What's the saying? You win some and you lose some... And funny thing is, Sabres were not that good to deserve a win. I guess the same applies to Caps.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game with a minute left in overtime to provide the Buffalo Sabres their first home win of the season in beating the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night.
MIller's save on Ovechkin was a difference-maker, coming 15 minutes into the first. In alone from the right circle, Ovechkin drove in on Miller, who held his ground in the crease and kicked out his left pad just as the sniper attempted to stuff the puck inside the post.
"I was just happy to get it," Miller said. "He set himself up to make that hard forehand move that basically blows the goalie into the net. So I just tried to push as hard as I could into him."
Ovechkin failed to register a point to end an eight-game streak, in which he had five goals and 10 assists.
Miller also made two solid saves on bang-bang chances in the final minute of the first period, first stopping Tyler Sloan's point shot, and then getting across to hug the right post to prevent Marcus Johansson's shot from a bad angle.
Ruff remembered Miller's save on Ovechkin, describing it as a momentum changer, particularly with the Sabres already trailing 1-0.
"(It) was good for the team," Ruff said, "and it was good for Ryan at the same time."
Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, reacts after missing a breakaway shot on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Buffalo won in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
Ovechkin's stats after the first:
+1, total ice time 06:25, 6 shifts, average 01:04, PP 01:50, even 04:35, 1 shot on goal, 3 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 1 hit, 1 giveaway
total ice time 11:54, 14 shifts, average 00:51, PP 01:50, even 10:04, 1 shot on goal, 4 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 2 hits, 1 giveaway
total ice time 16:53, 20 shifts, average 00:50, PP 01:50, even 15:03, 1 shot on goal, 4 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 5 hits, 1 giveaway
-1, total ice time 17:38, 22 shifts, average 00:48, PP 01:50, even 15:48, 1 shot on goal, 4 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 5 hits, 1 giveaway