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TORONTO -- Ryan Miller missed a shutout by one minute and 42 seconds, but more important, he was the key to the Buffalo Sabres' 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Miller made 34 saves as the Sabres spoiled the Maple Leafs' home opener before a crowd of 19,475 at Air Canada Centre to remain undefeated two games into the lockout-shortened season. "I think Ryan Miller comes to mind when you ask how did we win that game," said Buffalo center Cody Hodgson, who scored the game's first goal in the first period. "He was pretty amazing back there. We were just able to pull it out. It wasn't the prettiest, but we'll take it." Jason Pominville assisted on Hodgson's second goal of the season and scored what proved to be the winner in the second period. Nazem Kadri gave Toronto hope when he scored his second goal of the season on a power play at 18:18 of the third period, sending home a wrist shot after Michael Kostka'...
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By: Connor Nielen (@ConnorNielen)
For all of Ryan Miller’s career domination versus Toronto (a 27-14-0 record, .922 SV%, 2.44 GAA coming into this season), he found himself surprisingly unable to lead his Buffalo Sabres to victory at the Air Canada Centre on any of the team’s three attempts during the 2011-12 campaign.
Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday night.
Miller lost his shutout bid when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season. Toronto's Joffrey Lupul appeared to tie it seconds later with goalie Ben Scrivens on the bench, but the goal was disallowed.
With Scrivens on the bench...
French-language newspaper La Presse in Montreal had some quotes from Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy yesterday concerning Mikhail Grigorenko, who has three games remaining with the Sabres before Darcy Regier and his crew have to make a decision on keeping him or sending him back to the QMJHL:
"I begin to think that there is a strong possibility that Mikhail does not return...
Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino is missing the team's regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers because of a lower body injury.
Listed by the team as day to day, Leino missed practice Saturday a day after he was hurt in practice.
Leino was well enough to join his teammates, coaches and Sabres owner Terry Pegula to greet fans in the First Niagara Center lobby...
Two games down, three to go.
From the sounds of Lindy Ruff's morning interview on the Howard Simon Show, the Sabres plan on keeping Mikhail Grigorenko past the five game deadline.
I think if they do keep him up after the five games, it's a good idea for a couple reasons.
While Grigorenko hasn't got on the scoresheet, I'm not worried about him. I wasn'...
Thomas Vanek is a one man scoring machine today.
HDTV with two goals and three assists today.
His linemates, Pominville and Hodgson have been full value in the first game of the season.
Pomemer with two assists, and, Hodgson with a goal.
Hodgson has been Buffalo's best player today. His skating has been terrific. His play making has been remarkable.
[caption id="attachment_145" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Vanek and Pominville have both had great starts to the season[/caption]
By Derek Wangler
With all eyes on the new additions to the Sabres roster for the 2013 hockey season, veterans Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville are showing fans that they’re still the team’s top players.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Thomas Vanek hardly looked like a man who hadn't played NHL hockey in nine months. Vanek had five points (two goals, three assists) to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in the First Niagara Center. Tyler Myers scored the winning goal with just over five minutes remaining and Cody Hodgson gave the Sabres some breathing...
Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) sophomore running back Mike Weber talks about the Michigan offer he landed today.
Pat Kaleta (#36) puts a hit on Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux during Buffalo’s 5-2 win over the Flyers.
The message from the coaches and players in the Buffalo Sabres organization was the same throughout the offseason and during training camp: become a much tougher team to play against.
Last season, much was made of the infamous Milan Lucic hit on Ryan Miller when no one on...
These kinds of hits have to be banned from hockey. Buffalo
forward Tyler Ennis is 157 pounds soaking wet, and Flyers forward Scott Hartnell
is a bull at 210 pounds, and he buries Ennis from behind. No penalty on the play. You have to give
former Fighting Sioux forward Drew Stafford credit for answering the call.
Well that was a fun couple of days, no? A 5-2 beat down of the Flyers followed by a near textbook road win against the Leafs and the Sabres have gotten off on the right foot for this shortened 2013 season.
Sunday’s opener was about as sloppy as expected, as the Sabres and Flyers plodded through forty minutes of fairly average hockey before the Sabres third period explosion...
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in the home opener at the Air Canada Center, coach Randy Carlyle put his players through a lengthy practice at the MasterCard Center in Etobicoke, ON this morning.
The Leafs face a rather daunting three games in four nights starting tomorrow night, with two road contests against two top Eastern Conference contenders.
The Buffalo Sabres are hoping a solid start by goalie Ryan Miller is a sign of good things to come.
That's not so good for the Carolina Hurricanes, who have struggled to score coming out of the nine-month layoff.
The visiting Sabres seek their best start in four seasons and look to hand the Hurricanes their worst in 15 years Thursday night in the opener of a home-and-home series...
(Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres got their second win of the young season in as many days with a 2-1 win over host Toronto in the Maple Leafs’ home opener on Monday night. The win moves Buffalo to 2-0 on the season.
Buffalo’s top line once again shined as Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek, and Jason Pominville all got on the score sheet once again. Hodgson...