NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo
(Wednesday, March 30th)
Final Score: Buffalo 1, NY Rangers 0
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - No Ryan Miller, no problem.
Jhonas Enroth made 23 saves to record his first career shutout, as the rookie Swede backstopped the Buffalo Sabres to a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at HSBC Arena.
Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier announced before Wednesday's game that Miller was scratched with an upper-body injury. The veteran goalie was shaken up in the third period of a 4-3 loss at Toronto on Tuesday, when he absorbed a hard shot from Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
"I was confident that we would play well in front of (Enroth). I was confident that he would play well," said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff.
With the win, the Sabres moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Rangers dropped to eighth.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for New York, which had gone 6-0-1 in its previous seven games.
The lone goal of the game was scored by Tim Connolly on a power play. Moments after New York came up empty on an odd-man rush, Connolly skated down the left wing and roofed a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle at the 5:28 mark of the second period.
New York appeared to score late in the first period, but Artem Anisimov's goal was waved off because of incidental contact with the goalie. New York forward Ryan Callahan had gotten tied up with Enroth, who was unable to make a play on the puck.
"I was surprised...don't know why (the) referee made that call, but it was still 0-0 and we had our chances," Anisimov said.
Buffalo defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani recorded his first NHL point with an assist...Three of New York's last four games have ended 1-0...Tuesday's loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Sabres. Buffalo hasn't lost consecutive games since February 18-20...Lundqvist made his 21st straight start.
03/30 23:32:16 ET