BUFFALO — Christian Ehrhoff scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 44 seconds left, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night in the NHL’s first game after its Olympic break.
Ryan Miller played a key role in stopping the first 20 shots he faced and 36 overall in what might be the star goalie’s final game in Buffalo before the league’s trade deadline March 5. Miller also assisted on both of Ehrhoff’s goals, while Drew Stafford also had two assists.
Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo, which snapped a four-game skid, and won for only the third time in its past 14 games (3-8-3).
Eric Staal and Alexander Semin scored for the Hurricanes, who lost to Buffalo in regulation for the first time in seven meetings, dating to a 1-0 loss at Carolina on Nov. 18. 2011.
The teams got an early start coming out of the NHL’s two-week break. The game was originally scheduled to be played Jan. 9, but postponed after a blizzard hit Buffalo.
Miller showed no signs of jet lag despite returning to Buffalo on Monday after traveling from the Sochi Games, where he served as the United States backup to Los Angeles’s Jonathan Quick. Miller appeared in only one game in Russia, a 5-1 preliminary round win over Slovenia Feb. 16.
For Miller, this might be one of his last appearances for Buffalo. Before the game, general manager Tim Murray said he’s shopping the 11-year veteran with the intention of dealing Miller before the NHL trade deadline.