Mar 16, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan watches his team during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Lieuwen Takes Top Honor As Buffalo Sabres Drop To Calgary Flames, 3-1

The Buffalo Sabres, A.K.A. the team currently comprised of players they just recently received in a trade or called up from Rochester with some old Sabres thrown in, traveled across North America to start their five game road trip in Calgary Alberta last night by dropping a 3-1 sleeper to the Calgary Flames. After starting the post-Olympic break with a new head on their shoulders, the loss tonight puts Buffalo on a 7-game skid.

Starting tonight, Buffalo only dressed nine players who dressed for opening night back in October. Injured names filled the scratched list, stretching to almost the same length as the roster itself. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but the list is pretty long.

Mar 18, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Buffalo Sabres goalie Nathan Lieuwen (50) warms up against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

In tonight’s game, Buffalo only recorded 14 shots on net, opposite the Flames recording 26 shots.

Tonight, your three stars are….

Third Star: Cody Hodgson- Tonight, Hodgson was silent, recording no goals or assists. But he still was all over the ice doing whatever he needed to do in order to try and win tonight, granted that result was the other story. He managed to fire off 3 shots, creating some chances. Other than that, Hodgson remained pretty quiet, coming on and going off the ice.

Second Star: Drew Stafford- It’s impossible to say that Stafford has been lacking lately, as his game reads quite the opposite. Stafford scored the lone goal tonight, the opener for both teams before Calgary’s three unanswered goals. Over the past 12 games, Stafford has scored 4 G’s, 4 A’s, being held without a point in only 5 of those games; tonight’s game was no different. He was a workhorse all over the ice, throwing hits, taking shots and just being a leader wherever he was needed. By the way, that wrap around play was beautifully done!

First Star: Nathan Lieuwen- Making his first start as a Sabre, fresh off of his 10 save effort against Montreal. In my opinion, Lieuwen was fantastic. He stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced, in only his second game. With Buffalo getting a good look at what their goalie depth looks like, I can for sure say that Lieuwen is a great asset to have. Becoming the 40th goaltender to play at least one game for the Buffalo Sabres, Lieuwen will be fighting for a roster spot, and potentially earning it. Through two games, he has faced 36 shots, turning aside 33 of them. Even though using two games is a bit unfair, I think that he earned the honor of being the first star.

What do you think of Lieuwen’s play in the time he’s had in between the pipes? Do you think this puts more emphasis on Buffalo using his value to their benefit, whether it’s moving him or someone else in the offseason? What are your thought’s on Buffalo’s flame-out after their strong return from the Olympics? Comment, tweet or email us at [email protected]!

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