The Buffalo Sabres have given a sigh of relief, albeit a small one.
The Sabres snapped their second four game losing streak of the season, downing the New York Rangers 3-1 Tuesday night.
Tuesday had a few long overdue moments: A Marcus Foligno goal (he scored two) and a Jhonas Enroth win. Foligno’s goals were his first since January 27, and Enroth’s win was his first since last November.
With Ryan Miller out due to a sinus infection, Enroth played a strong game, stopping 32 shots. He was helped by a tighter defensive zone and an improved offensive attack, with Foligno’s forechecking abilities being put on full display.
Foligno has been hounded a lot this year for not scoring, but his worth is not limited to the 20 or so goals he can contribute in a (full) season. His ability to throw around his body and his excellent puck control skills will make him a force in an offensive cycle for years to come, and he won’t get credit on the score sheet for many goals that he creates during the course of his career.
Enroth’s win can also give coach Ron Rolston a bit more confidence in his backup netminder, who has only played in five of the Sabres’ 27 games thus far. A lot of Enroth’s in-game troubles may be attributed to lack of playing time, but his bad performances had left both Lindy Ruff and Rolston with little choice but to ride Miller. An increase in playing time may also increase Enroth’s play.
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