Sabres 2, Ducks 0

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 01, 2012

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 29: Goalie Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres guards the net against the Boston Bruins during a game at HSBC Arena on January 29, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Ryan Miller made a season-high 43 saves in his fourth shutout, Derek Roy and Brad Boyes scored, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 on Wednesday night. Christian Ehrhoff assisted on goals for the Sabres, who are 9-3-3 since Jan. 24 and five points out of a playoff spot. Miller's shutout was the 26th of his career. The 2010 Vezina Trophy winner has started 18 consecutive games, and has allowed fewer than three goals in 10 of them. It was his third 40-save game of the season. Jonas Hiller made 22 saves for the Ducks, who have lost consecutive games for the first time in eight weeks and are seven points out of a playoff spot with 18 games remaining. They were shut out for the fifth time this season and first time at home . The Sabres, 2 for 34 on the power play over their previous 14 games, opened the scoring at 7:12 of the first period while Corey Perry was serving a delay-of-game penalty. Tyler Myers' misfired on a 45-foot wrist shot, but Roy played the carom off the end boards and tucked his 14th goal inside the left post while Hiller was out of position. The Sabres had five power-play opportunities, two more than their total in the previous three games combined. They made it 2-0 at 8:16 of the second period, just 5 seconds after Anaheim killed off a boarding penalty against Luca Sbisa. The Ducks' defenseman was just a few desperate strides from reaching Ehrhoff in the high slot when the Sabres' center unleashed a screened slap shot that Boyes deflected past Hiller's glove. The teams met for the first time since opening night, when Thomas Vanek scored two power-play goals in Buffalo's 4-1 victory at Helsinki. Notes: Hiller, whose 23rd consecutive start in net tied the Ducks' franchise record shared by Guy Hebert and Jean-Sebastien Giguere, is 14-5-4 during this stretch. ... Miller has made only one other start at Anaheim. That was on Dec. 5, 2007, when he played against his brother, Drew, for the first time in an NHL game and lost 4-1. Drew is now with Detroit. ... Rookie C Cody Hodgson made his Sabres debut. He was acquired from Vancouver along with D Alexander Sulzer just before Monday's trading deadline. Sulzer was a healthy scratch. ... Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf has four goals in his last 55 games.
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