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Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Jhonas Enroth Makes 34 Saves in Shutout

Sean Fraser@@seanfraser11Contributor INovember 19, 2011

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 11:  Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center on November 11, 2011 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Jhonas Enroth is probably a name no one in Buffalo has heard before, much less the rest of the NHL. His official page on the Sabres website doesn't even have a bio for the 2006 second-round pick. However, in the absence of superstar goalie Ryan Miller, Enroth has stepped up and kept the Sabres ranked in the top five in their conference.

Enroth gave up five goals in the past two games subbing for Miller, but he came back strong Friday night, stopping 34 shots in a 1-0 win over the struggling Carolina Hurricanes. "After a game when you play like that, you just want to get out there again. I'm happy I got the start right after that game," said Enroth, who has a 1.95 GAA in the 10 games he's played in this season.

Jason Pominville was the only Sabre to get one of the team's 19 shots past Hurricane goalie Brian Boucher, who was playing for an injured Cam Ward. Pominville extended his six-game points streak with the goal, and Buffalo has won seven straight road games.

They currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points, behind Philadelphia by one point. Carolina is scraping the bottom of the Southeast division, having lost seven of its last eight games.

The Sabres have a two-game home stand next, hosting Phoenix on Saturday night, followed by the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

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