You think that Zack Kassian can get it up for the Buffalo Sabres? He had four assists tonight – a decent point count on any night, but even more impressive given that his team only scored four goals – and was in on all of them.
You think Cody Hodgson would want to prove something to the team that be basically demanded a trade out of? It took until the third period to even get a shot on goal. On a night playing a desperate hockey team, it was hard to pick three standout Buffalo Sabres. Outside of the first three and a half minutes, the Buffalo Sabres were out hit, out shot, out played, and out scored. Nathan Lieuwen didn’t stand a chance in front of his home crowd in British Columbia. Here are your three stars for the Buffalo Sabres from tonight’s game.
Buffalo Sabres Third Star – Drew Stafford
You know the game is bad when the third star leads the team in shots on goal with three. Unfortunately for Stafford he wasn’t able to find the back of the net despite his efforts. Despite having three shots, and no goals, he still managed to be a plus player with a +/- of 1.
Buffalo Sabres Second Star – Jaime McBain
McBain had a goal tonight, putting the Buffalo Sabres up 2-0 inside of four minutes. The defenseman that has been on the outs with fans – that likely will be one of the first ones shipped out throughout this rebuild – played a decent game tonight. Not a great game, but in a contest with four goals agianst, McBain was a plus one despite playing more minutes than anyone on the team. McBain also led the team with four blocked shots.
Buffalo Sabres First Star – Tyler Ennis
If Tyler Ennis is trying out for a spot on the future Buffalo Sabres or one of 29 other teams that might be interested in his services next season; he is doing a good job of it. He plays with the energy and the heart that this team needs desperately from every player every shift. Just over a minute into this game Ennis puts the Sabres on the board and scored on the only shot he took all game, same as Jamie McBain.