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Miller, Ennis lead Sabres over Ducks 5-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Miller, Ennis lead Sabres over Ducks 5-2
Anaheim Ducks 2, Buffalo Sabres 5

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tyler Ennis scored two goals to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Ryan Miller, making his 11th straight start, earned his 199th NHL win. His shutout bid was spoiled when Corey Perry scored a power-play goal with 4:24 to go in regulation. Miller finished with 21 saves.

Craig Rivet had a goal and assist, Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe also scored, and Derek Roy and Jordan Leopold added a pair of assists each for the Sabres, who rebounded from consecutive losses to Florida and Tampa Bay over the weekend.

Perry added a second goal, and backup Curtis McElhinney made 37 saves for Anaheim.

The Ducks, who won 3-0 at Boston on Monday, lost for the first time in five meetings with the Sabres. Anaheim went 2-3 on its road trip and will be off until after the Christmas break.

McElhinney made his eighth start of the season in place of No. 1 goalie Jonas Hiller, who has played an NHL-high 32 games.

The Sabres scored three goals in the first period and stretched their lead to 4-0 on Ennis' second of the game and ninth of the season at 4:40 of the second. The rookie wristed a shot into the top-left corner from the left circle.

Stafford made it 1-0 with his ninth of the season on the power play 4:43 into the game. Following a nifty give-and-go with Roy in the left circle, Stafford slipped a backhander along the ice and between McElhinney's legs.

Gerbe doubled the lead with his first this season, putting in a rebound from the slot.

Anaheim forward Jason Blake was then given a major penalty and was ejected after he hit Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta into the boards from behind with 6:24 left in the first. Ennis capitalized on the long power play with 3:03 to go to make it 3-0. He scored off a rebound of Andrej Sekera's initial shot from the top of the right circle.

Rivet made it 5-1 with his first with 2:57 left in the game. Perry capped the scoring with a power-play goal with 9 seconds remaining.

NOTES: The Ducks recalled LW Josh Green from Syracuse of the AHL after C Nick Bonino injured a foot against Boston. He day-to-day. ... Sabres C Tim Connolly missed the game due to a fractured nose sustained against Tampa Bay on Saturday. He will be out at least a week. ... Rivet, Buffalo's captain, returned after being a healthy scratch for 11 straight games. ... Miller got engaged over the weekend to Noureen DeWulf. ... Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and Sabres C Cody McCormick fought immediately after the opening faceoff in the second period. Five seconds later, Anaheim's Kyle Chipchura and Buffalo's Paul Gaustad also fought.
scoring summary
1st Period
04:43
BUF
PPG - Drew Stafford (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Derek Roy (24), Tyler Myers (8)
1 - 0 BUF
10:05
BUF
Nathan Gerbe (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Craig Rivet (2), Paul Gaustad (7)
2 - 0 BUF
16:57
BUF
PPG - Tyler Ennis (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrej Sekera (8), Jordan Leopold (11)
3 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
04:40
BUF
Tyler Ennis (9) Snap shot - ASST: Derek Roy (25), Jordan Leopold (12)
4 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
15:36
ANA
PPG - Corey Perry (18) Backhand shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (21), Cam Fowler (15)
4 - 1 BUF
17:03
BUF
Craig Rivet (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rob Niedermayer (7)
5 - 1 BUF
19:51
ANA
PPG - Corey Perry (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (22), Ryan Getzlaf (23)
5 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
03:45
ANA
Jason Blake  Too many men/ice - bench
13:36
ANA
Jason Blake  Boarding (maj) against  Patrick Kaleta
13:36
ANA
Jason Blake  Game misconduct against  Patrick Kaleta
2nd Period
00:01
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
00:01
BUF
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Getzlaf
00:06
ANA
Kyle Chipchura  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Gaustad
00:06
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Chipchura
00:30
BUF
Steve Montador  Cross checking against  Brandon McMillan
09:58
BUF
Mike Weber  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
09:58
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Weber
16:30
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  Joffrey Lupul
3rd Period
01:09
ANA
Cam Fowler  Holding the stick against  Jason Pominville
06:06
ANA
Corey Perry  Slashing against  Thomas Vanek
15:22
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  Ryan Getzlaf
18:58
BUF
Steve Montador  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney
2-4-1
SA: 42TOI: 59:47
Saves: 37EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .881SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .913SH: 2 - 2