Overreactions, 15th Edition: Enroth sensational in Sabres win

Jhonas Enroth started in goal for the Buffalo Sabres Friday night.

As has been the case all season, the same result followed: they won.

With the rookie netminder making 36 saves and with the offense giving him plenty of cushion, Buffalo defeated Ottawa 5-1 to extend their winning streak to four games.

The Sabres jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Derek Roy and Matt Ellis, and that was enough for Enroth, who stopped all 25 shots he faced in the second and third periods to move to 5-0-0 on the season.

“He’s done a good job coming in,” said Roy, who has four goals and eight points during the winning streak. “He’s stepped up in the games, made big saves for us, and has gotten some big wins for us.”

Enroth is now 12-0-1 in his last 13 decisions, and hasn’t lost a game since November 24, 2010 in Pittsburgh, a 1-0 loss.

Buffalo also got goals from Jordan Leopold, Luke Adam and Ville Leino. Drew Stafford had three assists.

  • It may have been the best game the defense has played as a whole in a while, but Tyler Myers still had moments where you wonder what the hell is wrong with him. There was a play in the second period, where with Derek Roy about to take the faceoff, the Ottawa player was tossed from the circle. Roy, knowing that this would need adjustments, turned around, pointed and told Myers to move to his left, as that is where he was going to win the draw to. Myers instead moved to his right, closer to the boards. Roy won the draw exactly where he planned to while Myers was 15 feet away, and the puck went right out of the zone.
  • The Sabres did an extended pregame tribute to veterans, making a big production of the national anthems and also “God Bless America” in salute of Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day, or whatever Canadian holiday it is. In concept it was very nice, but I’m gonna go ahead and ask that they never give the crowd an American flag to pass around like it’s a beach ball again.
  • Getting Ryan Miller on track is very important. To do that he’s going to need games. Unfortunately for that, I’m not sure how you find enough ways to work in Enroth consistently while playing Miller through his floundering of late. The guy keeps winning, and points are as big now as they are in March. Sabres have nine games left this month. Pretty sure there’s gotta be some way to get Jhonas in for at least four of those. Strong play has to be rewarded.
  • Corey Tropp got reassigned to Rochester after the game, after collecting a goal and an assist in four games. I was thoroughly impressed with his play in his time here. He’ll be back soon enough.
  • Derek Roy is getting hot, and that line has been very good over the last few games. When the top line keeps producing, and the second line is chipping in goals, the wins are going to come. It’s no mistake they’ve won four in a row. Goals lead to wins.
  • For being a decisive victory, the crowd was dead throughout the night. Game presentation continues to be a failure in regards to engaging the crowd continuously. As bad as that is, there’s little fight from the fans left. Speaking as a fan and season ticket holder, I’m about done with having people refer to Buffalo as “the best fans in hockey” or anything close. As my colleague Chris Ostrander (@2ITB_Buffalo) so succinctly put it “piling on their superstar, never cheering and leaving early points to the contrary.”
  • Jordan Leopold is quietly up to three goals through fifteen games, on pace for 16 on the season. The defense as a whole hasn’t been scoring consistently, but it’s good that Leo is doing his part. It was a nice play by him to sneak in with the play behind the net and find a seam into the slot.
  • Thomas Vanek has been outstanding. I feel like it hasn’t been said enough. Clearly the Sabres’ MVP to this point.
  • Ville Leino got rewarded with a goal for having a game where he wasn’t a complete waste. He’s been better since he was put with Roy and Stafford. That’s good.
  • Marc-Andre Gragnani needs to start shooting the puck more on the powerplay, even if they’re shots that the goalie will gobble up and stop play. When he’s on the point with the puck, the defense is cheating towards Ehrhoff and not closing Gragnani’s shooting lane. With Grags continually making the pass, they don’t respect him with the puck and it’s hurting Ehrhoff’s ability to get shots through. Kind of like that football analogy, you need to run to set up the passing game? Grags has to shoot to set up his passing game. Otherwise, he’s useless on the powerplay unit.

Posted on November 12, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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