VIDEO: Christian Ehrhoff saves game, scores goal on same shift

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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.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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