The Sabres do something on Friday night that they haven't done since October 23rd, defeat a team in regulation. The Sabres defeated the Kings 4-2 in another comeback that actually saw the team take control of the game in the third period. Goal scorers for the Sabres were Sekera, Connolly, Vanek, and Hecht while scorers for the Kings were Brown and Simmonds.
With the way the first period had gone, it looked that the Sabres were going to be outclassed all game as the Kings took a 1-0 lead and had outshot the Sabres 12-6. The Sabres came out though and scored their first tying goal 37 seconds into the first period from Andrej Sekera. From that point, the team looked like they had settled down through the next two periods. The Kings would take the lead again in the second period off a bad giveaway by Tyler Ennis, but the Sabres recovered from that with the first of two power play goals on the night by Thomas Vanek.
The third period was all Sabres as they held the Kings without a shot for the first 10 minutes of the period and took their first lead of the night with a power play goal from Tim Connolly. Jochen Hecht put away the game with a shot from the slot with four minutes left in the game.
The star of the night was Ryan Miller who kept the Sabres in the game when the Kings were manhandling the Sabres early. Miller finished the night with 34 saves and a .944 save percentage and looked like the Ryan Miller of old that the Sabres have missed in the last few weeks.
Defenseman Craig Rivet returned to the lineup playing with Shaone Morrisonn and both players ended up with 10:50 minutes of ice time. Rivet didn't necessarily impress with this play as he took a hooking penalty in his first shift on ice and was on the ice for both of the Kings goals. Rivet may be the captain in the lineup, but with players like Chris Butler and Mike Weber still sitting, it may be time to just put Rivet out for the season.
The Sabres don't have it easy as they face a revitalized Tampa Bay Lightning team on Saturday night at home. If you missed the game, the highlights are below.