x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Miller saves the day for Sabres

The Bruins' play-off push is dented as Ryan makes 40 saves in a brilliant return for Buffalo in a 3-2 victory.


Ryan Miller made 40 saves in a brilliant return for the Buffalo Sabres as they beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Monday night. Tyler Myers, Paul Gaustad and Tim Kennedy scored for the Northeast Division leaders, who have won six of their last seven games. Miller, who was rested during Buffalo's 7-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, helped the Sabres (42-23-10) move within a point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Eastern Conference.

"We knew they'd come out hard, they are a desperate team," Lindy Ruff, the Sabres coach, said of Boston, who are in a battle for the eighth and final Eastern Conference play-off place. "It was really big for us, especially with the spot they're in and the desperation they have," Myers said. "It was a huge road win for us. As a team right now, we're focused on moving forward." Boston did get a measure of relief as the Atlanta Thrashers, their rivals for the final play-off spot in the East, failed to make ground on the Bruins when they were beaten 4-1 by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina were indebted to a 26-save performance by Cam Ward, their goaltender, who had missed the previous 19 games with a back injury. "We had a lot of chances right in front of the net, but Ward did a great job of taking away everything low and we really couldn't get anything up high," said Ron Hainsey, the Thrashers defenceman. "Knowing that Boston lost, it was an opportunity to get even with them points-wise.

"We just didn't get the job done. We could have won that game." * With agencies