GLENDALE, Ariz. - Ryan Miller made 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 on Saturday night.
Tim Connolly scored his fourth goal in three games, and Daniel Paille also scored. The Sabres who won for the fifth time in seven games. Connolly has seven goals and two assists in his last six games and nine goals in 16 games this season.
Phoenix lost its third straight since the all-star break - the last two by shutout - and slipped behind Anaheim into a four-way tie for seventh place in the Western Conference.
The Sabres scored twice in just over four minutes in the second period.
Ilya Bryzgalov appeared to stop Thomas Vanek's shot from the right side at 4:21 of the period, but the puck trickled into the crease behind the goalie's back. Connolly swept in from the left and chipped the puck in from just in front of the goal-line.
Paille made it 2-0 at 8:44 when he took a pass from Derek Roy to the right of the net and one-timed a shot into the upper left corner.
That was enough offence for Miller, who stopped 15 shots in the first period and 13 more the rest of the day for his first shutout since Dec. 19 against Los Angeles.
Notes: The Coyotes have not scored in their last 142:36. ... Buffalo had lost three straight to Phoenix dating to Jan. 18, 2003. ... Paille's goal was his first since Dec. 22. ... Phoenix right wing Peter Mueller missed his second straight game because of a concussion. ... Buffalo centre Adam Mair was scratched for the second straight game with a leg injury. ... Before the game, the Coyotes recalled centre Joel Perrault from San Antonio of the American Hockey League. Perrault, who has appeared in 80 career games with Phoenix and St. Louis, has eight goals and 21 assists in 20 games for the Rampage.