Miller sends ex-Buffalo mates to 14th straight loss

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After being shutout in back-to-back home games the Vancouver Canucks exploded for five goals Friday night defeating the lowly Buffalo Sabres 5-2.

With the win, the Canucks avoided losing a third straight game.

Buffalo has now lost 14 straight overall and 14 consecutive road contests.

Bo Horvat, Yannick Weber and Nick Bonino gave Vancouver a 3-1 lead.

Chris Stewart had both Buffalo goals.

Chris Higgins and Radim Vrbata added third period markers.

Ryan Miller made 20 saves for his first career win against Buffalo. He has now beaten all 30 teams.

Matt Hackett, who was making his first NHL appearance since April 12, 2014, stopped 33 shots in the loss.

Buffalo concluded the month of January with an 0-12-0 record. They have not won since a 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Islanders on Dec. 27. The Sabres last regulation win came on Dec. 11 against the Calgary Flames.

The Sabres last win away from home came Nov. 29 in Montreal. Buffalo’s next game is in Montreal on Tuesday.