Try as they did, the Anaheim Ducks
couldn't break through in the third period and the Buffalo Sabres
came away with a 4-1 win at Hartwall Areena.
The Ducks outshot the Sabres 11-0 in the final period, but few of those were "Grade A" chances. Anaheim hit the post twice, but other than one floater through traffic, Ryan Miller
was solid in making 29 saves.
After the game, Buffalo captain Jason Pominville
and Miller praised the team's effort in its own end, particularly in the third. Thomas Vanek
said he might feel that stick in the back he took as he scored the first goal, but those types of hits are worth it when the goal light goes on.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle
felt his team played well at times, but lost the battle on special teams and in front of the nets. Buffalo found a couple of rebounds, but Carlyle also said poor defensive positioning played a role. He didn't fault goalie Jonas Hiller
for any of the goals, though he assumed the Swiss netminder would want Pominville's goal back.
It is on to Stockholm for the Ducks now, while the Sabres are off to Berlin. Expect a role reversal for both clubs -- Anaheim will now be the "visiting" team in the home country of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
when they play the New York Rangers
, while Buffalo can expect more support in Germany against the Los Angeles Kings
, with Christian Ehrhoff
in the lineup.