Buffalo Sabres rookie shuts out New York Rangers

‘Enroth was incredibly calm and played with great poise. His toughest saves turned out to be easy because he found pucks through traffic, or snatched them away from Rangers’ forwards before a play could develop. “He’s a cool customer,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “He doesn’t get rattled. He doesn’t get too excited.”‘

Sabres’ Enroth thwarts Rangers

‘"I couldn’t ask for better timing," said the Swedish netminder. "My parents [Erik and Eva] are actually here watching their first game over here, so it was a lot of fun and a very special night for me."’

Roy back on skates, is encouraged

‘"It’s been nice to get on the ice," Roy said. "Today it felt a lot better than the first few days where you just move around and see how it feels. Today I took a big step, started skating hard and got my heart rate up. The knee felt pretty good, not good in tight turns and starts and stops or anything. I haven’t tried that yet."’

Sabres’ win a milestone for Enroth

‘"I’ve been waiting for this game for 2 1/2 weeks," Enroth said. "I just want to go out there and have fun, go out there and play my game."’

Gragnani’s defense leads to winning goal

‘"A good feeling for sure," Gragnani said. "I don’t think I realized right away I got an assist on the goal because I didn’t pass it. It went off me. Obviously it felt good and gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the game."’

Enroth shines with parents looking on

‘General manager Darcy Regier addressed the media prior to the 7 p.m. faceoff and said Miller is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. Regier would not comment on whether or not the injury was a concussion, but said the shot he took to the chin area Tuesday night from Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf “did play a role.”’

Thursday’s New York Coverage

Rookie Goalie Foils Rangers, and Race Tightens (New York Times)

New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist lose ground in playoff hunt with 1-0 loss to Buffalo Sabres (New York Daily News)

Rangers blanked in battle for 7th place (New York Post)

Rangers await Da Costa’s decision (New York Post)

Rangers shut out by Sabres, fall to 8th (New York Newsday)

Stepan’s come long way from hat trick (New York Newsday)

Rangers slip into eighth place after 1-0 loss to Sabres (Bergen Record)

Henrik Lundqvist’s silence is golden (Bergen Record)

Goaltending duel goes Buffalo’s way (NewYorkRangers.com)

Photo gallery (NewYorkRangers.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Enroth stops 23 shots, Sabres beat Rangers 1-0

‘“When preparation and opportunity meet, he did a heck of a job for us tonight,” Ruff said. “He’s a cool customer.”’

Sabres G Miller out with upper-body injury

‘Without discussing the severity of the injury, general manager Darcy Regier provided the update shortly before the start of the game. Regier said there’s a possibility Miller could be back by the weekend, when the Sabres play at Washington on Saturday and Carolina on Sunday.’

Buffalo 1, NY Rangers 0

‘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.’

Sabres Shut Out Rangers 1-0

‘You can also give the team’s defense credit for keeping the shot lanes open for Enroth to see everything tonight. As Brian just said on the postgame show, the biggest story of the day was the upper body injury to Ryan Miller, but Enroth can ease some of that tension with his performance tonight.’

The aftermath: Sabres 1, Rangers 0

‘Jhonas Enroth found out in the morning that he would be starting in goal against the Rangers on Wednesday, and it turned out to be a night he’ll likely never forget.’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates’ swoon continues as the playoffs approach (PortlandPirates.com)

Fatigue leads to a sloppy result for the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

Day getting hang of pro game, helps Sound Tigers to victory (Connecticut Post)

Sound Tigers Top Pirates (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Sign Scrymgeour (PortlandPirates.com)

Quick goals put Sound Tigers past Pirates 2-1 (SoundTigers.com)

The aftermath: Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3

‘Forward Jochen Hecht was absent from the Sabres’ bench for the second and third periods. Hecht left the game with an upper body injury. Hecht played 5:48 in the first period and registered his 17th assist of the year, which came with only 12 seconds remaining in the first period. He finished the period but did not return.’

Wednesday’s New York Coverage

The Rangers See Room to Move Up (New York Times)

Rangers are seeking higher playoff position (New York Post)

Rangers face Sabres in playoff run (New York Newsday)

Rangers keeping their cool (Bergen Record)

NY Rangers (41-30-5) at Buffalo (38-29-9) (AP)

New York Rangers (41-30-5) at Buffalo Sabres (38-29-9) (The Sports Network)

Rangers try to stay hot vs. Sabres (NHL.com)

Rangers go after another memorable night at Buffalo (NewYorkRangers.com)

Pregame Notes: Rangers at Buffalo (NewYorkRangers.com)