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Sharks roll into meeting with Miller, Sabres with 7-3 victory over Flyers

By John Vogl

If tonight is indeed Ryan Miller's final game in Buffalo as a member of the Sabres, he's going out with a big test.

The San Jose Sharks arrived after putting up seven goals Thursday night against the Flyers. Joe Pavelski had a hat trick in the 7-3 win in Philadelphia, while Raffi Torres and Logan Couture scored two goals each. San Jose is 4-1 in its last five games.

Miller, expected to be traded before Wednesday's deadline, has reflected on his growth during his 12 seasons in Buffalo. His teammates, meanwhile, are trying to play and not worry about an imminent dismantling of the roster.

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Report: NHL stands by ref's call of no OT goal for Sharks against Sabres

By John Vogl

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks feel they beat the Sabres in overtime Tuesday night. The standings and the NHL tell a different story.

The Sharks did indeed push the puck over the goal line during the 5-4 shootout loss to Buffalo, and defenseman Tyler Myers quickly kicked it back out. Referee Mike Leggo blew the whistle and signaled no goal. Officials in Toronto didn't notice the puck went in until after play resumed, which was too late to change anything.

The NHL told Elliotte Friedman of CBC that the goal didn't count because of Rule 78.5, which in part reads a goal is disallowed "when the referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle."

"Had we called a goal against Buffalo it would have been wrong because it shouldn't have been a goal," Mike Murphy, NHL senior vice president of hockey operations, told Friedman. "We should have done the headsets because any controversy would have died. This type of play is not a rarity.

"The optics would have been better if we got him to put on the headset and asked what he was seeing."

Click the picture to see the play.


Sabres unveil 'The Rolston Centipede' during win over Sharks

By John Vogl

SJC -- Good morning from the San Jose airport, where I'll soon join the happy Sabres in Los Angeles. The Sabres have had only three wins this season, but Tuesday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Sharks was no doubt Buffalo's signature victory.

The Sabres, who’ve toppled at the slightest of breezes all season, stood toe-to-toe with an NHL hurricane. Buffalo and San Jose traded roundhouse blows and devastating counterpunches, a fight the Sabres had yet to deliver and one San Jose certainly could not have expected.

The Sabres have every right to find enjoyment in the success.

The game wasn't without its low points for Buffalo. The Sabres allowed 51 shots, the most in Ryan Miller's career. And their defensive work leaves a lot to be desired.

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Sabres' Rolston on Sharks: 'This is the deepest lineup we'll face'

By John Vogl

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There may not be a more lopsided matchup in the NHL than what's on tap tonight. Here are some numbers as the 10-1-3 San Jose Sharks prepare to host the 2-13-1 Sabres:

*The Sharks average 3.7 goals per game and allow 1.8. The Sabres score 1.6 and give up 3.1.

*The Sharks have a 19-8 scoring edge in first periods. The Sabres have been outscored, 20-2.

*The Sharks average 37.4 shots per game and allow 24.8. The Sabres take 24.8 and give up 35.5.

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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.

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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