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Enroth shuts out Rangers 1-0, Sabres move into 7th place on tiebreaker, stay 3 points ahead of 'Canes

With franchise goalie Ryan Miller sidelined with an upper body injury, Jhonas Enroth was inserted into the lineup and came through in a big way with 23 saves for his first NHL shutout against the NHL's hottest team, the New York Rangers (8-1-1 in their last 10 games).
The game had a tense playoff like atmosphere and the Sabres dominated early with a 12-2 shots advantage past the midpoint of the first period. Then  the Rangers forecheck took over pinning Buffalo in it's own end for extended periods.
The second period swung back to the Sabres favor and Tim Connolly scored the games only goal when he broke in on his off wing and blasted a sizzling slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle into the top corner, rattling the water botlles on top of the net. "I've always told him that he has a great shot and that he should shoot more often" coach Lindy Ruff said after the game.
Enroth, from Sweden, defeated his more celebrated countryman Henrik Lundqvist. "When I was growing up, he was my idol", Enroth said about the Rangers goaltender. The Sabres supported Enroth very well and dominated the Rangers by keeping the play primarily to the outside, blocking numerous scoring opportunities and keeping the heat on Lundqvist peppering him with 26 shots over the first two periods.
The Sabres now are tied with the Rangers with 87 points and take over 7th place in the east with 34 non-shootout wins to 33 for the Rangers, and remain three points ahead of Carolina (84 points) in 9th place who beat Montreal 4-1 to keep pace with the Sabres. Buffalo plays Carolina on Sunday April 3rd in a  game that may seal the playoff fates of both teams.


All the speculation I've seen recently has been over whether the Sabres would take the eighth seed (probably) move up to seventh (maybe) or miss the playoffs entirely (let's not jinx by discussing), but I want to know, why is no one talking about the Habs falling down to seventh, eighth or our altogether? They haven't been playing well and with the Rangers, Sabres and 'Canes all rearing to go, Montreal hasn't shown much of a sense of urgency.

At this point, I think the only thing working in the Canadiens favor (or is that favour) is a fairly easy end of schedule. I'm calling it here that the game against the Blackhawks will dictate the fortunes of their post season.

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