Roy, Sabres hand Rangers another road defeat

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — Derek Roy recorded a goal and two
assists to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 victory over the New
York Rangers on Saturday.

Daniel Paille, Andrej Sekera and Jochen Hecht also scored for

The Sabres suffered a bad break despite the win as goaltender
Ryan Miller left the game two minutes into the third period
after being tripped up behind the net by New York center Scott
Gomez. Miller, who stopped all 20 shots he faced, limped off
favoring his left leg and did not return.

“It’s stiff, it’s an ankle sprain. We took some x-rays, those
didn’t show anything,” Miller said. “These are things you have
to feel out. There’s no timetable. It’s your comfort level.
Right now I just want to get through the night, to the morning,
and see how my body reacts.

“I haven’t seen the replay. I know Scott personally. I don’t
think he would ever come in and try and injure me especially
when I’m not facing the play. Some of the guys say he may have
lost an edge. The referee said he lost an edge. He’s not that
kind of guy.”

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff saw things differently.

“I don’t think there’s any secret it was deliberate,” Ruff said.
“They wanted to disrupt us. We put in a cold goaltender to face
a power play.”

Markus Naslund and Nigel Dawes scored for the Rangers. Both
tallies were against Patrick Lalime, who made 11 saves after
replacing Miller.

For the Rangers it was just more of the same old road woes.

New York is mired in an eight-game road losing streak and is
just 2-7-2 in its last 11 games overall. The Rangers have not
won on the road since a 3-2 triumph at Chicago in mid-January,
going 0-7-1 in that span.

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Roy assisted on Buffalo’s first two goals and then he added a
tally of his own in the second period as the Sabres opened up a
3-0 lead.

“It’s a big one for us. We let one slip away against Carolina.
We responded tonight at home,” Roy said. “I thought it was a big
game, a desperate team, a really good team with good
goaltending. I thought we played a sound game, we buried our

Paille opened the scoring just over four minutes into the game
when he got his stick on a centering pass from Roy. Sekera
doubled the advantage less than three minutes when he scored off
a drop pass from Roy, beating Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundvist
over his right shoulder.

“I just stepped on the ice and Derek (Roy) took a pass from
Butler, had his head up the whole way, made some nice moves, got
him thinking,” Paille said. “I just went to the net and shot
five hole.”

Roy made it 3-0 with a power-play goal in the third period and
Jochen Hecht added a goal in the final session that made it 4-1.

“We get scored on and then we don’t play the way we should
play,” Lundqvist said. “We try things that are not there and get
a little panic. We play a lot better when we’re relaxed, more
confidence. One goal can change so much.”