Sabres 3, Kings 2 (SO)

Mark Ludwiczak, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Goaltender Ryan Miller made 43 saves and stopped both Los Angeles attempts in the shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.
Left winger Matt Moulson scored the winning goal for the Sabres in the shootout. Center Tyler Ennis also scored in the shootout.
Center Cody Hodgson scored two goals for Buffalo, which picked up its first home victory of the season. With the win, the Sabres (4-15-1) avoided becoming only the second team in NHL history to lose their first 10 home games of the season.
It was an improbable win for the Sabres, who were dominated by Los Angeles and outshot 45-17.
Right winger Justin Williams and defenseman Dwight King scored for Los Angeles (11-6-1).
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who made 14 saves, left the game with a lower-body injury with 1:20 remaining in overtime. He was replaced by Ben Scrivens, who was not tested with a shot prior to saving just one of three attempts in the shootout.
King tied the game at 2-2 with 3:34 remaining in regulation by slamming home a rebound in front of the Buffalo net.
Hodgson gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead with his second of the night 4:26 into the third period on the power play. Moulson's pass deflected off Sabres left winger Tyler Ennis at the top of the crease and fell to Hodgson, who tapped in his second goal of the night.
The Kings jumped out to a 1-0 lead 77 seconds into the game on a fortuitous bounce. Williams' shot from the point ricocheted off Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk and took a sharp turn into the Buffalo net at 1:17. The Kings' lead was well deserved, though. Los Angeles outshot Buffalo by a 15-4 margin in the first period.
Los Angeles' dominance continued throughout the second period, with the Kings outshooting the Sabres by a 27-5 margin 12 minutes into the second. That's when the Sabres tied the game at 1-1 against the flow of play. Hodgson redirected center Steve Ott's pass past Quick for his sixth goal of the year 12:46 into the period. Los Angeles ended the period with a 30-7 edge in shots.
The game showcased two goaltenders vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in February, Quick and Miller. Miller raised his stock with a tremendous showing. Quick turned in several quality saves despite getting limited opportunities.
NOTES: D Matt Greene, LW Kyle Clifford and C Jarret Stoll were scratched for the Kings. ... LW Johan Larsson, LW John Scott and D Nikita Zadorov were scratched for the Sabres. ... The Sabres wore camouflage jerseys during pregame warmups in honor of Veterans Day. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with all proceeds going to the non-profit Buffalo Sabres Foundation. ... This was the first time the teams met in Buffalo since Nov. 19, 2010. ... The Sabres are 11-1-1 in their past 12 home games against Los Angeles dating back to Dec. 17, 1993. ... The Kings defeated the Sabres on Nov. 7 in Los Angeles, 2-0.

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