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Buffalo Sabres Oust Washington Capitals in Yet Another Shootout

January 12th, 2014 at 6:01 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals for the second time this season in a shootout.

 

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The Sabres were bailed out yet again by Ryan Miller, who put together another sensational performance. Miller stopped 28 of 29 Washington shots, and stopped all three that he faced in the shootout. Miller also made a few highlight reel stops to keep his team in the game, while the Sabres struggled to find offense. Miller's game was so sensational that even Washington fans began to chant "USA" after the game, saluting Miller who should be a lock for the No. 1 goaltending spot for the Americans in the Olympics.

Tyler Ennis continued to be one of the few Buffalo forwards to generate offense, as he scored on the power play to tie the game at one in the first period. The game remained tied through the next two periods, and overtime. Cody Hodgson, fresh off the injured reserve list, was the only one to score in the shootout, giving the Sabres the 2-1 win.

While the win is good for Buffalo's morale, it does little in the standings. Each overtime and shootout win the Sabres earn is really only a one-point swing in the standings, given the opposition gets a point for getting into extra time. Buffalo currently sits in the basement of the NHL.

The Sabres will next hit the ice on Tuesday at the First Niagara Center to play the Philadelphia Flyers. Buffalo will hope to extend their three-game point streak in that contest, and maybe even earn a win in regulation. 

 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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