NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Buffalo
(Wednesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Buffalo 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville each scored in the shootout, and the Buffalo Sabres edged the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at HSBC Arena.
After a scoreless first round, Hecht avoided a Martin Brodeur poke check and slid the puck into the net past the sprawled-out netminder. After Ryan Miller stopped Jamie Langenbrunner's shot, Pominville ripped a shot past Brodeur glove-side for the game-winner.
"I was just trying to get out of the way," Hecht said of his goal. "After that, I pretty much had an empty net. (Brodeur) committed early, but I wasn't really surprised. I just got to keep my head up, and wait for him to make the first move."
Adam Mair scored in regulation for the Sabres, who had lost five straight shootouts but extended their home point streak to 11 games (8-0-3). Ryan Miller made 39 stops in regulation and overtime before stopping two more in the shootout.
The Sabres avoided losing five in a row for the first time since November 14-22 of last season.
Brian Rolston tallied for the Devils, who had won six of seven shootouts this season. Martin Brodeur allowed one goal on 31 shots before stopping just 1- of-3 shots in the shootout.
"I thought our team played hard tonight," Rolston said. "We're having a hard time scoring right now, and we're not getting enough power plays. Our power play hasn't been clicking, either, but those are things that kind of go in cycles. So we have to be happy about the effort; obviously, you're not happy that we lost."
The Devils outshot the Sabres, 15-9, in the opening period, but Buffalo notched the frame's only tally with 5:46 left.
The Sabres had two players stationed in front of Brodeur to act as screens, and Nathan Paetsch sent a cross-ice feed to Derek Roy in the slot. Roy fired a wrister that deflected off Mair in front for his second goal in as many games.
New Jersey was finally able to solve Miller and tie the game in the second period. With 5:09 to play, Johnny Oduya fired a lengthy feed to Rolston from behind his own net to near the opposing blue line. Rolston skated in and pumped a slapshot from the top of the left circle past Miller for a 1-1 game.
Brodeur made 10 stops in the second period to keep the game tied heading into the third.
The remainder of the game proved to be a defensive battle, as each goaltender made 12 saves en route to a scoreless third period and overtime.
Buffalo's Tim Connolly had a 16-game point streak snapped. It was the longest active streak in the NHL...New Jersey has scored just eight goals in its last six games...Buffalo improved to 17-5-5 at home, while the Devils fell to 17-8-2 on the road...The Sabres lead the season series, 2-1...Buffalo has not lost at home in regulation since losing to the Devils on December 7.
01/28 00:08:57 ET