Buffalo-New York (Recap): Miller Plays Like Superstar, Leads Sabres to Win

Ted GioiaContributor IJanuary 10, 2009

The surging Sabres won again Friday night in an impressive 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers

However, The Sabres looked sluggish early in the game and the Rangers scored late in the first to evaporate the Sabres chances of getting out of the sluggish start free of charge. 

Early in the second it looked to be the same story except Miller kept them in it with some phenomenal saves and then Derek Roy tied the game midway through the period.  The goal seemed to give the Sabres a spark as they started to pick up the shot total and Miller continued to make great saves, leading to a 2-1 shootout win. 

The Sabres have now won four in a row and are in the midst of the playoff rush, tied for seventh.  They have clearly been playing better hockey since the new year and have turned things up right before the All-Star Break. 

It is clear that each player is now playing like they need to win each game, and their have been great efforts shown from first year Sabre Matt Ellis, Derek Roy, and Paul Gaustad. 

The play of Gaustad is really impressing a lot of people while his huge hits are not only gaining momentum for the team, but also setting up goals.  Although Buffalo may have been having a very inconsistent season so far which seems to go win one lose won, look for The Sabres to keep these winning ways due to the hard work of the whole team.