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Sabres goalie Neuvirth hurt, prospect Lieuwen summoned

Mar 16, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

Rochester Americans' goalie Nathan Lieuwen makes a save just before getting slammed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' Simon Despres, during an AHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AP Photo Citizens' Voice, Andrew Krech) MANDATORY CREDIT AP

The Buffalo Sabres announced that they have summoned Nathan Lieuwen on an emergency basis.

Michal Neuvirth is dealing with a lower-body injury and won’t be available for tonight’s game against Montreal.

Given that Jhonas Enroth played between the pipes on Saturday, there’s at least a slim chance that Lieuwen will make his NHL debut. It’s slim because Lieuwen played on Friday and Saturday for AHL Rochester.

“Nathan Lieuwen has been a really outstanding surprise,” Amerks coach Chadd Cassidy told the Buffalo News. “He really is developing nicely and has taken the ball and run with it in terms of the opportunity that we’ve given him.”

He was taken in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and spent most of the 2012-13 campaign in the ECHL, but he has stepped up this season with a 2.34 GAA and .922 save percentage in 32 AHL games.

  1. prosportswashington - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    This is a microcosm of Neuvy’s career. Has showed some real talent and then just as he hits a groove he gets an injury. Probably didn’t help him in Washington that Adam Oates is opposed to helping his goaltenders in any way

  2. djshnooks - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Whatever it takes to finish last and have the best chance at a #1 pick…

    GET. IT. DONE.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Poor Neuvy, just cant catch a break.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I feel he’ll be like Mason. A scenery change will help his career

  5. strictlythedanks - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    What ever happened to matt hackett?

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I don’t keep up with Roch as much as I should, but all the accounts I’ve heard have been that this year has been a step back for Hackett. Lieuwen on the other hand has performed above expectations.

  7. billsin20xx - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    What stinks is our sucky AHL team that is currently playing in the NHL keeps robbing players from our good AHL team in Rochester, hopefully all these injuries won’t effect their roster too much!

  8. rrhess1529 - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Is it football season yet…..

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