12/08 22:23 CST Miller lifts Sabres to 3-2 overtime win over Oilers
Miller lifts Sabres to 3-2 overtime win over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) --- Colin Miller scored 1:13 into overtime to give the
Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.
Kyle Okposo and Johan Larsson also scored to help the Sabres snap a two-game
skid. Linus Ullmark stopped 26 shots.
Riley Sheahan and Joakim Nygard scored for the Oilers, who have lost four of
their last six games. Mike Smith finished with 19 saves.
In the extra period, Miller took a feed through the crease from Marcus
Johansson to score the winner. Jack Eichel picked up an assist on the play to
extend his point streak to 13 games.
Trailing 2-0 after one period, Edmonton pulled within one 8:25 into the second
as Nygard sent Sheahan in on a breakaway and he sent his first goal of the
season while snapping a 30-game goal-scoring drought by tucking the puck
through Ullmark's legs.
Nygard tipped his second NHL goal in off a shot by Darnell Nurse to tie it in
the waning seconds of a power play with 4:04 left in the middle period.
Okposo tipped Marco Scandella's shot past Mike Smith 4:08 into the first period
to open the scoring for Buffalo.
Larsson picked up a big rebound in front and put it five-hole on Smith for this
third of the season and a 2-0 Sabres lead with 9:17 left in the opening period.
NOTES: The teams meet again Jan. 2 at Buffalo. ... Forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
and Zack Kassian returned to the lineup for Edmonton, with Nugent-Hopkins
missing six games with a hand injury and Kassian out for three games with a bad
back. ... The game marked the return of Sabres coach Ralph Kreuger to Edmonton.
Kreuger coached the Oilers for the lockout-shortened 2013 season, before
famously being fired over Skype and replaced by Dallas Eakins. ... Matt Benning
(head) remained out for the Oilers while the Buffalo injury list included Matt
Hunwick (neck), Vladimir Sobotka (knee), Tage Thompson (upper body) and Rasmus
Sabres: Host St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Oilers: Host Carolina on Tuesday night to close a four-game homestand.
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