Jumping on shaky goaltending early on was key for the Buffalo Sabres, as they cruised past a stumbling Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-3 victory, bringing Columbus’ 8-game win streak to a screeching halt.
With two shorthanded goals in a game since 2007, Buffalo proved that even on a cold streak, they have the ability to flip it and correct themselves.
With that…..your three stars of tonight are….
Third Star: Marcus Foligno- On an odd-man rush a little bit over three minutes into the second period, Foligno notched his only goal of the game, nonetheless on the penalty kill for the second shorthander of the game. Marcus showed Nick that while big brother can score, little brother can do it with a man down. Marcus’ game has been on a whole different, as he is using the time that he is seeing to make an impact, and with two minutes on the penalty kill tonight, I am sure with the goal Nolan will be utilizing him a bit more.
Second Star: Christian Ehrhoff- Hoff played a fantastic game tonight, adding a beautiful shorthanded goal on top of two assists, as well as helping to stifle the Jackets powerplay, seeing the fourth most time on the penalty kill. Ehrhoff has five points in five nights (1 G, 5 A’s), and is getting a lot of work from Nolan. He’s not the scorer that Buffalo should have on the blue line, but he is the massive assist gainer that helps get pucks to the net and more importantly, in it.
First Star: Ryan Miller- Hanging with a three game skid on his head, it was no surprise Miller would turn right around and return himself to his previous form and start his winning ways. With 38 shots against and only two goals allowed past, it was a familiar showing as Miller backstopped his team en route to the victory. With the olympics just around the corner, the Sabres have seven games remaining until the break that starts February 6th. With him playing like this, expect Miller to see a majority of those games, with some rest at the tail end of the stretch.
Buffalo travels down to Pittsburgh on Monday night, taking on the Metropolitan-leading Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 PM.
What are your thoughts on tonight’s performance? Was Buffalo lucky that Columbus was dragging their feet? Or were the Sabres just on their game double-time tonight? Shoot us an email at [email protected], or comment below, and don’t forget to tweet us!