Talk about a strange game, heck a strange week of hockey related things for the Buffalo Sabres. As early as Monday Jim Benning was expected to the be new GM of the Buffalo, but then almost as quickly as the snow vortex rolled into Buffalo Tim Murray came in and stole the job away. Today Tim Murray was announced as the new GM and the Sabres faced-off against the Florida Panthers is a crazy game.
It was a game that saw 6 posts in regulation- 4 alone in the third- and then two in the shootout which ended up costing the Sabres another point. But that’s a story for another day, instead now we move onto the three stars from tonight’s game.
Third Star- Steve Ott
Steve Ott had a fairly solid game tonight despite the loss. He had the primary assist on the Buffalo Sabres only goal setting up McBain from the point. He played tough, he played hard and he generated several offencive chances- he just could capitalize on any. He also did a fantastic job killing penalties tonight for the Sabres. The captain had a good showing at home tonight but just couldn’t lead this team to their 6th straight home win.
Second Star- Jamie McBain
In a game like tonight’s when the Sabres could only manage a single goal, one of the stars has to go to the goal scorer so tonight’ Jamie McBain takes home the 2nd star honours. He scored the Buffalo Sabres only goal tonight and much like his linemate Ott generated lots of offence and multiple scoring chances. McBain led the team with 4 shots tonight.
First Star- Jhonas Enroth
I’ll be frank right off the bat. Did I think Enroth had the greatest game? No, not by a long-shot. He was quite shaky right off the bat as he fought the puck with every save in the first period, but to his credit he battled hard and settled into his game. He made 34 saves in the shootout loss but also got help from 6 posts… 6… if that’s not lucky I don’t know what is.
He finished the night allowing just one goal with a .971 Save Percentage. Jhonas Enroth played well enough to win tonight but just couldn’t get enough support from his Buffalo Sabres teammates on offence or defence. Like Enroth said himself; “It’s tough to win with this team.”