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 one.
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