Jhonas Enroth's first career NHL start wasn't a bad one on any level. While he did get beaten four times, the Swede faced 37 shots and made a string of key saves to give his team a chance after falling behind early.
Buffalo was taking part in the second of back-to-back contests but appeared just as unenergetic and flat as the previous night hosting Philadelphia. You can't fault Enroth for any of the pucks that went past him; two came on the powerplay with the goaltender screened and a sloppy give-away combined with lazy back-checking provided numbers three and four.
Meanwhile, the Sabres man-advantage was ineffective as the greatest opportunity came for the Bruins when Daniel Paille found himself on a shorthanded break-away in the first period that Enroth stopped impressively.
Derek Roy's goal in the second period was the only glimmer of hope that a comeback would ensue cutting the deficit to 3-1 and Jason Pominville scored a late marker which only served as consolation. For a Boston squad that had just one goal in the last three matches combined, Buffalo was the perfect prey and the Bruins were the better of the two sides winning 4-2.
Whether it be Ryan Miller backstopping them or the rookie, the Sabres can ill-afford to approach games with such a laid-back attitude. Were it not for Miller's constant heroics this year already, the number in the loss column would certainly be above four.
Next, the Edmonton Oilers visit HSBC Arena on Wednesday and the club has a few days off to look at the multiple errors that were made over the weekend.
As for Enroth, he needs to hold his head high because his work kept things respectable last night and gave Buffalo a possibility to win. The first one is always the hardest.