BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — Ryan Miller made 40 saves to
record his third shutout of the season and Derek Roy had a goal
and two assists as the Buffalo Sabres cruised to a 5-0 triumph
over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.
Drew Stafford netted a goal and set up another and Adam Mair,
Clarke MacArthur and Matt Ellis also scored for the Sabres, who
have won five of their last seven games.
Miller turned aside 13 shots in the first period, 12 more in the
next and 15 in the third to complete his 10th career blanking.
“Ryan (Miller) was there for every shot,” Buffalo coach Lindy
Ruff said. “That might be as good as he’s looked all year, and
he made a lot of it look easy. It tells you that he was in the
right place all night.”
“Sometimes you have to have a little edge in your game,” Miller
added. “I don’t know if I’ve had it for long enough. You get
to the point where you’re mad enough at yourself and confident
enough in your game that you can go out and play. It’s an
interesting spot to be.”
After failing to convert a one-timer from defenseman Toni
Lydman, Roy picked up the loose puck off the end boards. Roy
then fired the puck at Jason LaBarbera from behind the goalline
and it bounced off the Kings’ goaltender and into the net.
“You have to have some luck,” Ruff said. “We got some good
bounces and that’s part of the game too. We put ourselves in
position to get the opportunities.”
Roy’s 10th goal of the season gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead with 3:55
remaining in the opening session.
“We happened to get a couple of good bounces,” Roy said. “We
worked hard to get in front of the net and got rewarded for a
couple of goals. We worked as a team and stuck around the net.”
Playing in his first NHL game, defenseman Chris Butler tallied
his first career point when he assisted Adam Mair’s goal, which
extended the Sabres’ advantage to 2-0 at the 2:33 mark of the
Ellis notched his first goal of the season to provide the final
margin. He beat Jonathan Quick, who replaced LaBarbera in the
final session, with a wraparound with 5:27 left.
LaBarbera turned aside 10 shots and Quick stopped seven for the
Kings, who were shutout for the fifth time this season and
handed their third straight loss.
“I liked the way we approached things,” Los Angeles coach Terry
Murray said. “We hung in there with our effort, with our mental
toughness, with our puck movement, with our team play.
We have to find a way to put pucks in the net.”