Lesson #1: WHAT is Going On In Net?

If you’re a Sabres fan, you were probably jumping for JOY after the Hurricanes game on Sunday.  That was good, good stuff.  But Sabres fans were also likely feeling VERY confused.  Why does Miller look so… different?  When did Ryan Miller get so short? And Swedish?  And non-cranky?  What’s going on?

I understand.  This is a really confusing situation.  But don’t worry, Sabres fan.  I’m here to help.  We’re going to figure this out.

Sabres fans, let me try to spell this out for you, in clear, easy to understand language.  What we have here is, not one, but TWO GOOD GOALIES.

Before you freak out, let me say that again.

Not only do we have the first good goalie (Crunchy), but we ALSO have a new good goalie (Enroth).  Do you get it? Here… let me try to say it another way.  You know how before, when Crunchy got hurt, Lindy would play Lalime and everything would be non-stop losing and terribleness?  It’s not like that anymore.  Now, Lindy can play Enroth. Unlike Lalime, Enroth is good at playing hockey.  Now do you understand?


That’s okay.  I’ve brought some helpful visual aids.


ALSO good

Handsome, but not good. Most importantly, not relevant to the conversation.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t understand at first.  Take your time.  This is a difficult concept to grasp.

The Sabres are in the middle of a super tight playoff race, and our starting goalie is injured in some mysterious upper-body-ish type way.  BUT (and here’s where it get’s tricky), all hope is not lost.  You see, Enroth, appears to be really, really good under pressure.  The Sabres are winning IN SPITE of Miller’s injury, because they have an additional good goalie.  Get it?

If you call yourself a Buffalo Sabres fan, and you’re not just a little bit in love with Jhonas Enroth, you need to go to the doctor to make sure that you actually have a heart and that you’re still capable of love.  Because Jhonas Enroth is the bees knees. Jhonas Enroth is a breath of fresh air, he’s the light of our lives, he’s little cutie pie.  Jhonas Enroth is adorable, and fancy, surprising, hilariously small, and (as far as I can tell) wonderful in EVERY way. Jhonas Enroth is all that and a delicious Swedish meatball.  He’s AWESOME, but he is a different person than Ryan Miller.

Jhonas Enroth is the effing BEST.  He’s the best….except for Ryan Miller.

1 good goalie + 1 good goalie = good times.  It’s science!

Tune in tomorrow for lesson #2: Who the Eff are These Guys?

We thought he sucked, but he doesn't.

He's tiny, but he's also good at hockey. Apparently.

NOT Max Afinogenov

This guy is a Sabre.

Not chopped liver

I have no idea who this is.


5 Responses to “Lesson #1: WHAT is Going On In Net?”

  1. 1 shawnharrington28 April 5, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Great post, way to have a take on our back-up Goalie stepping in and typical Buffalo fans instantly turn it into a Goaltender controversy.

    The video of Enroth’s no-mask save has gone viral, suddenly @Huffingtonpost has tweeted it? Any goalie from the 1950’s/60’s must have their stomach turning that a goalie with no mask for 1 play just got that much credit. Either way, amazing game and play by Enroth; I loved seeing on the replay McCormick taking out both Carolina players.

  2. 2 SueInVA April 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Three goalies at three different stages of their careers! It’s interesting. We are truly lucky hockey fans!

    All hot in their own special ways! :D

  3. 3 SueInVA April 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I just wanted to add that the “three goalies/three stages” thing would be a great article for TBN to write up.

  4. 4 Katebits April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thanks, Shawn! I agree, an underrated part of the helmetless-Enroth play was McCormick absolutely destroying those two Hurricanes. I love how in the aftermath of the save you see two Canes rolling around in the background in cartoonish disarray.

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