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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Blackhawks Hang On For 2-1 Win Over Sabres

A late surge by the Sabres wasn't enough on Saturday during a 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks. Drew Stafford pulled Buffalo to within a goal -- part of a 13-shot final period -- but Chicago hung on for the win.

Ben Smith deflected a Brent Seabrook shot past a heavily screened Ryan Miller to open the scoring at 9:26 of the first. Chicago maintained its one-goal lead until 19:35 of the second when Patrick Kane, with the Blackhawks on a power play, ripped a one-timer into the Buffalo net.

Both teams had their fair share of scoring chances prior to Kane's goal. Cody Hodgson missed the net on a one-time chance while Thomas Vanek was stoned by Crawford following a 2-on-1 break. Later in the period, Kane stole the puck from Ehrhoff, but was denied on the breakaway opportunity by Miller.

Stafford cut the Chicago lead in half with 8:11 remaining in regulation, but Corey Crawford stood tall the rest of the way and the Blackhawks prevailed 2-1. Crawford finished with 28 saves while Miller stopped 38 for Buffalo. The Sabres (0-5-1) are back home on Monday to host the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m.

1st Period

9:26 - CHI - Ben Smith (1) (Brent Seabrook, Brandon Bollig)

2:40 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., tripping)
6:37 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., roughing)
10:05 - CHI - Niklas Hjalmarsson (2 min., holding)
12:10 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., boarding)
14:37 - CHI - Brandon Bollig (2 min., charging)
14:37 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., slashing)

2nd Period

19:35 - CHI - Patrick Kane (4) (PPG) (Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw)

6:18 - CHI - Marcus Kruger (2 min., holding)
6:59 - BUF - Cody Hodgson (2 min., tripping)
18:41 - BUF - Rasmus Ristolainen (2 min., holding)

3rd Period

11:49 - BUF - Drew Stafford (1) (Cody Hodgson, Mark Pysyk)

3:57 - CHI - Patrick Kane (2 min., high sticking)

BUF - Ryan Miller (38 saves, 40 shots)
CHI - Corey Crawford (28 saves, 29 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 0 of 3
CHI - 1 of 5

Three Stars
1.) CHI - Corey Crawford (28 saves)
2.) BUF - Ryan Miller (38 saves)
3.) CHI - Patrick Sharp (0 G, 1 A)

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