In the first game of the Pat LaFontaine-Ted Nolan era of the Buffalo Sabres, Christian Ehrhoff put on an absolute show in a single late-game shift. He almost single-handedly assured his new coach would start his second stint with the team on a winning note.
With the Sabres leading the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 and Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier pulled for an extra-attacker with less than a minute to go, the Leafs were buzzing. With about 46 seconds left on the clock, Ryan Miller made a huge save, but the puck bounced right to James van Riemsdyk, who had almost the whole net to shoot at.
Van Riemsdyk unloaded a shot from right on top of the crease, but Ehrhoff found a way to position himself to block it, surely preventing a goal and preserving the lead. Seconds later, he collected a loose puck and seemed try to clear the zone. Instead, it went all the way down and into the empty net making it 3-1.
Miller made 32 saves himself to earn a deserved victory, but none of them will be remembered as well as Ehrhoff's game-saver.
The Sabres held on for the 3-1 victory. Riding a wave of optimism after the front-office shake-up, Ehrhoff helped make First Niagara Center the loudest it's been all season.