Miller Redeems himself against Habs
When the Sabres lost their home opener in Buffalo, there were a lot of factors that played into their loss. One that most Sabres fans are reluctant to turn to most of the time is Ryan Miller. While Miller is one of the premier goalies in the league, every player is prone to their “off” nights. It was surprising to see Miller a little off of his game because he is usually so sharp after a break. But nonetheless, he did let in a few soft goals opening night, disappointing many fans.
Tuesday night it was never more apparent that Miller was ready for action and to make up for his play in the home opener. Miller faced 40 shots on the road in Montreal and kept his team in the game through a first period that the Sabres were flat-out outplayed in. The Sabres came back into the second and went down 1-0 after an excellent move from Raphael Diaz. Despite being beat, Miller continued to play spectacular and held his team up until Jordan Leopold could tie the game just after the midway point in the second.
It seemed as though the third period was going to start tied and it was going to be a real battle to the finish, but Coach Lindy Ruff had other plans. With less than ten seconds left in the period the Sabres had an offensive zone face-off that was straight from the chalkboard in the locker room. Paul Gaustad won the draw to Jason Pominville on the left wing, who slide the puck back to Gragnani on the point who fed it to Vanek in the slot who let a crisp snap-shot sail right past Carry Price putting the Sabres up 2-1 with less than three seconds left in the period.
The last minute face-off magic gave the Sabres all the momentum going into the third and after an empty net goal by Christian Ehrhoff the final nail was put in the Canadians coffin. This was a big win for the Sabres, despite the strong start to their season. The Habs were the stronger team through most of this game, and for the Sabres to come out with a win in regulation time was a true testament to how well Ryan Miller played.
A player that is really breaking out this season is Luke Adam. Adam started the season filling in for Jochen Hecht who is out with concussion symptoms. However Adam has made it impossible, even if Hecht were healthy to get back into the lineup. He has had six points in the first five games of the season and is second in goals on the team. He is a fresh face for this team, even though there seems to be quite a few of them. His work ethic reminds me of Nathan Gerbe, and if he continues to play the way he has been he should expect to keep his roster spot all year.
Tonights face-off against Florida is at 7:30 Eastern and is an excellent opportunity for te Sabres to grab two points.
Lets Go Buff-A-Lo!