Sabres edge Senators in shootout 2-1

Ryan Miller came up big for the Buffalo Sabres again.

Miller made 35 saves as the Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1

in a shootout on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing

skid.

”He’s always battling and he made some huge saves again,”

defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said. ”He’s been great every game, so

it’s definitely a broken record.”

With his 46th shootout win, Miller took sole possession of the

record for most shootout wins in NHL history. The Rangers’ Henrik

Lundqvist has 45.

”I’ve been trying to take the approach that I’ve seen a lot of

these guys and pay attention to what they want to do on the ice,”

Miller said. ”I set myself up well to be in a good position to

make a save.”

Rookie Zemgus Girgensons scored the tying goal in the second

period and added a score in the 10th round of a shootout.

Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn and Steve Ott also scored for Buffalo

in the shootout.

Milan Michalek scored and Robin Lehner made 35 saves for the

Senators, who have gone four games without a regulation win. The

Senators’ shootout scorers were Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and

Michalek.

Buffalo is 4-0 in games decided by a shootout. Miller has been

in net for all of those wins.

Jamie McBain appeared to give the Sabres a second-period lead at

the 15:30 mark when Lehner pushed a loose puck into his own net,

but referee Tom Kowal ruled that the whistle had blown.

The play was reviewed and fans were treated to a replay with the

on-ice volume amplified that showed the puck crossing the line

before the whistle blew.

The NHL released a statement saying there was a delayed penalty

on Ottawa which should’ve stopped play when Ottawa touched the

puck.

Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan called his team’s response

to the disallowed goal ”the best part of the game.”

”It was pretty devastating when they called back the goal,”

Nolan said. ”You could tell the guys were deflated a little bit

but they overcame it, they forgot about it and they moved on. To

get a win like that is an emotional win for us.”

Ott said it wasn’t hard to move past the lengthy review.

”Eighty-two games, we’re going to get bounces going either way

and obviously we’re on the wrong end of that,” Ott said. ”But we

kept pushing forward and it was good to see some character of the

guys who continued to push forward.”

Ottawa scored first on a 2-on-1 rush 6:25 into the first period,

when Michalek beat Miller for his fifth goal of the season.

Buffalo nearly tied it when Erik Karlsson took a hooking call at

the 9:14 mark of the second period, but Lehner made four saves on

Buffalo’s first power play of the night to protect the 1-0

lead.

Girgensons had the game-tying goal.

Christian Ehrhoff took a wrist shot that Lehner kicked to his

right and Girgensons swatted at the loose puck. It beat Lehner

between the legs, hitting each skate before crawling over the goal

line.

”He’s getting rewarded for his work,” Nolan said. ”He’s

always worked and good things happen when you do that. It’s a good

reward for a kid who’s worked so hard.”

The Sabres had a season-high 18 shots in the second period, but

Ottawa controlled the third period as it outshot Buffalo 13-6.

”We just need to play the full 60 (minutes),” Turris said.

”It’s something that we’re getting better at, but we’re still

having trouble sometimes.”

Overtime had free-flowing play with scoring chances for both

teams. Miller made a sprawling stop on Chris Phillips before McBain

was unable to convert two chances in the Ottawa end.

Tyler Myers was led off the ice in overtime after taking a Jason

Spezza shot to the face. Nolan said he thinks Myers ”is OK.”

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean felt his team wasn’t rewarded for a

strong road effort with two points.

”We created things and we played fast and we played more like

we want to play and we didn’t put them in the net,” he said. ”But

any time you come on the road and get a point, it’s usually a

pretty good trip so it could be a big point at the end of the

year.”

The Senators were playing their third game in four nights and

next play Thursday when they host Buffalo.

NOTES: Sabres LW Ville Leino was a healthy scratch for Buffalo.

”He didn’t practice all that well,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said

of Leino, who is goalless in 19 games. ”I think we’re part of our

environment. If we don’t practice hard, how are you going to play

hard?” … D Eric Gryba and C Mike Hoffman were scratched for

Ottawa. … Mike Weber was again scratched for the Sabres.