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Miller hangs on to defeat former team

Sabres can’t overcome early deficit

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Who knew that the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins at 12:30 EST on Sunday would be more exciting?

That looked like it was going to be the case. The early indication was that it was going to be quite a long afternoon for Buffalo as they went down 3-0 in the opening 12 minutes of the game. 

Jonas Johansson let in some soft goals and was likely one or two more away from being pulled. That could’ve happened if the Ducks’ penalty shot was successful, but Johansson did a good job of getting the pad down. 

The entire Sabres team recovered rather nicely considering they were down, 3-0. They put on tons of pressure early in the third period, maybe some of their best shifts all season. But they couldn’t beat Ryan Miller a third time. 

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
16:15Jakob Silfverberg (17)Sam Steel (15)Michael Del Zotto (9)
110:45Ryan Getzlaf (12)RIckard Rakell (21)Devin Shore (5)
112:00Nick Ritchie (6)Troy Terry (8)Adam Henrique (12)
118:53Johan Larsson (5)Scott Wilson (1)---
211:41PPGRasmus Dahlin (4)Jack Eichel (38)Jimmy Vesey (10)

Miller came up with some big saves in the final period.

It was kind of nice to see him win in Buffalo, honestly. The Sabres haven’t had a strong, reliable goaltender since Miller.

The Ducks were in defensive mode right until the final buzzer and they somehow hung on.

I think Buffalo played well for a majority of the game. But that has been the problem for too long. They have a short span where they completely stop playing and it costs them. It would’ve been nice for Johansson to make a couple of those stops early in the game, but he ended up keeping his team in the game. 

Another frustrating note is that the Ducks played on Saturday, so this was a back-to-back set for them. The Sabres had a day off and couldn’t take advantage of a tired Anaheim team. 

The usage of Jeff Skinner has continued to be a little puzzling. He’s not lighting it up like he was last year – not even close – but Krueger has not put Skinner back on the power play, either. Skinner will be an important part of the future, and the Sabres will need him to find his game. 

“I think you always put pressure on yourself, guys that get to this level they are competitive guys, you want to help the team win. I know my role in helping the team win and I haven’t been doing it.” – Skinner

Look at how much ice time Jack Eichel had! 

 

In the end, it’s another poor start to a homestand. The Sabres will host the Red Wings on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.

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