Sabres' Colin Miller steps up to give the Sabres a .500 road trip

December 08, 2019 - 11:18 pm

(WGR 550) - It was back-to-back games in Vancouver and Edmonton, but I thought the Sabres gutted out the overtime win over the Oilers on Sunday.

Buffalo got it started right scoring two goals in the first 10:43 of the game, but never scored again in regulation.

It looked like they were getting fatigued in the second period where the Oilers held a 12-4 shots advantage and tied the game.

In the third period the Oilers were content to keep the game in low gear and the shots were 6-6.

After Riley Sheahan went in on a breakaway and scored his first goal of the season in 27 games, I mentioned that despite it being a breakaway, I need my goaltender to make a big save for me on a guy who almost never scores.

Linus Ullmark did just that in the third period when Connor McDavid found himself alone in the slot and Ullmark made a huge glove save. It was really the only time McDavid was dangerous in the game.

McDavid played 25:23 in this game including the whole overtime and was minus-2 with four shots on goal. I thought Edmonton's leading scorer Leon Draisaitl was much more dangerous as he hit a post and almost scored on a wrap-around. Draisaitl played 24:59 and had three shots on goal.

The Sabres went to overtime knowing that they've picked up points in seven of nine games. I though Colin Miller played his best game since the Sabres were 8-1-1 and not because of what he did in overtime. I thought he was solid along the wall and in front of the Buffalo net.

In overtime Jack Eichel got the puck around the blue line. He found Marcus Johansson down low in the crease and Miller read the play beautifully and was stationed at the other post. Johansson fed the puck over and Miller had his first goal as a Sabre. It also extended Eichel's points steak to 13 games.

Eichel has 10 points in eight games against McDavid while McDavid has eight points in eight games against Eichel.

The Sabres are 4-2-3 in their last nine games which has them one point behind Florida for second place in the Atlantic Division. Montreal and Toronto are two points behind the Sabres and Tampa Bay is three.

St. Louis has a two point lead for first place in the Central Division and are in Buffalo Tuesday for a 7:35 faceoff.

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