Miller, Ehrhoff lead Sabres to victory


The Sabres and Hurricanes resumed NHL action on Tuesday night as they were the only two teams in the league playing. A big night from Ryan Miller and a pair of goals from Christian Ehrhoff helped earn Buffalo a 3-2 victory over Carolina on Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center. 

Ehrhoff’s shot found it’s way off Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk and into the net with time ticking down in regulation, giving the Sabres a 3-2 lead. 

Miller, who made key saves throughout the night, stopped 36 of 38 shots and contributed on the offensive side of things as will. The Sabres’ goaltender earned two assists on the night, giving him his eighth and ninth of his career. 

Cam Ward returned in goal for the Hurricanes after being out since December 31st. Ward allowed three goals on 18 shots in the loss. 

Tyler Ennis’ diving effort gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead with under eight minutes remaining in the 3rd period, a lead that would last for just a couple minutes. Alexander Semin beat Miller with four minutes remaining in the period, tying the game at two.

Ehrhoff got the scoring started in the second period with a blast from the point that found its’ way past Ward. Twice, the Hurricanes rallied from behind. Eric Staal knotted the game at one after an odd-man rush late in the second period.

Despite the low amount of shots, the Sabres were able to squeeze out a victory, snapping their four game losing streak. 

Miller made a couple of big stops early on, including a breakaway save on Jeff Skinner, but was sharp throughout the game.

“We were fortunate to find some open ice tonight that led to a few goals,” Ehrhoff said. “Miller was really sharp.”

The Sabres will be right back at it as they host the Bruins tomorrow night. That game will be Nationally televised on NBCSN and will begin around 7:30 p.m.

Kevin Freiheit
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