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Avalanche 2, Sabres 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 2, Sabres 1, SO
Buffalo Sabres 1, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Ryan Smyth, Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski scored shootout goals for Colorado, and goalie Peter Budaj stopped Clarke MacArthur on Buffalo's last chance in the shootout to give the Avalanche a 2-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday night.

Ales Kotalik and Derek Roy scored shootout goals for the Sabres.

Budaj made 29 saves for the Avs, who have won five straight after losing their first three games.

Sabres forward Daniel Paille and Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold scored in regulation.

Ryan Miller, who brought a 5-0-0 record and a 1.74 goals-against average into the game, stopped 28 shots for Buffalo. At 6-0-2, the Sabres are still unbeaten in regulation.

Miller strengthened his stats with a strong performance against the Avalanche, who was averaging an NHL-best four goals a game coming in.

Miller withstood a hard charge for most of the third period, and his best stop came when he made a diving glove save on Hejduk on a Colorado power play early in the third period.

Later in the third, he made a left pad save on David Jones, who was alone in front of the net after a faceoff in the Buffalo zone.

A few minutes later, Leopold tied the game when his shot from the point went off of two Sabres players and past Miller with 6:24 left in regulation.

The Avalanche controlled the play early in the second period, producing three scoring chances and their first power-play opportunity of the night.

Colorado couldn't cash in on the advantage, but Paille did a few minutes after the Sabres killed off Clark MacArthur's slashing penalty. Paille redirected a pass from Toni Lydman that trickled through the legs of Budaj midway through the game.

Notes: Sabres D Henrik Tallinder suffered a lower back injury in the first period and did not return. ... Avalanche C Paul Stastny failed to register a point for the first time this season. His seven-game point streak to start the year was the longest by an Avalanche player since 1999-2000 (Joe Sakic, 8 games).

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Daniel Paille (1) ASST: Toni Lydman (4), Clarke MacArthur (2)
1 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
Jordan Leopold (2) ASST: Milan Hejduk (3), Ryan Smyth (3)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
1M. HejdukA. Kotalik
2J. SakicD. Stafford
3W. WolskiD. Roy
4M. SvatosT. Vanek
5R. SmythC. MacArthur
penalty summary
1st Period
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Andrew Peters
Andrew Peters  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Thomas Vanek
2nd Period
Clarke MacArthur  Holding against  Wojtek Wolski
3rd Period
Andrej Sekera  Holding against  David Jones
John-Michael Liles  Slashing against  Derek Roy
OT Period
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 29TOI: 65:00
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
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