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Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils Recap FEB 23TH 2021

Pavel Zacha scored the go-ahead goal on the power play in the third period, and Cory Schneider made a season-high 45 saves as the host New Jersey Devils skated to a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday in Newark, N.J.

Blake Coleman also scored with the man advantage, and Miles Wood added an empty-net goal for the Devils, who have won two in a row after losing 10 of their previous 12 (2-9-1).

Schneider has turned aside 79 of 81 shots to defeat Buffalo in both encounters this season. The 33-year-old's lone blemish on Monday came in unconventional fashion, as Sam Reinhart scored from center ice in the first period.

Top overall pick Rasmus Dahlin set up Reinhart's 20th goal to extend his assist streak to four games. Linus Ullmark turned aside 18 shots for the Sabres, who have dropped 16 of their last 19 games overall (3-14-2) and 12 consecutive road contests (0-10-2).

After Buffalo outshot New Jersey by a 14-5 margin in a scoreless second period, the Devils gained a 2-1 lead when Zacha's wrist shot from the left circle eluded Ullmark at 4:30 of the third. Zacha's goal was his 12th of the season and gave him points in three straight games since returning from a concussion.

Reinhart appeared to forge a tie just 1:54 later after cleaning up a rebound from the left doorstep, but New Jersey successfully challenged that Evan Rodrigues interfered with Schneider prior to the goal.

The Devils opened the scoring by converting on their first power-play attempt after going 0-for-13 with the man advantage in their previous five games. Coleman worked his way out of the corner and gained a step on Buffalo defenseman Marco Scandella before tucking the puck between the pads of Ullmark at 1:55 of the first period.

Buffalo answered 5 1/2 minutes later, as Reinhart wristed a shot from center ice that saw the puck bounce and skip over the pad but under the glove of Schneider.

Schneider did his best to atone for the flub, making six saves on one Sabres power play midway into the second period. He also recorded a sliding stop at the right post to deny Buffalo captain Jack Eichel in his bid for his 100th career goal.

--Field Level Media


The Buffalo Sabres will try to bounce back from what coach Ralph Krueger called their toughest loss of the season when they begin a home-and-home set with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J.

The last-place Sabres missed a chance to move into a tie for seventh with the Devils in the East Division on Monday night when they dropped a 3-2 decision to the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders' Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:52 to go in regulation.

Buffalo, which had snapped a four-game losing streak with 3-2 victory at New Jersey on Saturday behind a pair of goals by Sam Reinhart, had battled back to tie the Islanders earlier in the third period on Reinhart's power-play score. The Sabres finished with a 36-23 edge in shots on goal.

"It's going to be a painful trip back over to New Jersey here tonight," Krueger said postgame. "The best thing about this situation right now is to go right back at it tomorrow. But, I have to tell you, this is probably the most painful loss of the season for the way we were actually able to neutralize them, create opportunity. But to come out on the short end of the stick again, we have to be responsible for that."

Buffalo is just 1-4-0 since a two-week stoppage for COVID-19. However, even that turned out to be a painful win for the Sabres, who learned Monday that defenseman Jake McCabe would be sidelined six to eight months due to a right knee injury sustained in the contest.

"It's important that we stick together here," Krueger said. "That is a real important thing, that we don't come apart at the seams because of the losses. As painful as they've been, against the Islanders especially, we had a shot in every game. ... Above all, we've got to stick together as a group here and fight our way out of this."

The Devils had a day off to lick their wounds after a tough 4-3 loss at Washington on Sunday afternoon. New Jersey blew a 2-0 lead as the Capitals scored four consecutive goals, including three on the power play over a 24-minute stretch.

T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal on a power-play at the 11:53 mark of the third period to give Washington its first lead of the game, 3-2. Alex Ovechkin followed with another power-play goal five minutes later to give the Capitals a two-goal edge. Nikita Gusev scored with 12 seconds left to cut the gap to 4-3, but Washington's Nic Dowd won the ensuing faceoff and the Devils never got another shot on goal.

"I think if you look at it, the difference in the game was special teams," New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said, noting New Jersey was 1-for-3 on the power play while the Capitals were 3-for-4. "We've got all the personnel we need. I think there was some good stuff I saw on the power play. We scored a goal. We did some good stuff for periods of time on the penalty killing, but then we had the crucial breakdown which really hurt us."

The two teams will also play again on Thursday night in Buffalo. The Sabres have won two of the three previous meetings this season.

--Field Level Media

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Last Meetings

  • Devils @ Sabres 4-3
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  • Sabres @ Devils 3-2
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  • Devils @ Sabres 3-4
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Boston Bruins125226 5-0-17-0-46052L15-0-4
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Ottawa Senators816117 5-0-63-0-106795L16-0-4
Detroit Red Wings716317 4-0-63-0-105487L33-0-6
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Western Conference

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Washington Capitals135228 7-0-36-0-27570L17-0-2
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Last Injuries

New Jersey Devils

  • Ryan Murray

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Murray has sat out the previous four games due to an upper-body injury, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup Saturday versus the Rangers.

  • Nico Hischier

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hischier has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to a sinus fracture and a concussion. It is unclear how long he will be debilitated.

  • Ryan Murray

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Murray missed the previous three games due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will face the Capitals on Sunday.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Linus Ullmark

    Lower Body
    Late March | I-R

    Ullmark is on the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, and he is not excepted to return until late March.

  • William Borgen

    Late April | I-R

    Borgen has been designated for the injured reserve list, and he is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a right forearm fracture.

  • Jack Eichel

    Lower Body
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Eichel has missed the previous game with a lower-body injury, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup Sunday versus the Flyers.

  • Jake McCabe

    out for season | I-R

    McCabe has wound up on the injured reserve list with injuries to his ACL and MCL in his right knee. He will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

  • Rasmus Ristolainen

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Ristolainen has sat out the previous four games due to a undisclosed issue, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup Saturday versus the Flyers.

  • Tobias Rieder

    Prob Sat | probable

    Rieder has missed the previous two games with a shoulder injury, but he is likely to play against the Flyers on Saturday.

  • Jake McCabe

    Ques Mon | questionable

    McCabe is dealing with a leg injury, and it is unknown if he will be available Monday Versus the Islanders.