March 10, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Brian Flynn (65) jumps out of the way as puck hits Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Bruno Gervais (27) in front of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Three Stars

The Buffalo Sabres dropped a 4-3 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, thanks in part to last-minute goal by Vincent Lecavalier with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation. Although the end result wasn’t ideal, there were still some key performers on the Buffalo squad that helped put the team on the board and keep them in until things went a bit sour at the end.

Here’s my three stars of the game:

3. Jhonas Enroth – Time and time again, it’s the goaltending that keeps the Buffalo Sabres in the game and gives them a chance to win. Tonight, the Sabres were able to step up as a team, putting up three goals for Enroth – more than they’re able to do sometimes; it just ended up not being enough to garner the final two points. Regardless, Enroth made several key saves to keep the team in the game, including a save off his blocker that could have been a sure goal for the Flyers.

2. Steve Ott – I’ll admit I’m not always the first one to give Ott credit, but I’ll give it to him tonight. The Buffalo Sabres captain had a pair of assists tonight, including a beauty of a pass to Cody Hodgson for the opening goal of the game. He also took the shot that Matt D’Agostini dove to tip for the team’s second goal of the night. Tonight was Ott’s first multi-point game since he had a goal and assist in the November 15 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1. Cody Hodgson – In just his second game back from injury, Hodgson had a goal and an assist in tonight’s loss, including a great opening goal on a pass from captain Steve Ott. Of course, Matt D’Agostini also had a goal and an assist on the evening, so the first star could just as easily have gone to him – but in the end, you’ve got to give it to Hodgson, who now has three points in the last two games since coming back from injury.

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