ANAHEIM, Calif. —
The Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks are on the outside looking in as far as the playoff picture is concerned, and each team has the odds stacked against them despite some world-class goaltenders on their sides.
Ryan Miller outplayed Jonas Hiller to earn his fourth shutout of the season, making 20 of his 43 saves in the third period and leading the Sabres to a 2-0 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.
"Miller played outstanding. Their team played well and he played really well," Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We were right in there, hitting posts, getting pucks to the net and crashing the net hard. He did a great job keeping them out, as did their defense. We know he is one of the best goalies in the league. Tonight was one of those nights we couldn't get one past him."
Miller's shutout was the 26th of his career. The 2010 Vezina Trophy winner has started 18 consecutive games, and has allowed fewer than three goals in 10 of them. This was the third time this season he has made at least 40 saves.
"Teams get desperate in the third period and they start to pinch (along the boards), and it's hard to get out of your zone. But we tried to help each other out and were able to battle through it," Miller said. "I was trying to be really calm in the crease. It helps that we had a lot of great back pressure and the D was able to stand some guys up, so I don't feel like I had to challenge the rush plays too much. I can read what's coming, and all I had to do was step out and attack."
Derek Roy scored on a power play and Brad Boyes also had a goal and Christian Ehrhoff had two assists for the Sabres, who are 9-3-3 since Jan. 24 and five points out of a playoff spot.