Jan 23, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Phil Varone (84) checks Carolina Hurricanes left wing Nathan Gerbe (14) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Three Stars vs Carolina Hurricanes

It’s almost getting unbearable to watch – Buffalo had three leads tonight and each time we watched them evaporate, the team never fully able to overcome and use the momentum to take it from a close game to a game they controlled.

I was really hoping that one of the stars tonight would be Jhonas Enroth – but he looked about as comfortable in the net tonight as Ryan Miller has lately – and that is not a good sign for the Buffalo Sabres.  So with that, here is the three stars for tonights 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Third Star – Phil Varone.  Yeah – that’s right – I am going to give the new kid on the block the third star tonight.  You know why – he just showed up and was given a chance to show exactly what needs to happen every shift by every player.  It was a long road to the NHL for Varone who notched his first career NHL point tonight.  Hard work and a little grit are going to get you playing time on a Ted Nolan hockey team, and if he has anything to say about it – Varone will get another shot in Buffalo.  On top of his one assist, Varone added two hits and took two shots.

Second Star – Cody Hodgson.  If Hodgson could score more goals like he did to open up the scoring for the Buffalo Sabres – he might just be deserving of that number one center role even if his defensive game isn’t all there.

First Star – Tyler Ennis.  He got the third star in the game and his goal was one that the Sabres would have missed more often than not when the offense wasn’t clicking.  It was really hard to pick a first star tonight, with the bad defensive play, and the fact that only two Buffalo players walked away with a positive +/- rating.

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