Tonawanda News


March 8, 2013

Sabres blow 3rd period lead


Tonawanda News — Enroth lay prone on the ice after the play and had to be helped to the bench, dragging his right leg. Ryan Miller, who was getting his first night off after 14 straight starts, replaced him.

Sabres coach Ron Rolston disclosed after the game that Enroth was cramping the entire third period.

“I like what he did,” Rolston said. “He made some huge saves for us. I know he’s disappointed he couldn’t finish. He’ll be back.

“We’re disappointed we couldn’t get the win for him. The guys were working. There was a lot of sacrifice out there. I like the way our team is competing right now.”

The overtime was exciting, with Miller stopping Devils defenseman Andy Greene in close with about a minute to go in the five-minute session and Pominville blasting a shot off the right post seconds later.

After Ilya Kovalchuk and Thomas Vanek missed on the first two shootout attempts, Clarkson made a nifty move to beat Miller with a backhander.

Pominville seemed to miss the net on the Sabres’ second try and Elias deked Miller out of position for a tap-in game winner.

“Tonight I got some breaks,” said Hedberg, who lost a shootout to the Sabres less than a week ago. “They hit some posts and sometimes that’s the difference. We deserved to win. We played as hard as we can the last couple of games. We just didn’t get the goal we needed. Tonight we did.”

The Devils’ winless streak has coincided with Martin Brodeur being sidelined with a sore back. Hedberg had 23 saves in ending the slide.

“I think it was a perfect storm,’ DeBoer said. “We went through a week or 10 days where we didn’t get rewarded for some of our work. We didn’t get some bounces or help ourselves and it snowballed on us. Hopefully, that’s the end of it and we can move this in a positive direction.”

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