Buffalo 3 – NY Islanders 2
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Make no mistake about it: Ryan Miller stole a game for the Buffalo Sabres.
Miller made 41 saves, and got some help from his goalposts, as the Sabres headed back to Buffalo with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Sabres have now won two games in a row for the first time since the start of the season, leaving them at 5-6-1 as they hit the quarter-mark of the 48-game season. Buffalo only managed 15 shots on Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabakov, but Alexander Sulzer’s third-period goal was the game winner. New York had a chance to tie the game with 3:53 left in the third, but John Tavares rang his penalty shot opportunity off the left post, after being hooked from behind on a breakaway attempt by Christian Ehrhoff.
Thomas Vanek scored his 11th goal in 11 games for Buffalo, and Ehrhoff finished off a give-and-go with Cody Hodgson in the second period for his first of the season. Vanek and Hodgson each finished the night with two points. In the win, Vanek extended his league lead in both goals (11) and points (23).
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
Last Sabres win when outshot by 28+ was 3/29/88 (3-1 W at Quebec), 47-19 shots… Alexander Sulzer played in his 100th career NHL game… Dating back to last season, Vanek has 34 points (13+21) in his last 21 games… Steve Ott now has streaks of three games in both assists (3) and points (1+3)… 151st game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo leads the series with a 74-55-22 record. Buffalo is 33-32-11 against the Islanders on the road.
Tyler Myers was a healthy scratch for the Sabres. Click here for his reactions following the morning skate… Patrick Kaleta and Andrej Sekera were both back in the lineup after missing time with injuries… Kaleta missed five games with a neck injury, and Sekera was out for three with a bruised foot… Cody McCormick and Matt Ellis were also healthy scratches… Robyn Regehr (lower body, 6 games) and Ville Leino (hip, 12 games) remain on IR.
BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS:
Time on Ice: Ehrhoff/Leopold, 25:25
Shots: Ennis/Vanek, 3
Blocked Shots: Mike Weber, 5
Hits: Steve Ott, 4
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 9
Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 18 (9-9)
BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
* Scoring first: 4-3-0
* Tied after the first period: 3-3-1
* Tied after the second period: 3-2-0
* Outshot by an opponent: 3-6-0
The Sabres were scoreless in two power play attempts, and are now 15.6% (7/45) on the season. Buffalo killed off all three Islanders man advantage situations, improving to 79.2% (38/48) after 12 games.
* Sunday vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
* Friday vs. Boston, 7 p.m.