Buffalo Sabres Three Stars vs. New Jersey Devils


Despite tying the game early in the third period, the Buffalo Sabres fell to the New Jersey Devils tonight by an ultimate score of 2-1. The Sabres were unable to score in the shootout, while the Devils scored twice, and Buffalo walked away from the Prudential Center with a point.

All in all, tonight’s game had its positives for the Buffalo Sabres. The team was outshot 35-25 but managed to keep it a one-goal game and tie it up early in the third period, giving themselves plenty of time to get another goal and go ahead.

Though ultimately they lost, there were a few players on the Buffalo Sabres who deserve some credit for playing fairly well in tonight’s game.

1. Zach Bogosian

Zach Bogosian played just his second game with the Buffalo Sabres tonight, but once again, he made a noticeable effort.

Bogosian played an astounding 29:14 ice time, with a team-high 36 shifts.

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He had two shots, two attempts blocked and four hits, plus one blocked shot, and continued to make an impact in the lineup.

2. Michal Neuvirth

Michal Neuvirth had 34 saves in regulation, allowing just one goal. He was named third star of the game by the in-arena folks and deservedly so.

Neuvirth came up with some big saves, including a couple with just seconds left in overtime. Though he couldn’t save the Buffalo Sabres in the shootout, he sure did all he could during the first 60 minutes to keep the team in it.

3. Mike Weber

Mike Weber, who played a big game tonight and blocked a shot OFF HIS HEAD. Any time a player does that, you’ve got to give them some credit, so here it is. Also astounding is the fact that Weber returned to the game a short time later.

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Like him or not, you have to admit he’s a tough player, always willing to sacrifice himself and always working hard to get back in the game.

Weber also played 24:19 tonight, second highest ice time of any player on the team. He had one shot, two hits and four blocked shots total.


I’m going to go ahead and throw an honorable mention to Brian Flynn, who made arguably the “save of the game” with less than 15 seconds remaining in overtime. Chaos in front of the net meant basically the entire Buffalo Sabres line was playing goalie, and Flynn stepped in with a big block to keep the Sabres in it.

Also going to throw an honorable mention to forward Tyler Ennis, who had the lone goal for the Buffalo Sabres this evening.

Next up for the Buffalo Sabres: a visit to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday evening.

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