Jhonas Enroth Video: Watch Sabres Goalie Make Old-School Save Without Mask

Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2011

There's a Jhonas Enroth video sweeping across the sports world today, just hours after the Sabres backup goalie made what could might be the save of the year in Sunday's clash with the Carolina Hurricanes. 

With a 1-0 lead early in the second period, the Sabres were playing in the defensive zone. Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen launched a howitzer of a shot that zipped off Enroth's helmet.

The force of the hit caused Enroth's helmet to jar loose from his face, and he signalled to the ref to stop play (when a goalkeeper has a helmet issue, the referee can stop play so he can fix it). 

However, the ref missed the signal, allowing play to continue while the Sabres keeper fiddled with his mask. Finally, in desperation, Enroth pulled it from his face, lunging right in time to make the save. 

Enroth's save might be the first maskless stop made by a goalkeeper since 1974, when Andy Brown retired from the league as the last helmetless goalie. 

It was an impressive stop, even with a helmet on, but the fact that less than a second before making the toe save, Enroth was still fiddling with his mask just adds to the feat. 

Buffalo has been playing without superstar goalie Ryan Miller for their last three games, but the 22-year-old Enroth has filled in incredibly well.

The Sabres are in the midst of a fight for their playoff lives, and a loss on Sunday would have been devastating to their hopes of sneaking in as the Eastern Conference's seventh seed. 

As it turned out, his save proved to be the difference in the game, as the Sabres went on to win 2-1 in overtime, giving them a massive boost in their playoff push.