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Sabres 2, Islanders 1 (SO)

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 10:53 PM

Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)

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Sabres 2, Islanders 1 (SO)
New York Islanders 1, Buffalo Sabres 2
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Miller
1st
Ryan Miller
G
SA: 31TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 23-24
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .968SH: 1-1
Brian Flynn
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:35
Mikhail Grigorenko
3rd
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 14:34

Buffalo 2 – NY Islanders 1 (SO)
Friday, April 26, 2013
First Niagara Center

GAME RECAP
Playing in his 500th career game, the night already belonged to Ryan Miller. So it was only fitting that the Sabres’ goaltender would close the door on Buffalo’s 2012-13 season with a trio of huge saves.

Miller stopped all three shooters in the shootout, as the Sabres concluded their season with a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Thomas Vanek clinched the win for the Sabres, scoring the only goal of the three-round shootout. Brian Flynn’s sixth of the season was Buffalo’s lone regulation marker. Keith Aucoin accounted for New York’s scoring with a goal at 7:26 of the third period.

This was also the final NHL contest for Sabres forward Jochen Hecht, who announced his retirement following the game. The 35-year-old Hecht played his first NHL game in Buffalo as a member of the St. Louis Blues on January 13, 1999, and finishes his 832-game career with 186 goals and 277 assists. Hecht’s best season came in 2006-07 with the Sabres, posting career highs in goals (19), assists (37) and points (56).

ROSTER NOTES
Patrick Kaleta
sat out his third consecutive game with a hand injury sustained against the Rangers on March 19… Ville Leino (upper body-lung, 13 games) and Tyler Myers (broken bone-leg, 7 games) were also scratched.

BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 30:09
Shots: Mikhail Grigorenko, 6
Blocked Shots: Mark Pysyk, 2
Hits: Marcus Foligno, 4
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 13
Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 17 (13-4)

BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
Scoring First: 16-4-4
Tied After the First Period: 14-9-3
Leading After the Second Period: 9-0-4
Outshot by an opponent: 17-15-2

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Power Play
Tonight: 0/3

Penalty Killing
Tonight: 4/4

TEAM AWARDS
In a pre-game ceremony on the ice, Ryan Miller received the Sabres’ MVP Award as selected by his teammates. Marcus Foligno was named the Rookie of the Year, and defenseman Mike Weber was voted to be the team’s Unsung Hero.


FINAL SEASON TOTALS
OVERALL RECORD: 21-21-6 (48 pts.), 5th place, Northeast Division/11th, Eastern Conference (as of 4/26)
Goals For: 125
Goals Against: 143

TEAM LEADERS: G- Vanek, 20 … A- Ennis/Vanek, 21 … P- Vanek, 41 … PPG- Vanek, 9 … SHG- Five players, 1 … GWG- Steve Ott, 3 … Shots- Stafford, 121 … PIM- Ott, 93 … Plus/Minus- Ehrhoff/Hecht/Flynn, +6 … Hits- Ott, 187 … Blocked Shots- Weber, 92

SPECIAL TEAMS
Power Play
Overall: 23/163, 14.1%
Home: 13/82, 15.8%
Road: 10/81, 12.3%

Penalty Killing
Overall: 141/178, 79.2%
Home: 63/79, 79.8%
Road: 78/99, 78.8%

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:29
BUF
Brian Flynn (6) ASST: Thomas Vanek (21)
1 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
07:26
NYI
Keith Aucoin (6) ASST: Andrew MacDonald (9)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFNYITOTAL
1T. Vanek
F. Nielsen
1 - 0
2D. Stafford
B. Boyes
1 - 0
3J. Hecht
J. Tavares
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
08:41
BUF
Mike Weber  Interference against  Colin McDonald
13:02
NYI
Brian Strait  Interference against  Jochen Hecht
20:00
BUF
John Scott  Misconduct (10 min) against  Eric Boulton
20:00
NYI
Eric Boulton  Misconduct (10 min) against  John Scott
2nd Period
03:48
NYI
Brian Strait  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
04:42
BUF
Drew Stafford  Roughing against  Thomas Hickey
04:42
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Roughing against  Thomas Hickey
12:03
NYI
Matt Carkner  Elbowing against  John Scott
12:03
NYI
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
12:03
BUF
John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
01:25
BUF
Kevin Porter  Hooking against  Keith Aucoin
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
23-11-7
SA: 22TOI: 64:43
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 31TOI: 65:00
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1