'Miller made 28 saves on 29 shots, threw up yet another one goal game to earn his fifth victory in a row. Additionally he stoned Alfredsson, Heatley and Fisher in the shootout, not too bad at all!'
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'"That was a pretty good effort right from the start," Buffalo co-captain Chris Drury said. "We've come a long way. The beatings they put on us were the low point, but we responded and stuck together, and to come out with a game like that is pretty nice to see."'
'"I think Dom is still wondering what Thomas did on the first part of the move," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It froze him for a second, and it was a heckuva shot."'
'Saturday night at HSBC Arena, it was time for the Sabres to reaffirm how far they have come. They'd lost their all three of their meetings with the high-powered Ottawa Senators, having been smoked in the process. It would be hard to accept the Sabres as full-fledged Stanley Cup contenders until they proved they could handle what has been the division's elite team. Buffalo's 2-1 shootout victory exorcised the demon.'
'He has won virtually his entire life. He famously pitched his Trumbull, Conn., baseball team to the Little League World Series title. He won an NCAA hockey championship with Boston University as a freshman and the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top collegiate player as a senior. He was the NHL's rookie of the year in 1999. He hoisted a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 – the year the Sabres last reached the playoffs.'
‘Of course they love the Dominator here. You could tell that early on, just by the way about 17,451 of the 17,451 at HSBC Arena were chanting his name in unison after the first goal of the night slipped by him.’
‘”He’s such a good goalie that you have to do something different to beat him,” said Vanek, who also beat Hasek in a shootout in preseason. “There was a little bit of luck, but it still felt good.” “I don’t know if he surprised me,” Hasek said. “I went to make a butterfly stop and went down. He shot it top shelf and my glove wasn’t there. It was a goal scorer’s move.”‘
‘”I thought the way we’re playing now, as good as we’re playing, that we could equal them tonight,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “It really lays to rest the previous three games. We play with them, we can run with them. It was a great statement by our club.”‘
‘”That’s big for us”, Miller said. “We need to know we can play with that team. I knew we could from the way we’ve playing lately.”‘