No matter what lineup is provided to Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan, he seems to find a way to win.
The list of players that have at one point been in the Sabres lineup, and left, is lengthy. Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, Matt Moulson, Patrick Kaleta, Cody McCormick, Luke Adam, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Linus Omark, and more. During this game, Buffalo lost Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart to injuries.
Yet, the Sabres found a way to win again, this time on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Sadly, Nolan might not even stick around after this season.
The star of the game was easy to spot: Jhonas Enroth. For the second straight game, Enroth played his *** off, this time making 43 saves. Unlike some Sabres fans, I am optimistic that he can be the goaltender for the near-future.
The first goal was provided by Tyler Myers, with a nasty wrist shot. Myers has been coming into his own all season long, and I am glad Buffalo didn’t trade him.
Cody Hodgson quietly has had some very good games for the Sabres, and this was one of them. His efforts around the net led to Buffalo’s second goal, which was knocked in by Marcus Foligno. More energy and work from Hodgson earned him his own goal, which put the team up 3-1.
Despite the win, I am still not pleased or impressed with the moves the Sabres have been making, nor the immediate plans and direction of the team. It is clear that Buffalo is taking the longest road possible in a rebuilding process, and there were other options (more on this in a separate, upcoming article this weekend).
Great game by the underdogs tonight, as Buffalo took their keys out of the tank for another night.