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.
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