Sabres 3, Islanders 0
After being shut out by the New York
Miller made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and 14th overall, and
“We played a real sound game coming off that loss,” Miler said. “We did a very sound job pushing the puck up the ice, and we didn’t give up anything that was too dangerous. We want to be a team that’s in control.”
They were certainly that against an
Buffalo has allowed just 24 goals in 12 games this season, and played perhaps one of its best overall games against the
“It was a real great effort,” said Vanek, who scored for the first time in five games. “We adjusted good from the other night, and overall played well and deserved to win.”
Biron earned the shutout against his former teammates four days ago.
“I don’t think it was anything they did, I think we beat ourselves tonight,”
Miller helped pull that trigger by repeatedly clearing pucks to the side or covering them up.
“I think they had to find their moments,” Miller said. “They couldn’t get a consistent attack going, which I think is why we ended up winning that game.”
Roy opened the scoring with his first of the season at 8:27 of the first period on the power play, wristing a shot from the top of the left circle that beat Biron on the stick side. Buffalo cashed in again on the power play with 2:47 left in the second period when Vanek deposited the puck past Biron on his own rebound from in tight.
Gaustad capped the scoring with 3:41 left when he jammed the puck in. The play was upheld after a video review showed the puck crossed the goal line before Biron was able to freeze it.
“They did a lot of things right, but you combine that with our lack of efficiency in the face-off dot, our lack of urgency at times, poor decisions, and not skating when we had the opportunity, it was a bad combination,”
NOTES: Buffalo recalled G