Sabres stay hot at home with big win over Devils
On Saturday, blue and gold fans had a fun time at First Niagara Center seeing their Sabres 2-1 over the New Jersey Devils. This was Buffalo’s fifth straight win at home, with a 6-0-1 record in their last seven home games. Both goals that night came on powerplays, the first by Matt Moulson at the tail end of the second period, and the second by Matt D’Agostini in the second half of the third period.
D’Agostini was recalled from the Rochester Americans prior to the new year. This was his first goal of the season. After the game he told reporters he’s been focusing on working hard and skating hard and it felt good to contribute on the score sheet.
Another new face on the team was pleased with the game’s result. Zenon Konopka was picked up off waivers from the Minnesota Wild. Konopka is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and was excited to be back home.
— Zenon Konopka (@ZenonKonopka) January 5, 2014
After the game, he said he was blown away by the atmosphere in his first game as a Sabre and marveled at Ryan Miller’s excellence.
As for that excellence, Ryan Miller made 21 saves that night including an incredible 2-on-0 shorthanded goal. The Buffalo Sabres organization’s twitter account tweeted after the game
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 5, 2014
Miller was named to the USA Olympic Hockey team on New Years Day, along with Jonathan Quick and Jimmy Howard. Miller and Quick were both on the 2010 Olympic Silver Medal team.
In a postgame interview, Miller said “It was a good effort, now we need to keep building.
the Sabres look for a sixth straight Tuesday at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. Catch the game locally on MSG-B, or follow their twitter account, @BuffaloSabres for the play-by-play