According to some news reports, Ryan Miller came to the rink yesterday with a chip on his shoulder. After Miller's third shutout of the season, stopping all 40 LA Kings shots, the chip needs to stay.
Miller's effort was helped along by a Sabres team that had their sniper rifles sited in nicely. Derek Roy began the scoring for the Sabres in the first period, banking a shot off the back of Jason LaBarbera's leg. The Kings out-shot the Sabres 13-6 in the first.
The second period saw the Kings out-shoot the Sabres 12-8, but Adam Mair's fourth goal of the season from behind LaBarbera, and Clarke MacArthur's wrist shot, put the Sabres up by three goals to end the period.
Angola native Patrick Kaleta, who just missed Denis Gauthier with a huge bodycheck, was subsequently sucker-punched in the face by Gauthier.
Kaleta stayed on the ice for a few seconds, then left the game and did not return. He began to have the same symptoms (not being able to see) he had when he missed seven games due to a head and neck injury.
The third period again saw the Kings out-shoot the Sabres, this time 15-9, but again the Sabres managed to put two more on the board. Drew Stafford's backhand found its way in the net, and Matt Ellis got one up and over LaBarbera to finish off the scoring. Ellis' goal was his first of the season.
Along with Matt Ellis, Chris Butler was called up from Portland for the game. Paul Gaustad missed the game with an upper-body injury. Nathan Paetsch was a healthy scratch for the game.
The Sabres left right after the game for Montreal, where they will play the Canadiens tonight, a 7:00 pm start at the Bell Centre.