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Miller put on a show.

Early into the second period, he got a piece of Faulk’s snap shot from the left circle, and then recovered in time to turn aside Manny Malhotra’s attempt to convert the rebound in front.

Miller had Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner looking up to the rafters and shaking his head midway through the second period. That reaction came after Skinner got off a hard shot from the right circle on a partial break, only to have Miller snag it with his glove.

“We had a lot of chances,” said Staal, who beat Miller through the legs on a 2-on-1 break. “When it’s a close game, you have to be able to bury them. And tonight, Miller made a lot of good saves.”

Following the game, Miller spent time surrounded by fans at the penalty box, where he took part in a television interview. He then got a cheer from the few remaining fans inside the arena as he headed to the locker room about 10 minutes after the game ended.

Whatever might happen over the next week, Miller has enjoyed his 12 years in Buffalo.

“I love this area. The fans have always been great,” he said. “If it happens that I’m traded, I’m preparing to play somewhere else. It all just comes to it’s going to be hockey.”

NOTES: Sabres LW Matt Moulson (upper body) returned to the Sabres‘ lineup after missing four games before the break. Also back was Buffalo C Cody McCormick, who missed 24 games with an upper-body injury. … Buffalo also snapped an eight game home losing streak, during which it had gone 0-5-3. … As a result of the rescheduled game, the Hurricanes opened a five-game road trip, their longest of the season.