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October 17, 2013

Sabres slide continues with 3-0 loss to Canucks

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Niagara Gazette — The closest the Sabres came to scoring came 53 seconds into the third period when Thomas Vanek beat Luongo over his right shoulder. It was ruled a goal, but overturned when replays showed the puck hitting the crossbar and left post before rolling along the goal line.

"I thought it was in," Luongo said. "I was kinda cheating a little bit there. I thought he was going to bring it to his backhand and he ended up shooting. That one I probably deserved to get scored on, but it all evens out by the end of the year."

Luongo won a matchup of goaltenders from the gold-medal game at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Canada's Luongo beat the United States' Miller, who gave up the decisive goal to Sidney Crosby in overtime. Both are candidates to play for their countries at the games in Sochi, Russia, in February.

It was Vancouver's first win in four trips to Buffalo since Feb. 7, 2003.

Vancouver opened the scoring with 5:07 to play in the first. Cody McCormick gave the puck away in the slot and Higgins scored over Miller's left shoulder.

The Canucks doubled their advantage on an unusual short-handed goal. Jason Garrison's shot deflected off Mark Pysyk and Richardson used his backhand to tap the puck out of the air and past Miller. It was the Canucks' league-best third short-handed goal of the season.

Miller made 31 saves for the Sabres. He was in the locker room but, through a team spokesman, declined to speak to reporters.

Rolston raved about his goaltender.

"Oh, he played great again," Rolston said. "He was fabulous again for us. He's been our best player from the start."

It was the second time the Sabres have been shutout this season and the seventh time they scored one goal or fewer.

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