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Sabres 3, Red Wings 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 3, Red Wings 2, SO
Buffalo Sabres 3, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) -Things didn't start out well for Ryan Miller. They ended perfectly.

Miller made 41 saves and Ales Kotalik's shootout goal gave the undefeated Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Daniel Briere also scored for the Sabres in the shootout, their third in four games this season. Pavel Datsyuk got Detroit's only shootout goal.

Miller is a native of East Lansing, Mich., and played at Michigan State from 1999-2002, winning the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player in 2001. He played at Joe Louis Arena many times in college and this was the second time in the building as an NHL player.

But he had to overcome a tough start as Buffalo trailed 2-0 in the first period.

He misplayed a carom off the boards and Jason Williams calmly put the puck into the empty net 1:29 into the game.

"I just tried to forgive myself. I know the guys would forgive me," Miller said. "It took a pretty good hop. ... That's playing at Joe Louis Arena. I should know better."

But then he made several outstanding saves the rest of the game.

"After that bad bounce on the second shift of the game, he came up with saves for us the next two periods at crucial times," Kotalik said.

Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek scored in regulation for Buffalo (4-0-0).

Williams had both of Detroit's goals and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves for the Red Wings (2-1-1).

Detroit coach Mike Babcock praised Miller.

"You're just wiring (the puck) off this kid. It's hitting him off the shoulder," Babcock said. "The first part is the kid. He's their best player and he kept them in the game."

The Sabres killed a two-minute, two-man disadvantage starting at 8:39 into the second period after Maxim Afinogenov took a cross-checking penalty and Adam Mair was called for holding.

"That was the biggest part of the game," Kotalik said. "... That gave us confidence we could win the game."

Vanek's power-play goal with 2:12 left in the second period tied the score at 2. He picked up a loose puck in the slot and put a shot over Hasek.

Williams' second goal made it 2-0 with 6:53 left in the opening period when he scored from in front.

"Our offense was pretty good but we did didn't capitalize on the 5-on-3," he said. "We tried to put it towards the net as much as possible."

Drury's power-play goal, in a goal-mouth scramble, put Buffalo on the board with 4:50 remaining in the first period.

Notes: Miller is a cousin of former NHL players Kelly, Kevin and Kip Miller. ... Detroit LW Johan Franzen got his second assist of the season. He didn't get his first assist last season, his rookie year, until Dec. 31.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:29
DET
Jason Williams (2) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (6), Danny Markov (1)
1 - 0 DET
13:07
DET
Jason Williams (3) ASST: Johan Franzen (2), Brett Lebda (1)
2 - 0 DET
15:10
BUF
PPG - Chris Drury (3) ASST: Jochen Hecht (3), Daniel Briere (3)
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
17:48
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (1) ASST: Derek Roy (2), Maxim Afinogenov (1)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDDETBUF
1J. WilliamsD. Briere
2P. DatsyukM. Afinogenov
3H. ZetterbergT. Vanek
4T. HolmstromA. Kotalik
penalty summary
1st Period
02:04
BUF
Toni Lydman  Hi-sticking against  Niklas Kronwall
06:05
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Hooking against  Nicklas Lidstrom
09:34
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Interference
10:19
DET
Johan Franzen  Interference against  Derek Roy
14:10
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Norton
14:10
DET
Brad Norton  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
14:25
DET
Tomas Kopecky  Hooking against  Adam Mair
2nd Period
05:01
BUF
Jaroslav Spacek  Interference against  Kirk Maltby
08:39
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Cross checking against  Danny Markov
08:39
BUF
Adam Mair  Holding against  Kris Draper
17:05
DET
Dominik Hasek  Interference against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
02:24
DET
Robert Lang  Holding against  Derek Roy
10:17
DET
Pavel Datsyuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:06
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Tripping against  Chris Chelios
19:24
BUF
Jiri Novotny  Tripping against  Daniel Cleary
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 43TOI: 65:00
Saves: 41EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 15
SV%: .953SH: 1 - 1
Dominik Hasek
SA: 17TOI: 65:00
Saves: 15EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .882SH: 2 - 2

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