The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/30/11 — Jhonas Enroth
Wednesday night turned out to be quite the interesting night for Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth. With his team in the midst of a tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference, all-star netminder Ryan Miller has been receiving most of the workload. However, Enroth was forced into action for last night’s game against the New York Rangers after Miller was scratched due to an upper-body injury. Coincidentally, the 22-year-old native of Sweden just so happened to fly his parents in to catch an NHL game. It would end up being the first NHL game that they would watch their son in and he would not disappoint.
Enroth put together the best performance of his young professional career, stopping all 23 shots he faced to record his first NHL shutout, as he out-dueled his childhood idol, Henrik Lundqvist en route to the 1-0 victory. With the Rangers pressing for an equalizer down the stretch, Enroth had plenty of work to do in order to preserve both the victory and the shutout, but he was up to the task.
With the win, the Sabres moved into a tie with the Rangers for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, and they were also able to remain three points clear of ninth-place Carolina. There is no telling how how many games Miller could miss due to his injury, but the Sabres now know that they can rely on their young backup after last night’s performance, as he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, March 30, 2011.