BUFFALO (WKBW) It was a mixture of emotions inside First Niagara Center Saturday night. It was the season finale, the last game of the season, and fan appreciation night. It was also the culmination of a disappointing season, with the future of the team's stars up in the air. Either way, fans were sent home with a win.
The Sabres topped the playoff bound New York Islanders 2-1 in a shootout, but the headlines of the night came from the goaltender and one of the forwards. Ryan Miller started his 500th NHL game, all with the Sabres. Whether this would be Miller's last game with the team is still to be determined. It was the last game for Jochen Hecht, who announced he was retiring.
Brian Flynn tallied a goal, along with a Thomas Vanek shootout goal. Miller was strong in net, stopping John Tavares in the shootout.
The Sabres finish the year at 21-21-6, out of the playoffs. Locker cleanout is Saturday. Stay with Eyewitness News for full coverage of the Sabres as they head into the offseason.