It was easily one of the worst games the Sabres have played all season but Ryan Miller was outstanding in guiding the Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The Sabres have been on the opposite end of games like this all season so it was good to see them come out on top this time. The Islanders outshot Buffalo by a 43-17 margin but Ryan Miller made 42 saves in the victory.
The Sabres opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Derek Roy. Roy had his initial shot blocked but fired the rebound by Dipietro who could not slide across in time to make the save. Roy left the game late in the first with what is being termed an "upper body injury". The Islanders finally solved Miller early in the third period on a shot by Brendan Witt that Miller couldn't get is glove on. Freddy Meyer went to the box for high-sticking Daniel Paille with 4:17 remaining to give Buffalo a late opportunity. After a great penalty kill by the Islanders Max Afinogenov scored just as the penalty expired to give Buffalo the 2-1 lead. Mike Sillinger backed off of Brian Campbell who skated into the faceoff circle and fired a cross ice pass to Afinogenov on the final goal. The Islanders had one final chance on the power play when Thomas Vanek was called for hooking with 34 seconds left but the Sabres killed it off to hold on.
The win could prove to be a costly one for the Sabres who lost Roy in the first period and Tim Connolly left the game in the second period. There is no word yet on the severity of the injuries but the Sabres can ill afford to lose two of their best players for any significant amount of time. They will be back in action on Friday against Martin Biron, Daniel Briere and the Philadelphia Flyers.