Miller Lifts Sabres to 3-2 Overtime Win in Edmonton; Buffalo Snaps Two-Game Skid

EDMONTON — Colin Miller scored in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Miller took a feed through the crease from Marcus Johansson to score 1:13 into OT. Jack Eichel picked up an assist on the play to extend his point streak to 13 games.

Jack Eichel Buffalo Sabres
Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Kyle Okposo and Johan Larsson also scored as the Sabres (14-11-6) snapped a two-game losing skid.

Riley Sheahan and Joakim Nygard responded for the Oilers (18-10-4), who have lost four of their last six games.

Okposo tipped a Marco Scandella shot past Edmonton goalie Mike Smith four minutes into the first period to open scoring for Buffalo.

Larsson picked up a big rebound in front seven minutes and put it five-hole on Smith for this third of the season and a 2-0 Sabres lead.

Johan Larsson Buffalo Sabres
Johan Larsson, Buffalo Sabres (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Edmonton got a goal back eight-and-a-half minutes into the second period as Nygard sent Sheahan in on a breakaway and he sent his first goal of the season while snapping a 30-game goalless streak by tucking the puck through the legs of Sabres starter Linus Ullmark.

Nygard tipped his second NHL goal in off a shot by Darnell Nurse to tie it in the dying seconds of a power play near the 16-minute mark of the middle period.

A scoreless third period sent the game to overtime.

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday as the Oilers close out a four-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes and the Sabres return home to take on the St. Louis Blues.

Notes: It was the first of two games this season between the Oilers and the Sabres, with the second contest taking place on Jan. 2 in Buffalo… Forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian returned to the lineup for Edmonton, with Nugent-Hopkins missing six games with a hand injury and Kassian out for three games with a bad back… The game marked the return of Sabres head coach Ralph Kreuger to Edmonton. Kreuger coached the Oilers for the lockout-shortened 2013 season, before famously being fired over Skype and replaced by Dallas Eakins… Matt Benning (head) remained out for the Oilers while the Buffalo injury list included Matt Hunwick (neck), Vladimir Sobotka (knee), Tage Thompson (upper body) and Rasmus Dahlin (concussion).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2019.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press