Final Score: 4-0 Sabres
- Victor “Powerplay” Goalofsson – After a poor showing on their first attempt, The Sabres’ top power-play unit took the ice after a dominating offensive zone possession. The dog-tired Stars were forced into a Delay of Game penalty, which allowed Victor “Goalofsson” to bury his NHL record breaking Power Play goal. In the past, the Stars would have been able to use their timeout to avoid leaving a tired unit on the ice, but the NHL has since changed the rule. It was his 5th PPG goal this season and his 7th in his career without a single goal coming while at 5v5. The trio of Dahlin-Eichel-Olofsson toyed with the Stars PK unit before Olofsson roofed home the eventual game winning goal. He additionally had an assist on Reinhart’s goal, doubling their lead on the Stars to 2-0
- Third Period Effort – After two straight games where the Sabres blew two goal third period leads the Sabres took to the ice up 2-0 to begin the third. In both cases the Sabres promoted the better defensive option in Vesey to the top line and kept Olofsson on the bench. This game there seemed to be a “foot on the neck” mentality as the team quickly put home two goals both from the Sobotka-MoJo-Skinner line. The first goal featured assists from Jokiharju and Sobotka which were their first points of the season. The forth tally came on a laser from MoJo assisted by McCabe and Risto who silently had a fantastic night playing around 22-23 minutes as a tandem.
- Carter Hutton/Sabres Defense – I’m not sure if there was any specific “Toyota Big Save” of the Game for Hutton who posted a 25 save shutout but he absolutely stood his ground on goal. The Sabres defense held the Stars to the outside all game and helped to get Hutton his first shutout of the season. The Sabres defense also had a fantastic game moving the puck up night including a pass that won’t find its’ way on the scoresheet from Marco Scandella up ice that led to the Reinhart goal.
Jimmy Vesey – The only player who has yet to produce a point for the Buffalo Sabres who also has played in all six to begin the season. I wouldn’t say he had a visually bad game as much as he simply does not produce anything offensively that jumps off the page. The entire line of ERod-Mittelstadt-Vesey has left much to be desired with the unit seeing less than 10 minutes of run while at 5v5. I won’t harp on the negatives after a 4-0 win, but this line needs to contribute more as we won’t be able to rely on a shutout every night.
- The first ever regulation win for the Buffalo Sabres against Ben Bishop who only posted 1 save in the 3rd period (on 3 SOG)
- Henri Jokiharju gets his first point as a Buffalo Sabre on Jeff Skinner’s goal
- Vlad Sobokta had his first point of the season as well on Skinner’s goal and it was a great pass from a guy who really deserves some positive press
- This tweet below does a great job showing some of the basic analytics from the game in a fun way! Great work from Chad
At the time of posting this article the Buffalo Sabres are in first place in the NHL. Edmonton plays tonight in Chicago and can regain the NHL point lead, but nonetheless we should be enjoying this! If you haven’t yet, go get some tickets for the final two home games in October and lets sellout the Key Bank Center! This team is incredibly fun to watch and it’s time we rekindle that feeling we had last season and stop bracing for a fall. This was a great effort from the entire Sabres team, coaching staff, and Equipment manager who took a puck to the dome and stayed on the bench with blood dripping from his forehead.
Next Game: Wednesday Night 10:00pm EST @ Anaheim #SabresAfterDark