Mar 20, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) controls the puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at Rexall Place. Buffalo Sabres won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Three Stars

The Buffalo Sabres fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 4-3 on Saturday. While the end result wasn’t ideal – though the Sabres did walk away with a point – there were still a few Sabres players who stood out in Saturday’s loss.

Here’s your three stars of the night:

3. Marcus Foligno – Although Foligno didn’t make a mark on the scoresheet, he did finish the night as a plus-1. In 17:38 of ice time, he managed three shots, one attempt blocked and a team-high four hits on the night. He also had one blocked shot.

2. Zemgus Girgensons – In his first game back from injury, Girgensons made his presence known. Like Foligno, he didn’t earn a point in the loss, but he was a plus-1. Girgensons had a team-high five shots on the night, accounting for almost 18 percent of the team’s total shots. He also had two missed shots, two hits, and one takeaway. Finally, he was 5-for-11 in the faceoff circle.

1. Cody Hodgson – I’m giving Cody Hodgson first star honors for the Sabres tonight. He had the team’s second goal, a tip-in assisted by Christian Ehrhoff in the first period. He was a plus-1 on the night in over 17 minutes played. In addition, he also had three shots on goal, one attempt blocked and one missed shot. Finally, Hodgson was 46% in the faceoff circle.

I’ll throw out an honorable mention to the following players: Rasmus Ristolainen, who notched his first NHL assist tonight and played over 24 minutes; Christian Ehrhoff, who had an assist, 3 shots and a team-high 26:06 ice time, and Cory Conacher, who had three shots and four hits. Of course, Conacher was also credited with the own-goal empty netter scored by Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.


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