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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Buffalo

(Saturday, December 15th)

Final Score: Buffalo 3, Chicago 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller made 26 saves and Drew Stafford scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period in Buffalo's 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville also scored for the Sabres, who have won three in a row overall and are unbeaten in the last four meetings with the Blackhawks.

Derek Roy had a pair of assists in the win.

Chicago's last trip to Buffalo ended in a 1-1 tie on December 13, 2002. However, this was Buffalo's first win at home over Chicago since October 5, 2000.

Patrick Kane had the lone goal for Chicago, which has dropped five of its last six games. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 20 shots in defeat.

Stafford lit the lamp at 10:18 of the second, taking a loose puck in the left circle, twisting around before firing a shot past a screened Khabibulin to put the Sabres up, 2-1.

Buffalo killed off a two-minute disadvantage later in the second after Andrej Sekera took a slashing penalty. Miller turned aside 12 shots in the middle period.

The Sabres were again a man short midway through the third when Nathan Paetsch was whistled off for tripping, but they killed the penalty.

Miller made a good stop on Tuomo Ruutu with nearly six minutes remaining. Chicago came through with a flurry of shots with under two minutes left, but most notably Duncan Keith's blast from above the left circle was turned away by Miller.

The Blackhawks pulled Khabibulin with over a minute left, but Pominville sealed the win with an empty-net tally with 46.3 seconds left.

Kane scored 2:35 into the contest on a shot from the inside edge of the right circle.

The Sabres tied the game at 2:52 of the second on the power play, as Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien took a hooking penalty. Roy passed the puck from below the right circle to Vanek, who scored on a shot from the slot, but not before being knocked down by Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews.

Game Notes

The Sabres moved two games over .500 (16-14-1) for the first time all season...Chicago went 0-for-7 on the power play, while Buffalo was 1-for-5.

12/15 21:55:44 ET

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