|BUF||0||0||0||0||1 (2 - 4)||3|
|DET||0||0||0||0||0 (1 - 4)||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.
|Jason Williams (2) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (6), Danny Markov (1)|
1 - 0 DET
|Jason Williams (3) ASST: Johan Franzen (2), Brett Lebda (1)|
2 - 0 DET
|PPG - Chris Drury (3) ASST: Jochen Hecht (3), Daniel Briere (3)|
2 - 1 DET
|PPG - Thomas Vanek (1) ASST: Derek Roy (2), Maxim Afinogenov (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||J. Williams||D. Briere|
|2||P. Datsyuk||M. Afinogenov|
|3||H. Zetterberg||T. Vanek|
|4||T. Holmstrom||A. Kotalik|
|Toni Lydman Hi-sticking against Niklas Kronwall|
|Maxim Afinogenov Hooking against Nicklas Lidstrom|
|Maxim Afinogenov Interference|
|Johan Franzen Interference against Derek Roy|
|Andrew Peters Fighting (maj) against Brad Norton|
|Brad Norton Fighting (maj) against Andrew Peters|
|Tomas Kopecky Hooking against Adam Mair|
|Jaroslav Spacek Interference against Kirk Maltby|
|Maxim Afinogenov Cross checking against Danny Markov|
|Adam Mair Holding against Kris Draper|
|Dominik Hasek Interference against Daniel Briere|
|Robert Lang Holding against Derek Roy|
|Pavel Datsyuk Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Maxim Afinogenov Tripping against Chris Chelios|
|Jiri Novotny Tripping against Daniel Cleary|
|SA: 43||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 41||EV: 25 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 15 - 15|
|SV%: .953||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 17||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 15||EV: 10 - 10|
|PIM: 2||PP: 3 - 5|
|SV%: .882||SH: 2 - 2|
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