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San Jose 2; Buffalo 2 (OT)

Jan. 17, 2003 at 7:01 AM   |   Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots Thursday night, including 17 over the final 25 minutes, in a 2-2 tie between Buffalo and San Jose.

The tie allowed the Sabres to remain unbeaten on a four-game road trip.

Miller, a 22-year-old rookie, made 22 saves Tuesday in his first shutout at Minnesota. He was perfect over the first two periods against the Sharks, who exploded in the third and challenged relentlessly in overtime.

San Jose rallied for a 2-1 lead as rookie Jonathan Cheechoo and Patrick Marleau scored 87 seconds apart early in the third.

Buffalo's Chris Gratton tied it at 10:36 when he one-timed a pass from defenseman Dmitri Kalinin past the stick side of goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Miller preserved the tie in regulation and faced five shots in the extra period. He stopped a slapper by defenseman Dan McGillis with just over two minutes remaining, and turned away Cheechoo twice in the final 90 seconds.

Buffalo moved to 2


1-0 on the road trip after San Jose's Vincent Damphousse put a shot off the crossbar just before time expired.

Nabokov stopped 23 shots and also produced impressive saves in the extra session. He made diving stops on Miroslav Satan and Alexei Zhitnik in the final two minutes, and caught a break when another shot by Satan hit the post.

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