HOFF THE WALL: Sabres blank Flyers 1-0

Madison Brown  - Digital Media Intern | Sunday, 04.14.2013 / 10:27 AM

Buffalo 1 - Philadelphia 0
Saturday, April 13, 2013
First Niagara Center

With both teams struggling to stay in the playoff run, the Sabres and Flyers produced more penalty minutes than offensive chances in a slow but hostile afternoon game at First Niagara Center. But after two scoreless periods, Buffalo managed to get the only goal of the game and stay in front of Philadelphia in the conference with a 1-0 win, keeping the hopes of a postseason alive.

Christian Ehrhoff’s goal 17 seconds into the third period proved to be the game winner with helpers from Kevin Porter and Steve Ott. Ehrhoff’s shot from the point took a bounce off the boards from behind the net and squeezed in between Steve Mason’s pad and the post for the lone goal of the game. He leads all Sabres defensemen in goals (5), assists (13), points (18) and shots (94).

Jhonas Enroth got the start in net for the Sabres and made 29 saves to earn the shutout. With less than a minute to go in the game, Enroth made a sprawling save after a scramble in front of the net to preserve the win. It was Buffalo’s first shutout of the season and Enroth’s first since denying Carolina on Nov. 18, 2011.

The Sabres are now 17-19-6 and remain in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, four points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. With the win, they stay one spot ahead of the Flyers with a three-point gap.

The Sabres have one more game to finish out their three-game homestand. Tampa Bay will visit First Niagara Center on Sunday for a 5 p.m. faceoff. It is Buffalo’s eighth of nine sets of back-to-back games this season. They are 4-2-2 in the first game and 1-5-1 in the second.

1st Period
No Scoring ... Shots on Goal: Philadelphia 10 - Buffalo 6

2nd Period
No Scoring ... Shots on Goal: Buffalo 9 - Philadelphia 8

3rd Period
BUF 1-0: Ehrhoff’s slap shot from the point deflected off the boards and in the net after hitting the back of Steve Mason’s pad (00:17)

With his assist today, Kevin Porter has a three-game point streak and has six points in his last six games (3+3)... Christian Ehrhoff’s fifth goal of the season ended a six-game pointless streak... Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves for his third career shutout and first since Nov. 18, 2011... Today was the third and final meeting between Buffalo and Philadelphia this season and the 160th game all-time; the Sabres are 63-75-23 against the Flyers (40-29-10 at home)

Chad Ruhwedel
made his NHL debut after being signed to a two-year entry-level contract with the Sabres. The 22-year defenseman had spent the last three seasons with the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, but left school one year early following their semifinal loss in the Frozen Four on Thursday... Luke Adam was a healthy scratch for Buffalo.

Time on Ice: Andrej Sekera, 24:43
Shots: Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford, 3
Blocked Shots: Mike Weber, 3
Hits: John Scott, 5
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 12
Total Faceoffs: Cody Hodgson, 19 (12-7)

Scoring first: 13-4-4
Tied after the first period: 11-8-3
Tied after the second period: 8-5-0
Outshot by Opponent: 13-13-2

Power Play
Tonight: 0-1
Overall: 17/146, 11.6%
Home: 9/71, 12.6%

Penalty Killing
Tonight: 3/3
Overall: 128/164, 78%
Home: 54/70, 77.1%

* Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, 5 p.m.
* Wednesday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
* Friday vs. NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
00:17BUF Christian Ehrhoff (5) ASST: Kevin Porter (5), Steve Ott (14) 1 - 0 BUF
Three Stars of the Game
Jhonas Enroth
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 28-28
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Christian Ehrhoff
Christian Ehrhoff
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 23:59
Steve Ott
Steve Ott
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:01
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:31BUF Patrick Kaleta  Fighting (maj) against  Oliver Lauridsen
01:31PHI Oliver Lauridsen  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Kaleta
02:51PHI Jay Rosehill  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Ott
02:51BUF Steve Ott  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jay Rosehill
07:44BUF Thomas Vanek  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
00:53PHI Oliver Lauridsen  Roughing against  Steve Ott
14:05BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Interference against  Brayden Schenn
3rd Period
02:21BUF Marcus Foligno  Hi-sticking against  Jay Rosehill
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/1
Faceoff Wins2537
Blocked Shots912
Penalty Minutes913
3K. FosterD0001011:45
10B. SchennC0001017:54
12S. GagneL00-12019:19
14S. CouturierC0003016:17
17W. SimmondsR0003018:08
18A. HallR000207:48
19S. HartnellL0001016:40
22L. SchennD00-12022:42
23K. HuskinsD0001018:11
24M. ReadR0000019:33
26R. FedotenkoL000107:55
28C. GirouxC00-11019:18
29E. GustafssonD0001024:21
37J. RosehillL000225:40
38O. LauridsenD00-11713:34
44K. TimonenD0003022:04
48D. BriereC0003018:51
93J. VoracekR00-11017:33
35S. Mason2021.95258:27
5C. RuhwedelD0001013:00
6M. WeberD0001017:48
9S. OttC0110217:01
10C. EhrhoffD1012223:59
12K. PorterC0111016:05
19C. HodgsonC0003017:58
21D. StaffordR0003012:45
26T. VanekL0002017:36
27A. PardyD0000021:40
32J. ScottL000007:13
36P. KaletaR0002514:12
42N. GerbeC0000012:43
44A. SekeraD0010024:43
53M. PysykD0001018:06
55J. HechtC0002014:57
63T. EnnisC0001017:45
65B. FlynnC0012015:36
82M. FolignoL000028:40
1J. Enroth29291.00060:00