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Sabres, 3-2 (SO)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  October 21, 2008 09:42 PM

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BUFFALO -- For the second straight night, an opposing goalie turned in a gem against the Bruins.

On Monday during Boston's home opener at TD Banknorth Garden, Pittsburgh's Dany Sabourin stopped 35 shots to give the Penguins a 2-1 shootout victory. Last night, it was Ryan Miller's turn to shine.

In the shootout, Miller turned aside four of five Boston shooters to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory before 18,334 at HSBC Arena. Thomas Vanek scored the shootout winner.

During 65 minutes of action, the Buffalo netminder saved all but two shots, with no stop better than the third-period glove snatch he made on David Krejci to keep the score tied at 2-2.

After the Sabres had killed off a hooking penalty on forward Adam Mair, the Bruins had a golden chance to take a 3-2 lead. Andrew Ference put a shot on goal from the point that Miller kicked out. Krejci pounced on the rebound and saw some space upstairs over Miller. But Miller recovered and snatched Krejci's go-ahead bid at 11:11.

Dennis Wideman scored the first goal of the game. First, Wideman chopped at the puck at the point to keep it in the zone. Wideman then turned and fired a shot through a tangle of bodies that eluded Miller at 10:57 of the first.

In the second period, Phil Kessel gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Kessel took a pass from Milan Lucic and whipped a wrist shot over Miller at 11:48 of the second for his sixth goal of the year.

But only 13 seconds after Kessel's goal, Mark Stuart was sent to the box for interference. The penalty gave the Sabres the life they needed. Forward Clarke MacArthur made it a 2-1 game, then forward Drew Stafford tied the game at 5:48 of the third period.

The Sabres are now 5-0-1. Montreal is the only other Eastern Conference team without a loss.

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