JHONAS ENROTH.

16 Feb

That’s the name of my new favorite Swede. I’ve wanted him up here since his last stint in November, and this is why. He was stellar tonight in goal for the Sabres. There’s no way we win that game with Lalime in net. And you know it.  He has a little knack for the shootout too. The first two goals scored on him were lucky little tricklers that somehow just found their way in. But he was great for the rest, making the HUGE saves when he needed to. I’m praying that Lalime gets sent to Portland and Enroth backs up Miller. The team seems to trust Enroth more, and it shows the way they play in front of him.  Since the schedule gets a little ridiculous from now until the end, play him once every three games. That way everyone stays fresh and we don’t need to worry about fatigue setting in.

Enroth singlehandedly saved the game from being a blow out in the first period. He was peppered with 17 shots, and only one went in (on the PP). The team started off looking as disinterested  as I’ve seen them and it was torture to watch. On the 2nd Habs goal Desharnais blew by Sekera and sent off a pass to Pouliot that Myers couldn’t stop. Enroth had no chance on it. Buffalo cut the lead to one with who other than Drew Stafford after Vanek gave him a nifty pass between the legs. Pominville jammed home the tying goal in the 3rd. Now I’m not one to address the reffing a lot, but good god was it atrocious tonight. The last weak call on Weber with time dwindling in the 3rd sent me into a blackout rage. Luckily, the Sabres killed it off, and the game went into OT. Both goalies were great in the OT period, with Price making a GREAT save near the end.

Then came the shootout.  With Stafford missing the first attempt, Vanek and Ennis had to score to keep it going. And they delivered. Gerbe was the next Sabres to score, Habs did the same, and we had to wait until the nail-biting 10th round to see Jochen Hecht score the game winner.

After my heart stopped beating out of my chest I finally breathed for the first time in about 20 minutes.  Great game Sabres, way to not give up like you have in the past.

On to the Leafs tomorrow night, with Miller back in goal most likely.

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