In their first game back from the Olympic break, the Buffalo Sabres faced the Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center. With just under a minute to play, Christian Ehrhoff threw a puck towards the Carolina net that deflected its way past Cam Ward for the game-winner. Ehrhoff earned the first star of the night with two goals in the 3-2 win.
“It had a lot to do with Millsy (Miller),” Ehrhoff said after the game. “He made some huge saves for us. He was very sharp and he was our best player again.”
After a long trip back from Sochi, Ryan Miller made the start for Buffalo (16-34-8) and had an outstanding game, stopping 36 of Carolina’s (26-23-9) 38 shots. Not only did Miller get the win, but he also had two offensive assists in the game as well.
“It’s definitely an adjustment; it’s one of the furthest time zones I’ve ever adjusted too,” Miller stated. “It’s always a little easier coming back.
The first period remained scoreless as Carolina outshot the Sabres 11-5. Buffalo broke the scoreless tie in the second period with a powerplay goal at 5:54. Christian Ehrhoff received a pass from Drew Stafford at the point and rifled a slapshot that was deflected past Cam Ward for his fifth goal of the season. Ryan Miller also received his first assist of the season on the play.
The Hurricanes came back to tie the game at 16:52 into the second. Eric Staal entered the Sabres zone on a 2-on-1 rush with Alexander Semin on the wing, and fired a wrist-shot past Miller for his fifteenth goal of the season.
The Sabres regained the lead late in the game after a pile-up in Carolina’s crease. The puck got free in behind Ward which allowed Tyler Ennis to score his fourteenth goal of the reason with a diving effort at 12:13 into the third. Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford both assisted on the play.
Carolina wasted no time tying the game back up. At the 16:00 minute mark in the third, Semin fired a quick snap shot past the glove of Miller for his fifteenth goal of the season.
In the waning seconds of the third period, Ehrhoff fired a pass towards Marcus Foligno that ended up getting deflected past Ward for the put away goal. Miller received another assist on the play, finishing the night with two points.
The Sabres are back home tomorrow to take on the Boston Bruins.