Despite a slow start, the Buffalo Sabres almost pulled off a road win against the Detroit Red Wings, losing 3-2. An impressive accomplishment for sure given the Buffalo Sabres could have easily turtled and let Detroit run away with this game, given the 3-0 score at the end of one period of play.
Here are your Three stars for the Sabres…
Buffalo Sabres Third Star Jake McCabe
McCabe held his own against another playoff team for the 2nd straight night. He was nearly invisible through almost 20 minutes of play – which means he did his job. Adding a goal to the equation was a nice bonus. The goal was very similar to the Cody Hodgson goal from the other night against St. Louis.
Buffalo Sabres Second Star Cory Conacher
Conacher was a spark plug all game. He was tenacious, and played beyond his size. With no Cody McCormick or Patrick Kaleta on the ice to provide energy for this team, and with John Scott whistled for looking at players given his reputation, the play of Conacher is a welcome addition to this team. While the team can’t always convert on them, Conacher’s legs are always moving creating chance after chance for this team on some nights.
Buffalo Sabres First Star Brian Flynn
Flynn gave it his all during the entire game. He was hitting and creating chances, and quietly turned in a solid performance. One of the few Sabres who is acting like he actually wants to be on the roster next season. For effort alone – he gets the first star.
Ville Leino gets an assist in his fourth straight game. Now if he could only start putting the puck in the net, as he still sits at zero on the season. Why kill the streak now though.
Luke Adam was put in a tough spot because of the injury to Marcus Foligno. In a spot where he could actually help the Rochester Americans, he was called up to languish away with the big club. Good thing for Adam, this wasn’t his first call up, and he desperately wants to be in Buffalo full time. I think he was a proven commodity for the Buffalo Sabres tonight.
And how about Nicolas Deslauriers getting his first NHL goal tonight, shortly after becoming a new father. Congrats to him on both accomplishments.