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Sabres outlast Flames 2-1 in shootout

by John Kreiser /

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

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