Buffalo 2, New Jersey 1

Saturday, January 4, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 17-18-2-6 8-6-1-4 9-12-1-2 L2
Buffalo 12-26-3-1 9-12-2-0 3-14-1-1 W1


Sabres 2, Devils 1: Matt D'Agostini scored a power-play goal to snap a tie with 8:11 remaining in the third period as Buffalo won its fifth consecutive home game.

Matt Moulson also tallied with the man advantage and Ryan Miller finished with 21 saves for the Sabres, who avenged a 1-0 loss to New Jersey on Nov. 30.

Michael Ryder scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal to match Jaromir Jagr with his team-leading 13th tally. Cory Schneider turned aside 20 shots for the Devils, who have dropped two in a row and four of their last six games (2-3-1).

With Dainius Zubrus serving an interference penalty, Buffalo seized a 2-1 lead as captain Steve Ott attempted to skate out from along the goal line but his shot was denied by Schneider. D'Agostini spotted the loose puck and shoveled it into the net for his first goal.

Moulson cleaned up a loose puck following Tyler Ennis' wraparound bid to open the scoring with 31 seconds remaining in the second period. The tally was Moulson's 14th of the season - with seven of his eight as a Sabre coming on home ice. After having an apparent goal whistled dead due to an injury, Ryder forged a 1-1 tie at 7:46 of the third as his shot from the left circle squirted inside the near post.

GAME NOTEBOOK: After playing a substantial role in the United States' silver medal-winning performance in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Miller received a rousing ovation from the Buffalo faithful in recognition of being named to the 2014 squad. ... New Jersey D Anton Volchenkov returned from injured reserve with what the team termed "full-body soreness," allowing the club to send rookie D Eric Gelinas to Albany of the American Hockey League. ... Buffalo C Zenon Konopka logged 10:44 of ice time, one day after being claimed off waivers. ... New Jersey veteran LW Patrik Elias sat out his second straight game after suffering an upper-body injury against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Buffalo
Michael Ryder 1 Points Matt D'Agostini 1
Michael Ryder 1 Goals Matt D'Agostini 1
Travis Zajac 1 Assists Christian Ehrhoff 1
Michael Ryder 1 Power Play Goals Matt D'Agostini 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cory Schneider .909 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .955
Cory Schneider 20 Saves Ryan Miller 21

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 22 1 1-4 3-5 15 37
Buffalo 22 2 2-5 3-4 13 32

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Carolina. The Sabres have a W/L % of .182 after a win and .323 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play its next game at home against Philadelphia. The Devils have a W/L % of .389 after a win and .400 after a loss.
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