NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at New Jersey
(Tuesday, January 8th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1 (SO)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout, and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves as New Jersey topped Buffalo, 2-1, at the Prudential Center.
The first two shooters for both sides missed, before Ales Kotalik beat Brodeur with a backhander that he lifted over the netminder's stick.
Gionta countered with his goal, and after Brodeur made a stick save on Thomas Vanek, Elias swung wide coming out of the neutral zone, and from between the circles beat Ryan Miller with a hard wrister that rang off the inside of the left post.
Andrew Greene had the only tally in regulation for the Devils, who have won three of four. Brodeur also improved to 6-1-0 in his last seven starts overall, and 9-1-0 in his last 10 home starts against Buffalo.
Miller made 29 saves and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres, who have lost seven straight to mark their longest skid since a six-game slide from March 18-27, 2006.
"You want to stay within two, three four points...right now we're not doing a very good job of it," said Vanek. "We earned a point tonight, which was good, but we've got to start winning games."
The Devils jumped on the board courtesy of a power-play goal with 3:37 remaining in the first period. Elias was the catalyst to the goal, as he slid a pass to Greene from the right circle that was easily one-timed over the blocker of Miller.
Both sides then combined for 14 shots in the middle stanza, with Brodeur stopping nine and Miller turning aside just five Devils' chances.
Buffalo tied it up with 1:47 left in the contest, after Clarke MacAarthur took a pass in the neutral zone, sped down the left wing and dished cross-crease to Pominville, who knocked it past a diving Brodeur.
"It's gonna happen when you have a one-goal lead," said Brodeur, of the team not panicking after the Sabres tied the game. "Sometimes they'll make a play that's gonna make a difference and they did - off of a rush from almost 180 feet. It was a tough one, but everybody regrouped real well and we stayed composed - and thank God for shootouts."
The Devils have won five straight and 10 of 11 on home ice...These teams meet again Saturday in Buffalo...Miller is just 2-7-1 in 10 starts versus New Jersey...There were only four penalties in the contest. The Devils managed a power-play goal on three chances, while Buffalo was turned away during its lone chance on the man-advantage.
01/08 23:50:58 ET