Niagara Gazette


November 10, 2006

Biron steps in for injured Miller


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Martin Biron's $2.1 million salary looked a little smaller on Friday.

With the news that Ryan Miller strained a lower-body muscle, the insurance policy that is Biron kicked in.

Of course, the role isn't new for Biron — the eighth-year pro played plenty last year in Miller's absence, winning 21 of 31 starts.

And while Ryan Miller is listed first on the depth chart, Biron has slightly outplayed him through the season's first month. Entering Friday's game, Biron was 3-0-0 with a 2.61 goal against average and a .913 save percentage.

Miller is 9-1-1 with a 2.64 GAA and an identical .913 save percentage.

No official word on when Miller might return to the lineup, although Biron is expected to again get the start when the Sabres travel to Philadelphia tonight (7 p.m., MSG).


Chris Gratton, who was dealt from the Sabres for Daniel Briere in 2003, missed the game because his wife had a baby.

Gratton has four points in 16 games this season. With two assists on Friday, Briere has a team-leading 21 points in 15 games.


Vanek lit the lamp twice and was named the game’s first star. He now has 10 goals and improved to plus-15 despite getting stopped on a penalty shot by Alex Auld in the second period. He also took a team-high six shots in the win.

Of his last goal, where Vanek was alone in front of the net, and wrapped a beautiful shot around Auld, Lindy Ruff said, “you can’t teach that.

Seven out of 10 guys would have shot that, but he handled it. He’s really had a good start to this year.”


Florida’s Gary Roberts appeared unhappy with the call that gave the Sabres their final power play and was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a misconduct and a gross misconduct following the game.

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