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Miller is a killer as Sabres edge Leafs

Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 1:59 AM

Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)

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Miller is a killer as Sabres edge Leafs
Buffalo Sabres 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Miller
1st
Ryan Miller
G
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 19-19
PIM: 0PP: 15-16
SV%: .971SH: 0-0
Jason Pominville
2nd
Jason Pominville
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:02
Dion Phaneuf
3rd
Dion Phaneuf
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 28:43

Buffalo 2 – Toronto 1
Monday, January 21, 2013
Air Canada Centre

GAME RECAP
TORONTO – Jason Pominville’s first goal of the year proved to be the game winner as the Buffalo Sabres remained undefeated to start the season with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday. Ryan Miller came within 102 seconds of a shutout before Nazem Kadri buried a shot into the Buffalo net at 18:18 of the third. The Maple Leafs appeared to tied the game shortly after that, but the goal was immediately waved off when it was ruled that Joffrey Lupul directed the puck past Miller with his glove. Cody Hodgson had Buffalo’s other goal, and Thomas Vanek picked up an assist on Pominville’s goal for his league-leading sixth point of the season.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ryan Miller
: It’s often said that your goalie is your best penalty killer, and that was just the case with Ryan Miller tonight. The Buffalo netminder stopped 34 of the 35 shots sent his way, including eight during a four-minute stretch of shorthanded play in the first period. His biggest save of the night came at 12:54 of the second period when he slid across the crease to deny his good friend John Michael Liles of a sure goal on a tap in at the edge of the crease. Miller is now 28-14-0 in his career versus Toronto, and has more wins (28) and shutouts (4) against the Maple Leafs than any other team in the NHL.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS
The win was Buffalo’s first in Toronto since a 4-3 shootout decision on Nov. 6, 2010. The Sabres hadn’t won in regulation at the Air Canada Centre since Nov. 30, 2009 (3-0)… Thomas Vanek has collected six points in two consecutive games for fifth time in his career. The last time he did it was April 5/8, 2011… Vanek has 17 points (5+12) in his last 12 games, and 46 points (22+24) in 45 career games against the Maple Leafs… The Sabres improved to 2-0-0 when scoring first; they were 25-9-8 last season when scoring the game’s first goal… The Sabres were outshot 35-20, and only had 11 through the first two periods… Buffalo was outshot 11-0 in the first period after Cody Hodgson opened the scoring at 8:51… Buffalo opened the season with a sweep of their first of nine back-to-back sets... This was the 186th game all-time between the Sabres and Maple Leafs. Buffalo leads the series 103-60-22; they are 42-35-15 in Toronto… The Sabres are 18-23-1 all-time in road openers, including a 2-2-0 record in Toronto.

BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Time on Ice: Jordan Leopold, 25:12
Shots: Stafford/Vanek/Pominville/Ennis, 3
Blocked Shots: Leopold, 4
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 5
Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 22
Hits: Steve Ott, 7

SPECIAL TEAMS
Buffalo killed off six of seven Toronto power plays, including four in the first period. The Sabres played shorthanded for four straight minutes in the first period on penalties by Stafford (interference-5:36), Myers (delay of game-5:15) and Ott (closing hand on puck-3:59). The Leafs had eight shots during this stretch and rang another off the crossbar. The Sabres were held scoreless during their three man advantage situations, and are now three-for-nine to start the season.

GRIGORENKO WATCH
After playing 11:13 on Sunday, rookie Mikhail Grigorenko upped his ice time to an even 13 minutes in his second career NHL game. Grigorenko played 4:10 in the first period, and followed that up with 5:20 and 3:30 in the second and third periods respectively. He won four of seven faceoffs and registered one hit, but failed to record a shot on goal.

NOTABLE
Ville Leino
missed his second straight game with a lower body injury; Lindy Ruff says he’s considered day-to-day… TJ Brennan and Mike Weber were healthy scratches for the second game in a row.

UP NEXT
* Thursday @ Carolina, 7 p.m.
* Friday vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
* Sunday @ Washington, 3 p.m.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:51
BUF
Cody Hodgson (2) Tip-in - ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (1), Jason Pominville (4)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
04:51
BUF
Jason Pominville (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (4)
2 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
18:18
TOR
PPG - Nazem Kadri (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Kostka (2), Tyler Bozak (1)
2 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
02:34
BUF
John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
02:34
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
02:34
TOR
John-Michael Liles  Cross checking against  Patrick Kaleta
02:34
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  John-Michael Liles
09:11
BUF
Cody Hodgson  Tripping against  Michael Kostka
14:24
BUF
Drew Stafford  Interference against  Joffrey Lupul
14:45
BUF
Tyler Myers  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:01
BUF
Steve Ott  Closing hand on puck
2nd Period
07:06
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
09:40
TOR
Phil Kessel  Interference on goalkeeper against  Patrick Kaleta
09:40
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Phil Kessel
11:13
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
15:15
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Interference against  Jason Pominville
17:49
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mike Brown
17:49
TOR
Mike Brown  Misconduct (10 min) against  Patrick Kaleta
19:30
TOR
James van Riemsdyk  Tripping against  Christian Ehrhoff
3rd Period
05:41
TOR
Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Marcus Foligno
05:41
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
18:14
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Tyler Bozak
19:52
BUF
Cody Hodgson  Tripping against  Joffrey Lupul
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
1-1-0
SA: 20TOI: 57:32
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0