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Buffalo at Boston

Miller stops penalty shot, helps hot Sabres fend off Bruins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The way Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres are closing out games could make them extremely tough to face a few weeks from now.

Tyler Myers had a goal and set up Paul Gaustad's score to lift the surging Sabres to their sixth victory in seven games, 3-2 against the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

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SeedTeamGPPTSROW
1z-Pittsburgh487233
2y-Montreal486326
3y-Washington485724
4x-Boston486224
5x-Toronto485726
6x-N.Y. Rangers485622
7x-Ottawa485621
8x-N.Y. Islanders485520
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9o-Winnipeg485122
10o-Philadelphia484922
11o-New Jersey484817
12o-Buffalo484814
13o-Carolina484218
14o-Tampa Bay484017
15o-Florida483612
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Miller made 40 saves, including Marco Sturm's penalty shot in the first period and Mark Recchi's shot from the edge of the crease as the final horn sounded, in a matchup of last month's U.S. Olympic goaltenders.

Tim Kennedy also scored for Buffalo, which moved one point behind Pittsburgh for second overall in the Eastern Conference.

The Sabres improved to 27-0-0 when leading after two periods, but had to hold on after Dennis Seidenberg scored to make it 3-2 with 5:37 to play.

"It was really big for us, especially with the spot they're in and the desperation they have," Myers. "It was a huge road win for us. As a team right now, we're focused on moving forward."

David Krejci had Boston's other goal. The Bruins, who remained in eighth place in the East after Carolina defeated Atlanta 4-1, lost for the third time in seven games.

For the goal-starved Bruins, tied for last in the league in scoring, getting behind 3-1 early was just too much to overcome.

"We had an opportunity to get back in the game, but the goaltender made some good saves at some opportune times," Boston coach Claude Julien said.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas, Miller's backup in Vancouver, was pulled following the Sabres' third goal and left the ice to jeers. He was making his second successive start after shutting out Calgary on Saturday.

"The fact that I was leaving the ice? I don't know what they were booing," said Thomas, who agreed it was his most frustrating time since coming into the NHL late in 2003 season.

"You don't like to see it," Miller said of the boos toward Thomas. "We are competitive to a certain degree, but I know he's a little bit frustrated. I didn't think there was a whole lot he could do on at least two of those goals."

The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead when Krejci made a nifty move by faking to go behind the net from the right side before tucking a shot inside the post, beating Miller at 7:43 of the first.

Myers' goal tied it 2:13 later. He stole a clearing pass at the right point and fired a high shot that hit defenseman Dennis Wideman's arm and caromed by Thomas.

The Sabres made it 2-1 when Gaustad scored on a backhand from in close off a rebound midway into the opening period.

The Bruins, who had a big edge early in the first period with strong play and some good scoring chances, ended up outshooting Buffalo only 14-11 in the period.

Miller blocked Sturm's penalty shot when the winger shot it into his body at 3:20 of the first.

Kennedy completed a 2-on-1 break when he slipped a shot under Thomas' left pad 6:08 into the second period.

"You have to try and change the momentum," Julien said. "I don't think I have to try and justify anything. Like I said, hindsight is 20-20. You look at Timmy's last game. He was extremely good. We expected that tonight."

When Thomas was lifted in favor of Tuukka Rask, he headed down the runway toward the dressing room and missed about six minutes of play.

Seidenberg's shot from the left wing hit Miller, popped over his left shoulder and rolled into the net.

Notes

  • It was the sixth time this season Thomas has been pulled from a game. Rask has never been removed.
  • Buffalo's Derek Roy was held without a goal after getting a hat trick in a victory against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
  • The Bruins dropped to 3-10-3 at home since New Year's Day.
  • Julien said he didn't have an update on injured defenseman Andrew Ference, but also said he would not be with the team in New Jersey on Tuesday.
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Buffalo's Mike Grier (25) watches as Paul Gaustad's go-ahead goal gets past Tim Thomas.  (Getty Images)
Buffalo's Mike Grier (25) watches as Paul Gaustad's go-ahead goal gets past Tim Thomas. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Buffalo  (42-23-10) «2103
Boston (34-29-12)1012
Three Stars
T. Myers
BUF


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Krejci
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Miller
BUF


Saves: 40
Save Pct.: .952
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:43David Krejci (17), Wrap Shot. Assist: Chara
09:56Tyler Myers (11), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
11:34Paul Gaustad (12), Backhand Shot. Assist: Myers
2ND PERIOD
06:08Tim Kennedy (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Roy, Stafford
3RD PERIOD
14:23Dennis Seidenberg (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Rask
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
03:47Mancari, 2 min, Holding
09:13Sturm, 2 min, Hooking
18:13Roy, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Buffalo1114833
Boston14141442
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ryan Miller60:00402
Tuukka Rask32:46190
Tim Thomas26:08113
Game Information
Attendance - 17565
Referees - Marc Joannette, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey
 
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