There was only one word to say after Friday night’s contest between the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks — wow. This for a number of different reasons, but mostly because the Sabres shipped goalie Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues. It was a goalie for goalie exchange as the Blues sent Jaroslav Halak to Buffalo in return. It was a move not too many people saw coming and as a result of that trade, not too many people saw the game that Jhonas Enroth had coming either.
Enroth, who was expected to enter Friday night’s game as the backup to Miller, ended up starting the game and ultimately stealing the show. Despite it not really mattering much for the Sabres considering they are virtually out of a playoff shot, it was a game that was important for the Sharks, a team trying to clinch the best playoff spot it possibly can.
Enroth, who is now 3-12-5 on the year, was able to make 36 saves on 38 shots from start to finish. It’s the second-straight game he’s defeated a top-seeded team. He was able to quiet the Boston Bruins Wednesday night. His save percentage (.906) and goals against average (2.90) are way below average, but he was able to knock off another titanic team tonight in the Sharks.
It wasn’t a complete surprise to see Miller moved. This was Enroth’s second-straight game, which is something we don’t see too often in terms of when Miller plays. Don’t expect to see Enroth in net much longer, though. Halak will now be taking over Miller’s role as the lead guy in Buffalo.