Ryan Miller refused to let Hamilton pull away. All he needed was someone to get Rochester a couple of goals. Captain Chris Taylor came through.
Miller finished with 34 saves on 35 shots, and Taylor set up both Americans goals as Rochester beat Hamilton, 2-1, Friday in front of 5,817 in Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. The victory gave the Amerks a 2-0 lead in their opening series of the American Hockey League playoffs.
Miller allowed a goal by Chris Higgins just two minutes into the game, then was unbeatable. The Bulldogs took 22 shots over the final two periods but couldn't solve Miller again.
Taylor helped the Amerks tie the game 2:40 into the second period when he and Derek Roy assisted on Paul Gaustad's power-play goal. It was Gaustad's third goal of the series.
Taylor then picked up the lone assist eight minutes later when Thomas Vanek scored the game winner against Danis Yann, who faced 23 shots.
Linesman dies in crash
WESTON, Fla. -- NHL linesman Stephane Provost, 37, was killed early Friday when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a tractor trailer.
Around 3:30 a.m., Provost, a 10-year officiating veteran with the NHL, was traveling west on State Road 84 when he hit the rear of a semi, a Broward County Sheriff's report said.
The motorcycle burst into flames and fell on Provost, who was not wearing a helmet.