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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey vs. Buffalo



(Wednesday, November 12th)

Final Score: New Jersey 2, Buffalo 2

Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Maxim Afinogenov scored in the third period and Martin Biron stopped a breakaway shot with 90 seconds left in overtime to help Buffalo salvage a 2-2 tie with New Jersey at Blue Cross Arena.

Biron finished with 33 saves and Chris Taylor also posted a goal for the Sabres, who have one win in their last five games (1-2-2).

Jeff Friesen and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Devils, who are unbeaten in their last seven (5-0-2) overall. They remain unbeaten in their last seven (4-0-3) against Buffalo and are 2-0-12 in 14 overtime games all-time against Buffalo. Martin Brodeur turned away 26 shots.

Rochester hosted its first-ever NHL game. The city last hosted a game involving one of the four major professional sports leagues February. 5, 1960, when the NBA's Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia Warriors played in the same building.

Sabres owner Tom Golisano, a native of Rochester, was also hoping to increase regional interest in the team.

Langenbrunner's shorthanded goal put New Jersey ahead 2-1 in the third. He swooped in and converted a rebound, in the low slot with 8:07 left in the period.

Afinogenov forced a 2-2 tie for the Sabres 1:21 later. Alexei Zhitnik slid the puck between two defenders to Afinogenov, who beat Brodeur with a high shot.

In the overtime, Biron stopped a shot by Devils forward Scott Niedermayer on a breakaway with 1:30 remaining.

The Sabres held a 12-7 shot advantage during a scoreless first period. However, New Jersey had the best scoring chance, a one-timer by Niedermayer midway through first period. But Biron made the save.

Buffalo went ahead 1-0 at 6:15 of the first period. Andy Delmore took a shot from the right wing. The rebound came to Taylor, who scored from the low slot.

Friesen's fourth goal of the season, on a power play, forged a 1-1 tie for the Devils with 2:19 to go in the second period.

Stationed in the slot, Colin White gathered a rebound on a shot from the left point and slid a pass to Friesen, who scored after skating through the right faceoff circle.

Game Notes

Brodeur went eight periods on the road without allowing a goal...The Devils are unbeaten on the road this season (4-0-2)...Delmore's assist was his first with Buffalo, which killed off a two-man disadvantage in the second...The Sabres were 0-for-5 on the power play.

11/12 22:40:06 ET


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