With the Lehner roar when the buzzer buzzed for the final time for the day, you knew that the game was special for the Sabres as well as for Robin Lehner the goalie. It was without a doubt his day with a spectacular number of saves. There were no less than 32 Lehner saves.
Though Lehner sought to underplay that he was battling his former teammates the Ottawa Senators, everybody knew it was special and it showed through the excellent Lehner saves. The theater of the spectacle was the Canadian Tire Centre at Ottawa reports Reuters. After the superb show, Lehner said “No matter who we played today, it was a win, we needed,” putting the victory of the team over any personal accomplishment. He continued, “We don’t want to lose two in a row. We can learn a few things from this game.”
The moment, however, belonged to the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative and hopefully like Lehner and his former Ottawa teammate Craig Anderson, who made 30 saves, we can save lives from Cancer at the same rate.
Incidentally, Anderson’s wife too was diagnosed with Cancer but a fight is surely on the cards and Anderson would be hoping to save the day, this time for the sake of his family.
In the true spirit that guided the night, the Senators had “Stick with Nik” helmet decals in support of Nicholle, Anderson’s wife.
The match was played in front of 16,225 frenzied fans and featured a 13-year-old named Justin Leblanc who too is struck by cancer. He limped out to center ice crutches to drop the opening puck along with announcer Stu Schwartz who himself has successfully battled cancer reports nationalpost.com
In a fitting tribute to both the goalkeepers, the defenseman of the Senators Erik Karlsson said, “I think both goalies played outstanding, and I think both teams played really good as well. It was one of those games we generated a lot but didn’t capitalize on the chances we had.”
He added about the Lehner saves, “When we beat him, he was there anyways.”
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