There were a few Sabres players who stood out in tonight’s 2-1 loss to the NY Rangers. Although in the end, the Sabres left MSG without a point and just two games left on the season, there were a few players that made an impact on the scoresheet and on the ice.
Here’s my three stars of the Sabres vs. Rangers game:
3. Cody Hodgson – Although Hodgson didn’t make his mark on the scoresheet, I’m still giving him third star honors tonight. Hodgson had a team-high five shots on the night. He also had an additional two missed shots and added two hits and one takeaway. Hodgson also finished the night at 60 percent in the faceoff circle. I’ll give an honorable mention here to Tyler Ennis, who had a secondary assist on the lone goal of the night and also had one shot and two hits.
2. Drew Stafford – Stafford scored the lone goal for the Sabres tonight. His goal at the 9:06 mark of the second period was his 16th of the season. It’s always nice to see a guy come back from injury and immediately make an impact on the ice. He was a minus-1 overall on the night, since he was on the ice for both of the Rangers goals, but still. Stafford had three shots and one hit tonight. He also suffered an injury in the third period, but should be okay going into the last two games of the season. Tyler Ennis shot the puck around the back of the net; it hit Stafford – who had fallen onto the ice – right in the face. He was visibly in pain but seemed to be okay and did return to the action shortly after.
1. Mike Weber – Maybe I’m a little biased, but Mike Weber had a decent night for the Sabres. He assisted on the lone Buffalo goal of the night. He also had five hits and six blocked shots and finished the game with an even plus-minus. Weber is now on a three-game point streak, matching the longest point streak of his career. The last time he had points in three consecutive games was from December 27, 2010 – January 1, 2011. He had two goals and three assists. Let’s see if he can extend it to four games when the Sabres visit the Bruins on Saturday.
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