SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Lindy Ruff is thrilled his 500th win came during a convincing 3-0 win over San Jose, one in which the Sabres showed they can be a really good team when they play from start to finish.
"That might be one of our best games of the year in all-out compete level," said Ruff, who became the 16th coach to get halfway to 1,000. "It means I’ve had a lot of good players to get to that point. To get 500 with [General Manager Darcy Regier] at the same time and be with one organization, the organization I grew up playing in is special."
Ryan Miller was at his best since early December, but he credited the team for his third shutout of the season.
"We had a nice night," he said. "No real odd-man rushes, no tough chances on their power play. They had a few looks, but when you have help around you, I can commit to my reads and it turns into a night when our zone is a little more organized."
The Sabres are 3-0-1 in their past four games and head to Phoenix to play the Coyotes on Saturday.
"I think we’ve played pretty well for the last four or five games," Rob Niedermayer said. "It was pretty complete efforts. We’ve just got to keep pushing like this and give ourselves a chance every night."