It took defenseman Colin Miller 24 games to earn his first goal as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, but it really couldn't have come at a better time. Miller scored the overtime winner in Buffalo's 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday at Rogers Place.
The first overtime goal of Miller's career, the tally came with 3:47 remaining in the extra period.
Kyle Okposo and Johan Larsson also scored for Buffalo while Linus Ullmark made 26 saves.
The Sabres wrap up their three-game road trip with three points and a 1-1-1 record.
The Sabres led 2-0 early after overcoming some very early pressure from Edmonton. At the 4:08 mark of the first period, Okposo deflected in a Marco Scandella slap shot, giving him goals in back-to-back games. Then with 9:17 left in the opening period, Larsson jumped on a rebound and scored his third of the year just after the Sabres were able to transition an Oilers opportunity back up the ice.
Edmonton matched Buffalo's two-goal first period with a pair of goals of their own in the second. Riley Sheahan scored to make it 2-1 at 8:25 of the second period when he collected a long stretch pass from the Edmonton blue line and score on a breakaway.
Then with 4:03 remaining in the second, Joakim Nygard set up one half of a double screen and redirected a shot from Darnell Nurse into the back of the net on the power play.
Oilers captain Connor McDavid started the third period off with two great chances against Ullmark, including one off the crossbar. And with 6:58 left, Leon Draisaitl hit post.
In the overtime period, Marcus Johansson was able to find Miller with a feed through the Edmonton goal crease. Along the left post, Miller was able to gather the puck and put it past Mike Smith to give Buffalo the extra point.
What it means
Buffalo's record on the season is now 14-11-6 and 6-8-3 on the road.
The Sabres also improve to 4-6 in overtime and were able to rebound from their 6-5 overtime loss on Saturday in Vancouver.
With the secondary assist on Miller's goal, Jack Eichel extended his point streak to 13 games. He has 10 goals and 23 points during the league's longest active point streak that began on Nov. 16.
Buffalo is now 14-7-4 against the Pacific Division since the beginning of last season, including a 4-2-3 record in 2019-20. The Sabres are 27-40-11 all-time against the Oilers, but are now 12-6-1 against Edmonton since 2005-06 and 5-2-0 against them in the last three seasons.
Roll the highlight film
Let's look at Miller's goal:
Video: BUF@EDM: Miller buries OT winner
The Sabres host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at KeyBank Center.
Then it's Aud Night on Thursday when Buffalo plays Nashville. Throughout the night, the team will honor their original home, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, as well as the 1980s.