NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Buffalo|
(Wednesday, February 6th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Henrik Tallinder and Drew Stafford scored in
the shootout, and the Buffalo Sabres earned a 3-2 win over the New Jersey
Devils at HSBC Arena.
Stafford beat Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur as the first shooter to give
Buffalo the edge, and Sabres netminder Ryan Miller blocked Zach Parise's
backhander wide right.
Tallinder then completely faked out Brodeur, causing the goaltender to skate
out of the crease and fall forward, while the Buffalo defenseman netted the
easy score. Miller stopped Brian Gionta's quick snap shot to seal the win.
"Every shootout can go either way. You have to bear down a little bit,"
Tallinder said. "It's good to have some new guys out there so the goalie
doesn't know every move."
Miller stopped 24 shots in regulation and overtime for Buffalo, which has won
two in a row. Jason Pominville and Michael Ryan had a goal apiece for the
Sabres, who beat the Devils for the first time in four meetings this season.
Mike Mottau and Karel Rachunek scored goals for New Jersey, which had a two-
game win streak ended.
Brodeur turned aside 20 shots in the loss for the Devils, who still picked up
a point on Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia, which lost to Washington on
Wednesday. Philadelphia is atop the division with 65 points, and New Jersey
now has 64.
"When you're down two and you battle back like that, we had some great scoring
opportunities late in the game and that's what you want to do," New Jersey
head coach Brent Sutter said. "You want to give yourself a chance to win and
we gave ourselves that and then it goes to a shootout. It's not two points,
but we'll take the point."
Ryan opened the scoring just 2:30 into the game, as he skated toward the net
from the left, and tipped in Tallinder's shot from the point.
Buffalo took a 2-0 lead on Pominville's 14th goal of the season, just more
than eight minutes into the second period. Daniel Paille threaded a pass from
the right circle across the top of the crease, and Pominville one-timed it in.
At the 15:25 mark of the same period, the Devils got on board as the result of
a rush. Gionta got the puck in the left circle, wheeled around with his back
to the net, and sent a pass to Rachunek at the inner edge of the right circle.
Rachunek fired off a quick shot, which beat Miller to bring the Devils within
New Jersey evened the game on a lucky bounce, 6:16 into the third. A New
Jersey shot was intended for a Devils player set up just to the left of the
crease. But before it could get there, Sabres defenseman Dmitri Kalinin
swatted it away.
Unfortunately for Buffalo, it was swatted right into the back of Miller's
legs, and bounced over the goal line. Mottau was credited with the goal.
Eight straight meetings between the teams have been decided by one goal...The
teams were 0-for-4 combined on power plays...The teams had a shot apiece in
overtime...Buffalo opened a three-game homestand, and hosts Boston on Friday.
02/06 23:27:58 ET