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Live from Sabres at San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- I'm not going to complain because it's been a great day in San Francisco/San Jose, but really ... middle of Silicon Valley and Internet takes 30 minutes to work?

Anyway the game's already started so ...

FIRST PERIOD

10:44 p.m.: It's 0-0 with 16:20 left and the Sabres are about to kill a Shaone Morrisonn interference call. Same lineup as last two games, with Nathan Gerbe and Chris Butler scratched. Craig Rivet is the seventh defenseman.

10:46 p.m.: Morrisonn draws one with 14:49 to go, as Torrey Mitchell goes for tripping.

10:50 p.m.: Sabres get 12 seconds of a five-on-three as Joe Thornton goes for hooking.

10:51 p.m.: It's back to five-on-four for the Sabres, who got the second power play with 13 minutes left.

10:52 p.m.: The Sharks' Logan Couture almost scores short-handed with 12:08 left after streaking toward Ryan Miller, who makes the save. The power play is over, though, as Drew Stafford was called for hooking on the odd-man situation. It'll be four-on-four for 1:09 when they come back from commercial.

10:53 p.m.: While the penalties are getting killed so far, one thing that didn't get killed today was my wallet, surprisingly. The San Francisco Giants are one of only two sports teams I like (the University of Michigan is the other), and I figured I'd spend a ton at AT&T Park today. Nope. No good sales, but got five cool World Series champs things nonetheless.

10:56 p.m.: Active end-to-end sequence with the Sharks' Antero Niittymaki making a pad save on Andrej Sekera, and Tyler Myers sweeping away a Patrick Marleau poke chance that was headed toward the Buffalo net with 10:35 to go.

10:58 p.m.: Ryane Clowe, who was mad at his team this week and blasted its effort, takes out a lot of frustration on Mike Weber. Clowe obliterated him in the one-sided fight with 9:40 left, with Weber skating to the penalty box with a bloody mouth and jersey. Weber did better against George Parros of Anaheim recently, and he lost that one, too, so you can imagine how bad this one was.

11:01 p.m.: Tyler Ennis keeps his stick out of the way this time as Luke Adam scores to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead with 9:17 left. Niittymaki makes pad save on Cody McCormick blast, and Adam backhands the rebound home from the slot.

11:05 p.m.: Miller makes a nice blocker save on Jamal Mayers with 5:52 left to keep it 1-0.

11:06 p.m.: Last commercial comes with Sabres holding a 1-0 lead and 10-8 shot edge with 4:54 to go. So did the usuals in San Fran (walked Golden Gate Bridge, stopped for some quick Dungeness crab in Fisherman's Wharf), but also made a trip to somewhere new -- the aptly named Grand View Park. If you get the chance, go. It's high atop a hill in the middle of the area, and you look down at downtown on the right, the Golden Gate straight ahead and the Pacific Ocean on the left. Awesome.

11:08 p.m.: Rivet raps one off the post with 4:47 left.

11:11 p.m.: It's 11:11 -- make a wish. If you wished for Jochen Hecht to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead with 3:24 to go, nice job. Hecht comes off the right boards to the slot, shoots past a diving Niclas Wallin and past Niittymaki.

11:14 p.m.: Steve Montador gets called for high-sticking with 1:56 to go.

11:15 p.m.: The power play lasts just 16 seconds as Dan Boyle gets whistled for holding the stick with 1:40 left. It's four-on-four again.

11:18 p.m.: The Sabres head to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead, as both teams have 12 shots.

SECOND PERIOD

11:35 p.m.: The teams are back, and after 20 seconds they are both back at full strength.

11:38 p.m.: The Sabres, faced with a tired fivesome on an icing, call timeout with 17:52 to go.

11:40 p.m.: Boyle trips his buddy Mike Grier with 17:13 left to give the Sabres another power play.

11:42 p.m.: The Sabres strike again to take a 3-0 lead with 16:29 to go. It's similar to the power-play goal from last game, with Jordan Leopold feeding Drew Stafford along the goal line, and Stafford quickly finding Thomas Vanek at the top of the crease for the goal.

11:51 p.m.: A longgggggggggggggggggg run without a whistle finds the Sabres still up, 3-0, with 8:58 to go. The spirited run got the fans going. Miller made a nice blocker save on Benn Ferriero alone in front with 11:25 to go, and he also stymied nemesis Dany Heatley with 9:35 left.

11:57 p.m.: It's starting to get cold in here, but we'll be Phoenix in the morning! There's 7 minutes left.

12:02 p.m.: The final commercial comes with 3:22 left and Hecht headed to the box for interference. It's still 3-0, with the Sharks holding a 23-17 shot edge.

12:07 p.m.: Sabres kill the penalty.

12:10 p.m.: Sharks exit to boos and a 3-0 deficit. They do have a 25-17 shot edge, not that it matters so far.

THIRD PERIOD

12:27 a.m.: The Sabres are 10-1 when leading after two periods. Game on.

12:32 p.m.: Sellout crowd of 17,562 cheers as Mike Grier heads to box for delay of game with 16:51 left. Miller immediately stones Heatley again.

12:36 p.m.: Grier sits the whole two minutes as the Sabres kill the penalty.

12:40 p.m.: Niittymaki stops Vanek's blast with 9:45 left to keep it 3-0. Again, few whistles as teams are flying.

12:45 p.m.: Miller's best performance since his back-to-back shutouts in early December has the Sabres 5:34 away from a 3-0 victory.

12:55 p.m.: The Sabres, who despite getting outshot played well from start to finish, run their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) with a 3-0 victory.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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