Devils snap skid with SO win over Sabres

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Updated: March 8, 2013

Patrik Elias tied the game late in regulation
and scored in the shootout, as the New Jersey Devils snapped a six-game losing
streak with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential
Center.

Brian Flynn’s first NHL goal gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead midway through the
third period.

New Jersey fought back, however, and pulled even just as goaltender Johan
Hedberg went to the bench for an extra skater. Buffalo’s Jhonas Enroth kicked
out David Clarkson’s long shot, but Elias buried the rebound with 1:06
remaining.

Enroth, making his first start since Feb. 5, was injured on the tying goal.

Ryan Miller took over between the pipes and Clarkson beat him with a
backhander to begin the second round of the shootout. After Buffalo captain
Jason Pominville missed the net, Elias sealed it with a great deke to the
forehand.

Hedberg made 23 saves to end a personal 0-6-1 stretch.

Enroth had 27 saves before muscle cramps forced his departure.

The Sabres are 0-1-2 since topping New Jersey in a shootout last Saturday.

“I like the way our team’s competing right now,” Sabres interim head coach Ron
Rolston said. “If we continue to do that we’re going to win hockey games.”

Buffalo got on the board via the power play in the second period. Tyler Ennis
emerged from a board battle with possession of the puck and fed Thomas Vanek
for a one-timer in the slot at the 7:56 mark.

The Sabres seemed to be on their way to collecting two points when Flynn lit
the lamp at 9:56 of the third.

However, moments after the tally, Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff went to
the penalty box for holding. The Devils struck on the subsequent power play,
as Adam Henrique retrieved the puck after his initial shot was blocked and
beat Enroth glove side with 6:30 left.

“The guys kept battling. We didn’t panic,” Henrique said.

Game Notes

The Devils last lost seven in row Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 1986 … Four of Buffalo’s
last five games have been decided in a shootout.