Buffalo came into this game coming off a big win against the Blue Jackets 5-0 and Miller gaining his first shutout of the season.
The first two meetings between the two squads were split. Buffalo winning 2-1 and then dropping the 2nd meeting in Buffalo 4-2. This time, there was no scoring in 65 minutes of action, meaning that Ryan Miller and Brian Elliot each recorded a shutout, regardless of the result.
Going into the shootout, shot totals were nearly even, Ottawa edging Buffalo by one shot, 32-31. Buffalo gained five of those shots in the extra frame, gaining multiple opportunities to win it, but Elliot stuffed every shot.
After the 65 minutes, the usual shootout followed, with the first three shooters (Kovalev, Pominville, Alfredsson), then Thomas Vanek, who had a team high of five shots buried a slap-shot from just outside the slot to beat Elliot blocker side to give Buffalo the shootout lead. Jason Spezza was the third shooter for the Senators, lost control of the puck and Miller making the simple save; giving the Sabres the victory.
Ryan Miller made back to back shutouts, giving him two on the season. He now has nine wins on the year with a .922 Save % and a 2.26 goals against average.
The Sabres improved to 3-0 in shootouts this season and moved into tenth place in the Eastern Conference, but remain six points out of the eighth spot.
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