Jan 15, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer (34) stops Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons (28) on a penalty shot attempt during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres: 3 Stars Against Leafs

Tonight the Buffalo Sabres traveled north to take on Tim Redinger’s least-favorite NHL team: the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It was an entertaining affair as usual, although the Sabres lost in a shootout 4-3. Here are, in my opinion, the Sabres 3 stars of the game…

3. Zemgus Girgensons

Not only did Girgs lead the Sabres forwards in ice time, but he was a ball of energy all night. His efforts resulted in a breakaway, a penalty shot, and another partial breakaway (he should have shot the puck, but instead tried to pass to Brian Flynn). He also made a hard drive to the net in the first period. Alternate choice: Ryan Miller, who stopped 36 of 39 shots, but allowed all 3 Leafs shooters to score in the shootout.

2. Zemgus Girgensons

Girgs not only led in ice-time, he also led in shots on goal with 6. He was relentless, always out-racing the Leafs to loose pucks and helping generate a bevvy of scoring opportunities for Buffalo. Alternate choice: Matt Moulson

1. Zemgus Girgensons

Girgs not only led the Sabres in ice time, shots on goal, and energy…he also led the team in hits. Zemgus laid out a whopping 13 (you read that right, 13) hits on the Maple Leafs tonight. Z was only one hit shy of tying the all-time NHL record for hits in a game. Girgensons was the man tonight, he contributed with offense chances, and added a high level of physicality. Too bad it was all for nothing in a Sabres loss. Well, hey, they picked up a point…

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