January 05, 2011
With the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche tied 3-3 late in the third period on Tuesday night, Sabres forward Luke Adam(notes) had the game on his stick and gaping net in front of him. Yet his power-play shot never lit the lamp, deflecting out of the crease on what looked like a sure-thing goal.
No ... it was Luke's own teammate, Tyler Ennis(notes), who accidentally made the save of the night in spoiling what could have been the game-winner for Buffalo, which eventually lost in overtime, 4-3.
The puck hit Ennis' stick, which was behind the goal line, and remained out of the net. The referee waved off the shot but it was reviewed by the War Room, which determined that the puck didn't completely cross the goal line. Take a look at one of the most stunning plays of the season:
"I don't know how we have the whole net and it just somehow hits my stick that's sitting there," said Ennis, who was bumped near the crease by defensemen Ryan O'Byrne(notes) and Matt Hunwick(notes). "For whatever reason it hit my stick and doesn't go in. That's just disappointing for that to happen. I don't know what the chances are of that."
Said Adam: "Someone didn't want that to go in. ... I saw the puck squirt out and I had the whole net there. The one spot that I shot it, it just happens to hit Enzo's stick. It's a tough play, but that's got to be a goal."
Ennis said the play was "just unlucky," and that ill fortune continued in overtime. The Buffalo player in the penalty box when Colorado scored its overtime game-winner? That would be Tyler Ennis, for high sticking.
His stick taketh away, and his stick giveth.