When Jhonas Enroth learned Ryan Miller had a sinus infection, he knew it was nothing to sneeze at. The Sabres’ backup goaltender was getting another chance at victory, and in a rarity it would come in Buffalo.
As he sat in his locker stall accepting congratulatory handshakes with a smile on his face, it was obvious Enroth was savoring the long-awaited moment.
Enroth made 32 saves, and Marcus Foligno scored twice Tuesday to propel the Sabres to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Enroth was 0-10-3 in his previous 16 appearances and hadn’t won since beating Washington on Nov. 26, 2011.
The skid is in the past, which is where Enroth had tried to keep it.
“I’ve been trying to look forward and live in the moment and don’t think about the past because you can’t do anything about that,” he said. “I’ve just been focused on next game and try to stay positive. It feels good right now to finally get that win.”
Enroth learned Tuesday morning that Miller wasn’t feeling well, which gave him an unexpected start just five days after a bitter no-decision in New Jersey. He left the 3-2 shootout loss with 1:06 to play after cramps locked up his right leg.
“The last couple games he’s played unreal for us,” captain Jason Pominville said. “He was obviously disappointed in New Jersey, but he bounced back, made some big saves, kept us in the game early. He’s not the typical butterfly goalie that you usually see, but he gets the job done. Hopefully, it’ll be good for his confidence to get a win and play two solid back-to-back outings.”
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