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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Dallas



(Thursday, January 24th)

Final Score: Buffalo 2, Dallas 1

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Derek Roy scored both Buffalo goals and Ryan Miller was sharp with 25 saves, as the Sabres finally captured a victory on the road and defeated the Dallas Stars, 2-1, at American Airlines Center.

Thomas Vanek notched a pair of assists for Buffalo, which snapped a two-game skid but won for only the second time in its last 14 games overall and in the process halted an eight-game road skid. The Sabres, who are tied with Toronto at the bottom of the Northeast Division, will resume play after the upcoming All-Star break when they travel to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

"I thought we played well in all areas tonight," said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff.

Stu Barnes netted the lone goal for the Stars, who head into the All-Star break with a 28-20-5 record and tied with San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division.

"It's frustrating to head into the break with a game like this," said Stars forward Mike Modano. "It's been a tough stretch for us, but I think some time off mentally will do us some good."

Marty Turco allowed two goals on 19 shots for Dallas, which dropped its second straight after a three-game winning streak.

The Sabres opened the scoring less than two minutes after the opening faceoff when Roy tallied his 17th goal of the season. Drew Stafford streaked down the left-wing side and sent a backhand pass into the goal mouth, where Roy redirected it home at the 1:51 mark.

"We needed a spark and got it early," said Roy. "It was a quick goal and it put them back on their heels."

The only goal of the middle session was scored by Barnes. Mattias Norstrom's pass from along the left half-wall near the outer rim of the circle made its way over two sticks and was perfectly placed for Barnes, who redirected the disc into the back of the cage from the right post. The eighth goal of the season for Barnes, which came with 2:52 remaining in the stanza, was also assisted by Matt Niskanen.

With 33 seconds to go before the second intermission, Vanek had a golden opportunity to put the Sabres back on top while Buffalo was skating on the power play, but he whiffed on an attempt from the left post with a wide open net in front of him.

Vanek, however, redeemed himself when he set up the game-winner 5:12 into the final stanza on a beautiful give-and-go with Roy. Skating down the right-wing side, Roy passed across the slot to the left side for Vanek, who drew Norstrom in and sent the puck back to Roy for a successful redirection at the right post.

Miller stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period, and the Sabres won on the road for the first time since a 6-5 shootout win on December 22 in Philadelphia.

"When you don't get quality scoring chances in the third period of a game like this, you have a problem," said Dallas head coach Dave Tippett. "We didn't have the urgency we needed and our margin for error is very slim. Losing is frustrating -- we all hate to lose."

Game Notes

This marked Miller's first career game against Dallas, which will resume play on Tuesday in Vancouver...Buffalo played in Dallas for the first time since March 31, 2003... The teams combined to go scoreless on 10 power-play chances, six of which were awarded to the Stars...Vanek now has 18 assists this season...Injured Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov will miss the All-Star Game, and teammate Mike Ribeiro will take his place...Blueliner Brian Campbell is the lone All-Star representative for Buffalo...Attendance was 18,532.

01/24 23:59:04 ET


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