Note: This story was written by Sabres 101 writer Richard Wade
The Buffalo Sabres bested the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Saturday night to a raucous crowd at First Niagara Center. Ryan Miller made 21 saves to propel Buffalo to a home victory.
"You want to be there to make a difference. We had to stick to it. They were tired," said Ryan Miller.
The Sabres played an uneventful first period, mustering only four shots on goal. The second periods saw a much different team. The Sabres were more aggressive, creating numerous scoring chances. Matt Moulson put Buffalo on the board with his 14th goal of the season.
"We came up big again when we needed to," said Matt Moulson.
New Jersey tied things up at 1 in the second period when Michael Ryder scored for the Devils. Buffalo continued to press the net, leaving New Jersey scrambling for answers. Ryan Miller played his typical outstanding game, keeping the game tied despite constant pressure by New Jersey.
The third period started with the same feisty play from both teams. Just five minutes into the period, Mike Weber lays a nice hit on Andrei Loktinov from New Jersey. Loktionov's teammate Ryane Clowe took offense, and he started a fight with Weber. Neither player got off any solid punches, and the refs quickly broke things up.
Buffalo gained the lead for good when Matt D'Agostini scored his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre. Tonight was hist 16th game as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
"We worked hard to create chances," said D'Agostini. " A lot is made about stats, but their is much more to the game than that."
Coach Ted Nolan had glowing things to say about the play of starting goaltender Ryan Miller.
"I thought he was sensational tonight," said Nolan. "They are starting to care about each other out there."
The Sabres play next on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes here at First Niagara Center.
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