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Rangers vs. Sabres: Jhonas Enroth Steps Up Big Against New York

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30:  Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a glove save against the New York Rangers at HSBC Arena on March 30, 2011 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30: Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a glove save against the New York Rangers at HSBC Arena on March 30, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Jhonas Enroth wasn't expected to play against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, but as the Ryan Miller injury was announced before the game, Enroth was thrust into the starting role in one of the biggest games of the season. Boy, did he handle the pressure too. 

Enroth made 23 saves in his first career shutout as the Sabres defeated the Rangers 1-0 on Wednesday night. The win puts them in a 7th place tie with the New York Rangers and two points behind the 6th place Montreal Canadiens as they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2. Tim Connolly scored the lone goal for the Sabres on a fantastic slapshot from the left faceoff dot on the powerplay in the second period. 

Jhonas Enroth now has a four game winning streak in his career, this after losing three of his first five games this season. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist played well as well, making 34 saves in the losing effort. The Sabres outshot the Rangers 35-23 in the game and kept the Rangers to only a handful of quality shots. 

The Sabres will now have the next few days off to rest up before they make a quick Southeast road trip with two games against the Capitals and Hurricanes on Saturday and Sunday.