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Adam, Kassian & Ennis score as Buffalo takes down the Predators 3-2.

Sunday, 12.04.2011 / 12:37 AM / THE AFTERMATH
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(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

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82