THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 3, CANADIENS 1
Ryan Miller stops 40 enroute to a 3-1 win for Buffalo
MONTREAL (AP) - Thomas Vanek scored just before the end of the second period and Ryan Miller made 40 saves to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Vanek held up before driving a slap shot past goalie Carey Price from low in the left circle with 2.8 seconds remaining in the period, finishing off a passing play with Jason Pominville and Marc-Andre Gragnani.
Jordan Leopold scored earlier in the second and Christian Ehrhoff put his first Buffalo goal into an empty net with 28.3 seconds left as the Sabres (4-1) won their second in a row on the road.
Raphael Diaz scored his first NHL goal for Montreal (1-3-1), which held a 41-23 shots advantage but completed an 0-2-1 homestand.
Price stopped 20 shots in his fifth straight start.
Miller kept the game scoreless in the first period when Montreal held a 14-3 edge in shots. He made a big glove save on Diaz's shot during a Canadiens power play midway through the third to protect Buffalo's one-goal lead... MORE.
With less than six seconds left in regulation, Buffalo settled in to take a draw to the left of Montreal goaltender Carey Price. The play started with center Paul Gaustad, who won the draw over to Marc-Andre Gragnani. Gragnani tapped the puck to a waiting Jason Pominville who saw Thomas Vanek edging towards the net. Pominville passed the puck across the ice to Vanek who caught the pass, faked a shot, looked Price in the eyes and went top shelf on the Montreal goaltender. With 2.8 seconds left in the second period, Buffalo had taken the lead away from the Canadiens and set up an interesting third.
At the morning skate, goaltender Ryan Miller made the point that this Montreal team is a division rival, and that he wanted to beat every team he could. To that he had to be at his best and tonight Miller had the opportunity to show just how good he was. Facing 41 shots, Miller turned all but one shot away proving that he is an elite goalie Miller faced 30 shots in the first two periods alone and had to combat odd man rushes, turnovers and pressure in his face the entire night.
- Forwards Matt Ellis, Jochen Hecht & defenseman Mike Weber were all scratched for the Sabres.
- Montreal was down firepower as Mike Cammalleri, Chris Campoli, Andrej Markov & Ryan White all sat out with injuries.
- Buffalo was outshot in the first period 14-3 and mustered only one shot in the last twelve minutes of the period.
- Jordan Leopold scored his first of the season to tie the game at one in the second period.
- Thomas Vanek lit the lamp for his fourth goal of the year. Vanek currently leads the Sabres in goals and in points with eight.
- Christian Ehrhoff notched his first goal as a Sabre when he scored the length of the ice on an empty net.
The Sabres continue their road trip as they head south to Florida. Buffalo takes on the Panthers this Thursday before heading to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning on Saturday night. The team returns home to play only their second game in Buffalo next week when host a return match-up with the Lightning next Tuesday, the 25th of October.