So I was reading the preview on Sabres.com for tonights game, looking for information to put into my post, and this is what I find when I read about our goaltending situation:
After 31 consecutive starts, Ryan Miller got the night off on Tuesday — and saw rookie Jhonas Enstrom put on a show. Enstrom stopped 32 shots in regulation and seven more in the shootout as the Sabres scored twice to force overtime, then rallied from 2-0 down to win the shootout in 10 rounds on a goal by Jochen Hecht.
Enstrom was recalled from AHL Portland after Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Islanders and got the start over backup Patrick Lalime. He has three NHL victories — all via shootout.
“I thought he did a great job,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “That’s the reason that he’s been down there trying to develop and playing games, and the reason he’s here is because of how hard he worked in Portland. We knew that it was going to get to a point where he was going to get an opportunity to play and he came up and proved that he can be a capable NHL goaltender.”
Correct me if I am wrong but our goaltender last night was Jhonas Enroth? Despite the name change, Enroth did play well, and did not wilt under the pressure of being down two goals to none to the Montreal Canadiens. And despite Lindy Ruff saying more nice things about him in one post game game than he has said about Patrick Lalime in all the time he has spent here, yet he is on his way back to Portland.
The Sabres can move into the playoffs tonight, but they need a little help. The Maple Leafs need to lose at the hand of the Sabres and the Hurricanes must lose in regulation. It shouldn’t be a hard task for the Sabres to beat the Leafs, they have won their last three games this season against the Leafs, and are 7-0 against the Leafs in the last seven visits to HSBC Arena.