New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 17-16-2-1 9-9-2-1 8-7-0-0 L1
New Jersey 20-15-0-1 9-6-0-1 11-9-0-0 W1


Petr Sykora scored two goals and Patrik Elias reached 500 career assists with a pair of helpers as the New Jersey Devils posted a 3-1 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Captain Zach Parise added his 12th tally of the season and Martin Brodeur made 22 saves for the Devils, who held an opponent below three goals for the first time in five games.

Brodeur began an odd-man rush with a long pass out to Elias in first period. Elias dropped it off to Sykora, who fired a wrister from the slot that trickled past Ryan Miller and across the line at the 9:52 mark.

Elias set up Sykora again 1:26 into the second period, when he stole the puck in the Buffalo zone and found the veteran right wing streaking down the slot. It was Sykora’s 10th tally of the season.

Elias now has 848 career points in parts of 16 seasons - all with New Jersey.

Defenseman Mark Fayne blasted a shot from the point that Parise redirected to make it 3-0 just over five minutes later.

The Sabres would get one back on Thomas Vanek’s power-play tally, but Brodeur held the fort from there.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   New Jersey
Thomas Vanek 1 Points Petr Sykora 2
Thomas Vanek 1 Goals Petr Sykora 2
Jordan Leopold 1 Assists Patrik Elias 2
Thomas Vanek 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .870 Save Percentage Martin Brodeur .957
Ryan Miller 20 Saves Martin Brodeur 22

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 23 1 1-4 2-2 26 23
New Jersey 23 3 0-2 3-4 30 21

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Devils have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Washington. The Sabres have a W/L % of .353 after a win and .579 after a loss.
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