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
”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
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
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
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
”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
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.