MUSIC CITY MAGIC
Adam, Kassian & Ennis score as Buffalo takes down the Predators 3-2.
(AP) Ryan Miller summed up his return to the ice in one word.
"Eventful," the Buffalo Sabres' star goalie said.
Activated from injured reserve Friday after missing eight games because of a concussion, Miller stopped 32 shots in Buffalo's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
"I'm happy to be back," Miller said. "I'm happy to get a win. It has been awhile since I have felt like I have put together a game I could pride myself in.
"It was important for me to go out there and play a solid game. I did the things I wanted to do. On the goals, I was a little behind on both of them."
His biggest stop came with 4:06 left in the second period. Nashville's Jordin Tootoo crashed into Miller, knocking him out of the net and onto the ice. The collision prompted a pileup of players, and Miller threw several punches at Tootoo after they hit the ice.
Tootoo was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff didn't think it was enough in terms of punishment.
"What happened in the game was a joke," a livid Ruff said. "All it does is prove the fact when I said it was open season. It appears it is open season.
"You have a guy coming off a concussion and you've got Jordin Tootoo running over your goaltender," Ruff said. "We used to get a two-minute power play. We got a one-minute power play. That's a joke. I want to see what the league wants to do with this one."
7:44 - Greetings from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
7:44 - Warm-ups are just about done and we'll get the updated scratches and starters as soon we can.
7:45 - Biggest news coming out of today was Corey Tropp's recall. This is Tropp's third recall of the year and has 2 points (1+1) in ten games for the blue and gold.
7:49 - Matt Ellis looks to be back in the line up tonight as well.
7:50 - Ryan Miller is making his return tonight as well. Miller has missed the last nine games since being knocked out of action by Milan Lucic.
7:57 - Weber, McCormick, Boyes & Myers scratched for the Sabres
7:57 - Not scratched... out
7:58 - Leopold, Gerbe & Kaleta are scratched for Buffalo.
7:58 - Regehr, Sekera, Vanek, Pominville, Hecht & Miller all starting for Buffalo.
8:02 - Brian McGrattan, Francis Bouillon & Sergei Kostitsyn scratched for Nashville.
8:02 - Weber, Erat, Fisher, Smith, Josi & Lindback starting for the Predators.
8:07 - Anthem is in the books. Time for some hockey.
8:08 - Game on!
8:09 - Miller stops the shot by Weber. Predators putting some nice pressure on early
8:09 - Tropp is out with Ellis & Gaustad on a line.
8:11 - Jordin Tootoo puts a shot into Miller's chest.
8:11 - Chris Mueller is taking his first shift for Nashville.
8:11 - Kassian, Adam and Leino are on a line. Good mix of talent
8:13 - Tropp is battling well behind the Nashville net.
8:16 - Kassian is just solid on the puck. Took a lot of bumps on that shift and managed to hang onto it.
8:19 - So far tonight I've heard Nickelback and Our Lady Peace... Nashville knows good tunes.
8:20 - Tropp gets dumped at the blue line.
8:20 - Kevin Klein delivered a textbook hip check on that play.
8:22 - GOAL!
8:23 - Luke Adam stuck with the play and it pays off. Adam records his ninth goal of the year.
8:27 - Nashville is starting to put some pressure on. Miller's looked sharp so far but Buffalo can't keep giving up quality chances to the Preds
8:28 - Mike Fisher trips up Tyler Ennis and puts the Sabres on the power play.
8:29 - The Sabres are having a real tough time entering the Nashville zone.
8:31 - Fisher is out of the box. Sabres PP didn't manage much that first series.
8:36 - GOAL!
8:37 - Zack Kassian goes in on a breakaway and puts a nifty move on Lindback and goes top shelf with the backhand.
8:38 - Ehrhoff heads off after blocking a slapshot with his face.
8:40 - Patric Hornqvist gets mauled by a host of Sabres. New rule is don't get to close to Ryan Miller.
8:41 - That's it for the first period of play - Sabres up 2-0.
8:58 - Game On!
9:00 - Finley logged just three shifts during the first period.
9:02 - Adam heading to the box for tripping - very debatable call
9:04 - Miller standing tall in a scrum. Nashville crashing the net on the power play.
9:05 - Adam is out of the box
9:05 - Gragnani makes a solid defensive play to break up the Pred's 2-on-1
9:07 - That had to be the most obvious hooking call ever. Sabres going back to the power play courtesy of Smithson
9:08 - Vanek just fails to convert on the through-the-legs move.
9:09 - Nashville is back to full strength
9:10 - Kassian takes out McNabb with a nice open ice check... too bad they both play for Buffalo.
9:12 - Quality back-and-forth chances for both teams.
9:16 - Tyler Ennis has been throwing his body tonight.
9:17 - Gaustad taking exception to Predators swarming McNabb when he's up against the boards with the puck.
9:21 - Fantastic passing by Buffalo on this series. Pominville just misses high on Lindback.
9:23 - Miller snares a Weber point shot. #30 is playing well covering angles and getting good views at the puck.
9:25 - Wow!
9:25 - Huge brawl as Miller gets run by a Predator.
9:26 - Gaustad still going after Tootoo.
9:27 - Miller immediately dropped the blocker and started feeding shots to Tootoo.
9:28 - Tootoo drove to the net with Ehrhoff and seemed to lean "high" into Miller.
9:29 - Pominville explaining the situation to Ruff... he does not look to impressed.
9:31 - Lots of penalties... give me a second to get it organized.
9:31 - Gaustad received 4 minutes for roughing & a 10 minute misconduct.
9:32 - Tootoo received a 5 minute charging & a game misconduct.
9:34 - Miller playing well after the hit - makes two clutch saves
9:35 - Lindback dives to knock the puck away from Kassian (he heard footsteps)
9:36 - That's the end of two periods. Sabres up 2-0 with twenty minutes to go.
9:53 - Game on
9:54 - Buffalo kicks off the period with a power play.
9:56 - Stafford heading to the box for hooking. Sabres back to the kill
9:58 - Matt Ellis seeing time on special teams for the Sabres.
9:59 - Stafford misses the Hecht pass coming out of the box
9:59 - Miller playing on his head right now.
10:00 - Just robbed Halischuk with a glove save.
10:02 - Stafford heading back to the box for holding. And Ennis gets tangled up with Mueller
10:03 - Nashville finally gets on the board.
10:03 - Smith hits a one-time short side on Miller - Sabres lead 2-1
10:05 - Another scrum in front of Miller.
10:09 - Nashville crowd is very active tonight..
10:12 - Sabres cycling the puck around the Predators zone.
10:14 - And here we go again.
10:14 - Ehrhoff heading to the box.
10:17 - Ehrhoff & Hornqvist each get two minutes.
10:19 - Both teams back to full strength.
10:20 - Sabres starting to play a bit fast-and-loose in their own zone.
10:21 - GOAL!
10:22 - Tyler Ennis grabs his first goal of the year and puts Buffalo up by 2.
10:25 - Nashville pulls the goalie.
10:26 - Preds get the goal from David Legwand. Pull them to within 1.
10:27 - Paul Gaustad has an upper body injury - will not return.
10:28 - One minute left in regulation.
10:32 - That's the game - Sabres win 3-2
--blog by Scott Miner, Sabres.com