The fat lady has just about begun to sing. With only two games left, the Buffalo Sabres found themselves singing the same tune, with injuries forcing their hand in a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, who were one win away from winning the Presidents Trophy. With the loss, Boston did just that.
Chris Stewart played in his fifth game for Buffalo today, and his third since returning from a lower-body injury, however, we would see him leave again due to injury in the second period.
Third Star: Marcus Foligno- Foligno was physical, aware and just working hard all around, which led to his pick of the puck deep behind Boston’s net, allowing him to send it up front to Hodgson for the assist on the lone goal.
Second Star: Matt Hackett- Prior to leaving with a scary injury after a collision with Torey Krug, Hackett was playing great, despite letting in three goals. Up until he left, Hackett was boasting a pretty decent 20-23 in saves and shots against. The latest update on Hackett shows that he did not break his leg, which is good news compared to what it could have been. Hackett did not get transported to the hospital and will return to Buffalo with the team.
First Star: Cody Hodgson- Scoring the only goal of the night, Hodgson seemed to be around the whole ice tonight, playing both defensively and offensively. Hodgson’s backhander was the 20th of the season for him, his first of his four-year career. This goal would also be his eighth point in eight games, extending his streak. It’s not surprising that among the Sabres, Hodgson would be one of the few that has been strong as of late.
Tomorrow, Buffalo plays their last game of the season against the New York Islanders, ending what can be considered a season to forget. But at least we have playoff hockey around the corner and the first draft and offseason with Tim Murray to look forward to!