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Sabres Hang On For 3-2 Win Over 'Canes



Ryan Miller stopped 36 shots and picked up assists on both of Christian Ehrhoff's goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes at First Niagara Center on Monday. Head inside for more.

After a scoreless opening period, the two sides traded goals in the second. Buffalo grabbed the 1-0 lead on a power play goal courtesy of Christian Ehrhoff, his fifth tally of the season. Ryan Miller picked up a secondary assist, good for his his eighth career assist and first in nearly two years.

Carolina fired 21 shots at Miller over the first two periods, but finally beat him on Eric Staal's 15th. After taking a pass from Justin Faulk, Staal came streaking in and beat Miller from the near faceoff circle with a wrist shot that found its way between the goaltender's pads.

Tyler Ennis put the Sabres back in front at 12:13 of the final period, poking home a loose puck resting near the goal line. After stopping Matt Moulson's attempt, Cam Ward lost sight of the puck and Ennis pounced to give Buffalo the 2-1 advantage. It was a short-lived lead, however, thanks to Alexander Semin. Less than four minutes after Ennis' goal, the Carolina forward carried the puck up ice and snapped a shot past Miller's glove and into the net, making it 2-2.

A Hurricanes miscue in front of their own net put Buffalo back ahead, this time for good. Ehrhoff's pass toward the crease deflected off Faulk's stick and into the Carolina net, giving the Sabres a 3-2 lead. Miller recorded another assist on the goal, his second of the evening.

The Sabres stay at home to face the Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Hear the call on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period
Goals

None

Penalties
7:50 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., tripping)
11:32 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., interference)

2nd Period
Goals

5:54 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (5) (PPG) (Drew Stafford, Ryan Miller)
16:52 - CAR - Eric Staal (15) (Justin Faulk)

Penalties
4:53 - CAR - Riley Nash (2 min., tripping)
6:40 - BUF - Brian Flynn (2 min., delay of game - puck over glass)
14:50 - CAR - Brett Bellemore (2 min., tripping)
17:57 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (2 min., high-sticking)

3rd Period
Goals

12:13 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (14) (Matt Moulson, Drew Stafford)
16:00 - CAR - Alexander Semin (15) (Andrej Sekera)
19:16 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (6) (Ryan Miller)

Penalties
1:42 - BUF - Matt D'Agostini (2 min., holding)
5:46 - CAR - Riley Nash (2 min., hooking)

Goaltending
CAR - Cam Ward (16 saves, 18 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (36 saves, 38 shots)

Power Plays
CAR - 0 for 5
BUF - 1 for 3

Three Stars
1.) BUF - Ryan Miller (36 saves, 2 A)
2.) BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 G, 0 A)
3.) BUF - Tyler Ennis (1 G, 0 A)


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