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WATCH: Nathan Lieuwen robs Michael Ryder

  • Joe Ray

With the Buffalo Sabres in the midst of one of the worst goal-scoring campaigns by a team in NHL history, the goaltending has had flashes of absolute greatness. Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth have each submitted their bids for save of the year; unfortunately, Miller is now a St. Louis Blue and Enroth has been sidelined with a lower body injury and hasn’t started in over two weeks.

With newcomer Michal Neuvirth also on the shelf, Buffalo has been riding their two goaltenders that have spent the whole season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans – Matt Hackett and Nathan Lieuwen. Both have had their moments in net, but the 6’5″, 198-pound Lieuwen made an outstanding athletic play during tonight’s 3-2 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Lieuwen surrendered a juicy rebound to a wide-open Michael Ryder, but watch the spectacular movement to sprawl and make the save:

In the shootout victory, Lieuwen earned his first win at the NHL level after accruing a 17-11-2 record with Rochester earlier this season.

On the flip side, the Devils improved their team’s shootout efficiency to 3-for-39, but lost their 11th shootout of the season and 15th in a row dating back to last season. Their last shootout victory was March 10, 2013 against Winnipeg.

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