The Buffalo Sabres fell to the New York Islanders Saturday night by the score of 4-1. It marks the third game in a row which the Sabres have allowed at least four goals against, while tallying a total of four goals themselves during that same span. Saturday also marked their fifth loss in a row, with a total of six wins in their last 23 games.
Recognizing the efforts of a few Sabres who played admirably tonight:
3rd Star: Jhonas Enroth
Although a 4-1 loss may not bode well for a losing goaltender, the Buffalo Sabres don’t suffer usual losses. Enroth kept the game closer than the score indicated, stopping 34 of 37 shots and earning a save percentage a hair below 92%. The Islanders third goal was a mental lapse by Buffalo’s defense in their own zone which led to a Ryan Strome breakaway and easy put-away. Add an Islanders power-play goal and an empty-netter, and it wasn’t a bad overall effort by the Swedish backstop.
2nd Star: Drew Stafford
The line of Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis continued to provide the Sabres their best offensive chances. Stafford picked up his 16th assist of the season on Buffalo’s lone goal early in the third period. The Minnesota native remains one of the hottest Sabres on the ice with nine goals and 16 points over his last 17 games. Stafford continued to create chances around the Islander net, and logged the third-most ice-time of all the Sabres’ forwards.
1st Star: Tyler Ennis
Ennis tallied his team-leading 18th goal and 36th point of the season on the power-play early in the third period to put the Sabres on the board. Although he only had two shots on goal, Ennis was one of the constant creators all night logging the most ice-time of all forwards. Like Stafford, Ennis has been one of Buffalo’s most reliable scorers in 2014 with 10 goals and 21 points in his last 24 games.
The Sabres return home Sunday night to host the Montreal Canadians.