The Buffalo Sabres were 26th on the power play and 22nd on the penalty kill heading into Friday night's game against the Maple Leafs. Now they are 25th and 21st and have their first shorthanded goal of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ryan Miller returned after missing the last two games with a groin injury and was the star of the game making 35 saves including an impressive save on Phil Kessel in the first period. For most of the game, Miller seemed confident in net and made the saves the team needed to give the Sabres the win. With the long layover after the Canadiens game on Saturday, expect to see Miller against the Canadiens as well.
Jordon Leopold and Thomas Vanek scored two power play goals in the first period and Patrick Kaleta scored the shorthanded goal in the third period. Phil Kessel scored a shorthanded goal in the third period to give the Leafs their lone goal. For a team that has struggled on the power play overall and especially at home, the Sabres converted on two of their four chances.
Besides scoring the shorthanded goal, Kaleta set the tone early in the game with a great hit on Nikolai Kulemin in the first period which led to a Kaleta/Schenn fight. 36 seconds later, Colton Orr started mixing it up with Paul Gaustad after Gaustad had a questionable hit on Phil Kessel. Orr was given a rare six minutes for roughing which led to both Sabres power play goals.
The Sabres travel to Montreal for a showdown with the Canadiens on Hockey Night in Canada. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday. For those that missed the game, here are the highlights.