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Sabres outlast Flames 2-1 in shootout

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Sabres outlast Flames 2-1 in shootout
Calgary Flames 1, Buffalo Sabres 2

Ryan Miller showed the Calgary Flames why he's the NHL's best goaltender right now.

Miller won a goaltending duel with Miikka Kiprusoff when Jason Pominville scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory on Friday night, snapping Calgary's winning streak at four games.

Miller, whose 1.75 goals-against average leads the NHL, stopped Rene Bourque for the win after Pominville beat Kiprusoff with a wrist shot between the legs.

"They're two elite goalies and two of the best in the league," Pominville said. "They both made big saves. That's what you expect when you play guys like (Kiprusoff), and that's what we expect in Ryan as well. He's been huge for us all season, and it's only the start. I can't wait to see what it's like later on."

After Buffalo's Derek Roy scored in the second round of the shootout, Calgary's Olli Jokinen countered to send the shootout to an extra round and set up Pominville's winner.

"He was taking the glove side away," Pominville said of Kiprusoff, who had an 0.99 GAA during the four-game winning streak. "He put his glove pretty high, so five-hole was the shot to go. It ended up working."

Roy scored in regulation for the Sabres (11-4-1), who won for the seventh time in 10 home games this season and improved to 5-0-0 against Western Conference teams. Buffalo and New Jersey have both allowed a league-low 35 goals.

"I think any goalie in the League, if he's playing good hockey, it's probably because his team is playing with a strong sense of awareness," Miller said. "It's not just that I feel good in the net, it's because the guys are giving me the opportunity to make smart reads."

After Daymond Langkow scored 64 seconds into the game for Calgary and Roy tied it with 3:06 left in the first period, the goaltenders matched save for save the rest of the way.

"It was a close game," said Kiprusoff, who finished with 32 saves. "They came hard from the first period, but in the second and third we played better. They were just better in the shootout."

Calgary (11-4-2) lost for the first time on the road in a month. The Flames have lost their last seven games in Buffalo.

"It was physical, and it was a fun game to be a part of," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "We were looking forward to this challenge to keep our string going because the Sabres have a good record. Unfortunately it didn't end the way we wanted it to."

Langkow got his sixth of the season by finishing off Nigel Dawes' pass for an early 1-0 lead. Roy tied it with a power-play goal. swatting a rolling puck with a backhander over a sprawled Kiprusoff.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
01:04
CGY
Daymond Langkow (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Nigel Dawes (7), Rene Bourque (13)
1 - 0 CGY
16:54
BUF
PPG - Derek Roy (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Clarke MacArthur (4), Thomas Vanek (4)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFCGYTOTAL
1T. Connolly
N. Dawes
0 - 0
2D. Roy
O. Jokinen
1 - 1
3T. Myers
J. Iginla
1 - 1
4J. Pominville
R. Bourque
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
05:02
BUF
Adam Mair  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
05:02
CGY
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Mair
09:14
CGY
Adam Pardy  Hooking against  Jochen Hecht
11:54
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jarome Iginla
11:54
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Patrick Kaleta
16:36
CGY
Brandon Prust  Holding the stick against  Drew Stafford
2nd Period
01:35
BUF
Craig Rivet  Hi-sticking against  Eric Nystrom
04:13
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Interference against  Craig Conroy
07:23
BUF
Tyler Myers  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
12:52
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Jochen Hecht
17:19
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Fighting (maj) against  Dion Phaneuf
17:19
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Gaustad
3rd Period
06:04
BUF
Craig Rivet  Boarding against  Fredrik Sjostrom
10:16
BUF
Adam Mair  Roughing against  Adam Pardy
10:16
CGY
Adam Pardy  Roughing against  Adam Mair
OT Period
02:29
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Tripping against  Tyler Myers
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
Saves: 32EV: 30 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .970SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 26TOI: 64:54
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .962SH: 3 - 3