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February 25, 2014

Sabres win; Murray says team's shopping Miller

Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — Christian Ehrhoff scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 44 seconds left, in lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in the NHL's first game after its Olympic break.

Ryan Miller played a key role in stopping the first 20 shots he faced and 36 overall in what might be the star goalie's final game in Buffalo before the league's trade deadline on March 5. Miller also assisted on both of Ehrhoff's goals, while Drew Stafford also had two assists.

Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo, which snapped a four-game skid, and won for only the third time in its past 14 games (3-8-3).

Eric Staal and Alexander Semin scored for the Hurricanes, who lost to Buffalo in regulation for the first time in seven meetings, dating to a 1-0 loss at Carolina on Nov. 18. 2011.

Murray: Team intends to deal Miller

The Buffalo Sabres have had discussions to lift the interim tag from coach Ted Nolan's title. Goalie Ryan Miller's future in Buffalo beyond next week appears less certain.

That's the update general manager Tim Murray provided Tuesday evening during a news conference in the press box before the Sabres game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Murray revealed he's had discussions with Nolan about keeping him on as the team's full-time coach.

"We're along that path," Murray said. "We have discussed the possibility of moving forward. That's all I'll say."

Nolan is back for a second stint in Buffalo after being hired as the team's interim coach in November, when coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier were fired. The changes were made after the Sabres got off to a franchise-worst 4-15-1 start.

The Sabres remain in last place in the NHL standings, but have shown marked improvement under Nolan, who has gone 11-19-7.

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