Overreactions, 19th Edition: Sabres are winners, Canes are losers

Coming off the worst performance of his career, Jhonas Enroth showed that he can recover from a weak effort. Recover, and then some.

Enroth registered his first shutout of the season and a first period powerplay goal by Jason Pominville was all the offense the Sabres needed in a 1-0 win over Carolina.

Enroth made 34 saves after allowing five goals on Wednesday night against New Jersey.

“After a game when you play like that, you just want to get out there again,” Enroth, said. “I’m happy I got the start right after that game.”

Carolina was able to throw 14 shots on Enroth in the third period, but the rookie was up to the challenge, moving to 6-1-0 on the season.

Pominville scored his seventh of the season on a feed from Thomas Vanek, as the pair remain in the top-5 in the NHL in points. The Sabres finished 1-for-2 on the powerplay.

With the win, Buffalo is just one point behind Philadelphia for first place in the Eastern Conference.

  • Big rivalry game in Carolina, huh? I could tell by all the empty seats. Some ‘Canes fans seem to claim that they avoid going to Sabres games because they don’t want to deal with the Sabres fans. Wimps. Considering they’re the ones who think it’s a rivalry, they don’t seem to care enough about it to actually show up.
  • Tyler Myers, in my opinion, had a better game in Carolina than he did Wednesday against New Jersey. He seemed much better in the defensive zone, and seemed a little smarter in deciding when to rush the puck, save for trying to carry the puck on a rush while the team was shorthanded, leading to an odd-man rush the other way. Still some issues, but he’s been better.
  • Overall, it was a good night for the defense. Sekera was sublime. Leopold continued his strong play and even Regehr looked good. Enroth stopping every shot helped too.
  • Obligatory “Pominville and Vanek on the scoresheet again” mention.
  • If Corey Tropp keeps playing like he has in just about every game he’s played in the NHL, I’d almost say I’d send Adam back to Rochester before I send Tropp. Adam’s game has fallen off, his production has fallen off, and Tropp is playing like the kind of player you want on your 3rd/4th line. Once Hecht and Ennis are back, if they ever are, both might need to go, so some decisions are coming.
  • Ville Leino is gonna start piling up points eventually, but I’m alright with him continually playing well but not scoring. The Leino-Boyes-Stafford line has generated enough pressure that it has been effective despite the lack of scoring.
  • There’s some buzz that ‘Canes coach Paul Maurice may get canned soon with the team looking unable to turn things around. I’m sure he could use a break, he looks so tired all the time.
  • The officials seemed to let a lot go, it was a brutal game to watch. Clutching and grabbing anywhere. It looked like Eric Staal was gonna have to pull a knife on somebody for the refs to make a call on him. A perk of being a star, I guess.
  • I would like to know why there were a bunch of people sitting behind the Hurricanes bench wearing Red Wings jerseys.

Posted on November 19, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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