Feb 3, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with his teammates during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres - Oilers: Three Stars That Don't Play In A Vacuum Edition

Happy Create a Vacuum Day, everyone!

Wait – what’s that?  You didn’t know that today, February 4, was Create a Vacuum Day?  Seriously?  How could you NOT know that!  You need to get caught up on all of your bizarre holidays, my friends!

In honor of this weird, possibly made-up “holiday,” my three stars for last night’s game are going to reward the people who don’t operate in a vacuum – team players, if you will.

Third Star: Tyler Ennis

Ennis managed to lead the Sabres in shots with 6, and although he didn’t wind up with anything to show for his efforts, he has been one of the bright spots for this team this season.  I appreciate your efforts, Mr. Ennis, even though I question whether the team will re-sign you in the offseason,  You keep playing for that new contract, though!

Second Star: Zemgus Girgensons

This kid is something, I tell you!  Four hits last night.  One assist.  One shot.  64% success rate in the faceoff circle.  All that, in just over 13 minutes on the ice.  He’s not just a team player; Z is THE face of the team for the next 5-10 years.  If you do nothing else the rest of the season, just watch this kid play!

First Star: Steve Ott

The captain had a good night last night, logging 22 minutes of ice time and tying the game up in the first period on the power play.  He also hit iron later in the game, and administered three hits on the evening.    Ott’s another guy playing for a contract, but whereas I don’t know if Ennis fits in Buffalo’s plans for the future, I sure as hell hope Steve Ott does.

There you have it , folks: my three stars for the evening. Now go create yourself a vacuum, so long as you don’t try to live in one!

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