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Kane was able but so were Sabres

Kane_goal_2Patrick Kane Night couldn't have gone any better for Buffalo hockey fans: The Sabres beat the Blackhawks, 3-1, but the No. 1 draft pick from South Buffalo snapped his 13-game drought to score his team's only goal (left) and was the game's third star.

"It was a fun day," Kane said. "It was nice to get that goal out of the way and to come out for the third star to a good ovation. The support in Buffalo has been there all along. ... It was probably one of the best nights of my life, a night I'll definitely remember."

Kane got cheered from the time he stepped on the ice for warmups -- even when he got a first-period hooking penalty.

"The guy in the penalty box said that too: "You can't go wrong tonight," Kane said.

"I'm happy for him," said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. "It's awesome he's from Buffalo and is the first pick but I would have rather he scored in his next game."

The Sabres looked wrung out from four games in six nights and seven games in 11 nights. But goaltender Ryan Miller bailed them out with several key saves and the team produced just enough offense.

Now that he's come and gone, what did you think of Kane? And how about the continued strong play of Miller, who put together one of his first true "steals" of the season?

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)


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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

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