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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller watches the shot off a New York Islanders' stick during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Sabres Close Out Season With 2-1 Shootout Win

The Buffalo Sabres wrapped up the 2013 NHL season with a 2-1 shootout win at home against the New York Islanders.

After a lackluster first period, the Sabres jumped out ahead of the Isles early in the second on a Brian Flynn goal. Thomas Vanek out-battled two New York players to grab the puck and feed Flynn for his sixth of the season.

Ryan Miller, playing his 500th game of his career, played strong through two periods including stopping a Michael Grabner breakaway. But, midway through the third Miller made a puck handling mistake that led to Keith Aucoin tying the game at one a side.

The final game of a frustrating season went to overtime where Miller stopped another Isles breakaway by John Tavares. The Sabres were short-handed for two of the five minutes in OT, but Miller remained strong forcing a shootout.

Miller stopped all three shootout shots and Thomas Vanek scored on Evgeni Nabakov to complete the win.

BUF: 3:29 of 2nd - Brian Flynn (6) (Thomas Vanek)
NYI: 7:26 of 3rd - Keith Aucoin (6) (Andrew MacDonald)


BUF: Vanek (Goal)
NYI: None

BUF: 22
NYI: 32

3 Stars:

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .968

B. Flynn (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Grigorenko (Sabres - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0


BUF: John Scott: 10 Minute Misconduct Eric Boulton
NYI: Eric Boulton: 10 Minute Misconduct John Scott
BUF: Tyler Ennis: 2 Minutes for Roughing Thomas Hickey
BUF: Drew Stafford: 2 Minutes for Roughing Thomas Hickey
NYI: Matt Carkner: 2 Minutes for Elbowing John Scott (Served by Keith Aucoin)
BUF: John Scott: 5 Minute Major for Fighting Matt Carkner
NYI: Matt Carkner: 5 Minute Major for Fighting John Scott
BUF: Kevin Porter: 2 Minutes for Hooking Keith Aucoi