POINT TAKEN: Miller steals win for Sabres over Devils

Brandon Schlager  - Digital Media Intern | Monday, 04.08.2013 / 12:18 AM

Buffalo 3 - New Jersey 2 (SO)
Sunday, April 7, 2013
First Niagara Center

With one goal being the difference in 23 of their 38 games heading into Sunday, the Buffalo Sabres had grown accustomed to playing through the nail-biters this season. So after New Jersey scored shorthanded to tie things up at 2-2 five minutes into the third period, they were already in familiar territory.

Ryan Miller made 37 saves and held New Jersey scoreless in the shootout, as the Sabres held on and handed a struggling Devils team a 3-2 shootout decision at First Niagara Center. It was the Sabres’ 10th one-goal victory this season, with 15 of their last 20 games being decided by a single goal.

Patrick Kaleta and Steve Ott had the goals in regulation while Nathan Gerbe was the only player to score in the shootout, giving the Sabres their third win in a row. Gerbe also tallied an assist on Ott’s goal. Miller improved his career shootout record to 41-27, one win shy of his counterpart Martin Brodeur for second all-time. The Sabres out-hit the Devils, 44-17.

New Jersey has lost eight of its last 10 games as it sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Buffalo.

1st period
Patrick Kaleta
scored his first goal this season when Jochen Hecht intercepted a breakout attempt by the Devils and shoveled the puck toward the net. Kaleta, breaking in from the corner, cut in front of the puck and redirected it with a flick over Martin Brodeur’s left pad, opening the game’s scoring with 4:22 gone. New Jersey evened the score after an exhausted Kevin Porter got caught for a cross-check to end a prolonged 2:20 shift. Steve Sullivan scored five seconds into the ensuing power play to tie the game at intermission.

2nd period
After the Sabres struggled to generate much momentum in the first half of the period, John Scott gave the team a boost with a booming open-ice hit on David Clarkson. Moments later, the Sabres recaptured their lead when a big save by Miller sent Gerbe and Cody Hodgson on a rush down the ice where they connected on a series of tic-tac-toe passes to find a wide-open Steve Ott in front of the New Jersey net. Ott then promptly beat a flailing Brodeur top shelf with a wrister five feet away for his eighth goal this season.

3rd period
With Buffalo on the power play just over five minutes into the period, Mark Fayne scored the Devils’ league-leading 10th shorthanded goal tied the game at the 14:14 mark.

Neither team found the back of the net in the overtime period as the Sabres won the shot battle, 4-2. After Tyler Ennis lost the puck on his shootout attempt, Gerbe followed with a snapshot, scoring glove-side low from 15 feet out to give the Sabres the edge. Miller shut down all three New Jersey shooters to seal Buffalo’s fifth shootout victory.

With his goal, Steve Ott has a point in each of his last five games against the Devils and is on a three-game point streak... Kaleta scored his first goal since Feb. 8, 2012 against Boston, a 53-game span. He has four career goals against New Jersey, his highest total against any team... With his assist, Jochen Hecht has three (1+2) points in his last two games... Buffalo is 10-8-6 in one-goal games this season... Tonight was the third and final meeting between the Sabres and the Devils this season and the 139th all-time; Buffalo is 71-45-23 against New Jersey (38-22-10 at home).

Thomas Vanek
sat out for the sixth straight game with an upper-body injury ... Ville Leino, also with an upper-body injury, missed his fourth game in a row.

Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 25:00
Shots: Ehrhoff, 5
Blocked Shots: Mike Weber, 7
Hits: Steve Ott, 10
Faceoff Wins: Ott, 11
Total Faceoffs: Ott, 18 (11-7)

Scoring first: 12-4-4
Tied after one period: 10-7-3
Leading after two periods: 7-0-4
Game decided by shootout: 5-4

Power Play
Tonight: 0/3
Overall: 17/140 (12.1%)
Home: 9/68 (13.2%)

Penalty Killing:
Tonight: 4/5
Overall: 118/152 (77.6%)
Home: 45/59 (76.3%)

* Tuesday at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
* Thursday vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday vs. Philadelphia, 3 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:22BUF Patrick Kaleta (1) ASST: Jochen Hecht (9) 1 - 0 BUF
18:20NJD PPG - Steve Sullivan (6) ASST: Steve Bernier (5) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
13:44BUF Steve Ott (8) ASST: Cody Hodgson (17), Nathan Gerbe (4) 2 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
05:46NJD SHG - Mark Fayne (1) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (4) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1BUFTyler Ennis - Missed
2NJDSteve Sullivan - Save
3BUFNathan Gerbe - Goal
4NJDPatrik Elias - Save
5BUFSteve Ott - Save
6NJDTravis Zajac - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDBuffalo SabresNew Jersey Devils
1Tyler EnnisSteve Sullivan
2Nathan GerbePatrik Elias
3Steve OttTravis Zajac
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 39TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 27-27
PIM: 0PP: 9-10
SV%: .949SH: 1-2
Patrick Kaleta
Patrick Kaleta
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 7
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:02
Steve Ott
Steve Ott
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 10
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:17
Penalty Summary
1st Period
18:15BUF Kevin Porter  Cross checking against  Patrik Elias
2nd Period
04:31NJD Travis Zajac  Interference against  Tyler Myers
18:22BUF John Scott  Roughing against  Stephen Gionta
3rd Period
01:42BUF Steve Ott  Hi-sticking against  Jacob Josefson
04:33NJD Tom Kostopoulos  Hooking against  Cody Hodgson
10:33BUF Marcus Foligno  Tripping against  Bryce Salvador
15:14BUF Mike Weber  Hi-sticking against  David Clarkson
16:06NJD Travis Zajac  Roughing against  Tyler Myers
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/50/3
Faceoff Wins3328
Blocked Shots1318
Penalty Minutes610
2M. ZidlickyD00-15024:12
5A. LarssonD00-11020:58
6A. GreeneD0001027:03
8D. ZubrusC0101016:00
9J. JosefsonC00-11010:51
11S. GiontaC0002012:28
14A. HenriqueC0014019:49
15S. SullivanL10-13018:40
18S. BernierR01-13014:15
19T. ZajacC00-10418:48
20R. CarterL0000010:09
21A. LoktionovC0004017:29
23D. ClarksonR0005017:36
24B. SalvadorD0001023:25
25T. KostopoulosR0001210:52
26P. EliasC00-14021:54
28A. VolchenkovD00-12014:11
29M. FayneD1011015:20
30M. Brodeur2426.92365:00
6M. WeberD0010221:00
9S. OttC1001220:17
10C. EhrhoffD0015025:00
12K. PorterC0001213:55
19C. HodgsonC0101015:01
21D. StaffordR0003017:33
27A. PardyD0000018:15
32J. ScottL001029:11
36P. KaletaR1014015:02
42N. GerbeC0113015:35
44A. SekeraD0001023:09
53M. PysykD0001018:23
55J. HechtC0110016:56
57T. MyersD0001024:22
63T. EnnisC00-11017:42
65B. FlynnC0002017:35
72L. AdamC0000011:31
82M. FolignoL0002211:28
30R. Miller3739.94965:00