of his game tonight, and certainly deserves top-star honors. Something else he deserves? That Olympic-team roster spot he’ll be officially named to on Wednesday.
  2. Drew Stafford, right winger, Buffalo Sabres - Stafford notched the lone goal for Buffalo during regulation time, tipping in Christian Ehrhoff‘s shot to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. He also had a team-high four shots on the night, accounting for almost a quarter of the Sabres total shots on the evening.
  3. Steve Ott, center, Buffalo Sabres - I’m going to go ahead and give the captain of the Buffalo Sabres the third star in tonight’s game. Ott had over 20 minutes of ice time, one of the higher on the team, and had one shot on goal and one takeaway. He won 78 percent of the faceoffs he took tonight and also had a team-high eight hits. Of course, perhaps Ott’s most memorable (and most important) contribution to this evening’s game was his game-winning tally in the shootout.

I’d arguably give honorable mentions to Christian Ehrhoff, who was officially named the game’s third star, and Matt Moulson. Ehrhoff had an assist on Stafford’ss gal and had nearly 25 minutes of ice time; he had one hit and blocked one shot. Moulson was kept off the scoresheet, but he had three assists and two hits in tonight’s performance against the Washington Capitals.

Next up for the Sabres is a New Year’s Eve meeting with the Jets up north in Winnipeg.

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