Good morning, Sabre Noise readers!
I know many of you stayed up late last night, wondering when we here at Sabre Noise would name the Three Stars of last night’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Dallas Stars. As a matter of fact, you probably experienced difficulty falling asleep when you realize I was holding off on distributing my three stars, in order to deliberately ramp up your anticipation!
Well, enough already! Let’s see who played well enough to earn my three stars.
Third Star: Matt Moulson
Moulson wasn’t as effective as I would have liked, but he did provide assists on each of Buffalo’s two goals. He was also +2 on the evening, the only non-defenseman who can make that claim. Maybe all the trade rumors are distracting him a bit, since his play has been so-so as of late. Should he be traded, I’m willing to bet he will provide a strong showing should he reach the playoffs.
Second Star: Tyler Ennis
Mister offense last night. You know you’re on fire when the folks calling the game over at the NBC Sports Network are actually forced to give a Buffalo Sabres player a compliment! I forget the adjective that was used to describe Ennis – it may have been “superb” – but the fact that someone other than a Buffalo Sabres goaltender was commended by the fine folks at NBCSN blows my mind. Would that Ennis could play this well every night (although I still like the guy).
First Star: Jhonas Enroth
Duh, right? You could tell from the opening minutes of the first period that Enroth was locked in. I hesitate to call the first twenty minutes of last night’s game a “period,” as it really resembled something more along the lines of “target practice.” The Stars outshot the Sabres 16-5 in the period, and at one point I think I saw a Dallas player receive mail while he was camped out in Buffalo’s zone. (That’s my fancy way of saying Dallas was living in the Sabres’ end – ha ha!) Honestly, the first 20 minutes were not even close . . . and then the buzzer sounded with the Sabres ahead 1-0. None of Dallas’ goals were soft – two deflections and one tap-in following a beautiful pass from Shawn Horcoff – and Enroth was simply in control all night long, tracking the puck beautifully, limiting rebounds – the man was proving to us all that he is ready to be The Guy in Buffalo.
Hope it was worth the wait! Chime in below and let me know how I’ve done!