In the final meeting of the season between the two clubs that have been battling longest for playoff positioning, we should've expected a charity point to be handed out. That's exactly what happened Sunday between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes.
None of that would have happened without Jhonas Enroth, however. Sitting in for Ryan Miller, Enroth made 35 saves to help the Sabres get to overtime, where Marc-Andre Gragnani scored the game-winning goal. The win gives Buffalo a huge boost in their dream of finishing this week above 8th-place in the East, as they now sit three points ahead of 9th-place Carolina with just three games to play.
Obviously, had Carolina pulled out a victory, things would have been much different. The Hurricanes got a goal from Eric Staal in the second period that ultimately earned them that charity point, but couldn't pull out the extra one. As a result, they sit two points behind the 8th-place New York Rangers, who also won on Sunday afternoon.