Buffalo Sabres Need To Build On Momentum From First Win

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It may have taken eight games, but the Buffalo Sabres finally got a win. The Sabres trailed the New York Islanders three times on Tuesday night, but were able to come back and tie up the score each time. For a team that hasn’t shown much life in the early weeks of the season, this was a great win and something the team can build on. Ryan Miller turned in one of his best performances of the season, turning aside 41 shots in regulation and overtime and stopping two of three shooters in the shootout. Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno got their first goals of the season for an offense that ranks last in the league in scoring. Thomas Vanek netted his third goal of the young season, which is another promising sign for the Sabres.

Miller is still the type of goalie that can give the Sabres a chance to win on any night he starts in goal, and on Tuesday it was nice to see him get the offensive support he deserves. Six of the eight teams the Sabres have faced this season were playoff teams last season, and six of their games have been decided by one-goal margins. No one expects the Sabres to be a playoff contender as they continue with a rebuilding effort, but they have shown that they can make things interesting against some of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Now that the offense has shown signs of life, they would be well-served to start working on improving a power play that only has three goals in 29 chances this season.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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