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November 12, 2013

Home sweet win for the Sabres

Buffalo beats visiting L.A. in a shootout, 3-2.

BUFFALO —

Cody Hodgson scored two goals and Ryan Miller made 43 saves as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night to avoid matching the worst home start in NHL history.

Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout for the Sabres (4-15-1) and Miller stopped both Los Angeles shooters. Buffalo was winless in its first nine home games, one short of the NHL record set by Pittsburgh in 1983-84.

Justin Williams and Dwight King scored in regulation for the Kings (11-7-0), who had won their previous two games.

Despite the loss, Los Angeles was the dominant team and controlled most of the play. The Kings outshot the Sabres 45-17 for the game, holding a 15-4 advantage after one period and 30-7 after two.

Miller impressed in the matchup of American Olympic hopeful goaltenders, though Jonathan Quick wasn't tested much until the third period and left the game with 1:20 to go in overtime with an injury.

Ben Scrivens played the remainder of the game, stopping one of three Sabres in the shootout.

The Kings scored just over a minute into the game when Justin Williams' shot deflected off Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk, beating Miller low and right.

The Sabres didn't register their first shot until 5:22 into the game, a moment met with one of the many jeers from the crowd.

Buffalo trailed 1-0 after the first period, continuing a trend that's seen the Sabres outscored 27-3 this season in the opening 20 minutes.

Hodgson tied the game in the second period off pass from Steve Ott and then gave the Sabres their first lead since Nov. 5 when he tipped home a pass from Ville Leino. The power-play goal was Buffalo's first in its last nine attempts.

King forced overtime with 3:34 to play when he found a rebound in the crease and shot it past Miller. The Sabres nearly found a game-winner with under a minute to play when Ott found a streaking Moulson, who tapped the puck off the outside of the net.

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