This version of Tyler Myers was a much closer facsimile to the guy who won the Calder Trophy three years ago. To the guy the Buffalo Sabres gave a $38.5 million contract to prior to last season. To the guy the Sabres hope someday could be in Norris Trophy talk as the NHL’s best defenseman.
Physical in his own end and free-wheeling in the offensive zone, Myers had his best all-around game of a rugged season in Friday’s 4-2 bounceback against the Boston Bruins.
Myers scored the tying goal at 2:03 of the third period, backhanding home a Jochen Hecht rebound, and made a great play down low to set up Cody Hodgson for a tap-in at 11:45 that gave the Sabres their two-goal cushion.
Myers entered the game with just one point, a goal in the opener Jan. 20 against Philadelphia. He also had an ugly minus-9 rating, one off the worst in the NHL. So a two-point, plus-2 night was a huge boost for him in his second outing after a two-game benching.
“There’s a lot of good things to take from it,” Myers said. “I think the most important thing is I continue, not let this be a one-game thing. A lot of it is confidence. It’s coming back.”
Myers returns to good form
Buffalo News | Feb 16