NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Buffalo|
(Tuesday, April 1st)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Ville Leino scored in the ninth round of the
shootout to help the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on
Leino used a heavy wrister to Cory Schneider and Nathan Lieuwen made a right
pad save on Mike Sislo's backhand for the win.
"It was actually pretty awesome. I wanted to score for them and they gave me a
little extra effort there," said Leino. "I didn't know if there were going to
boo or cheer so I was pretty happy about that."
Tyler Ennis scored twice while Lieuwen grabbed his first NHL win thanks to
stopping 33 shots for the Sabres, who snapped a four-game slide.
New Jersey's shootout woes continue, as the team has dropped 15 straight
shootouts, with 11 coming this season.
"It is what it is, I don't have any comments on the shootout because we've
beat that to death," said New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer.
The Devils gave up a big point, as the team is three points back of Columbus
for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with just six games to
Dainius Zubrus and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Devils, who have lost three of
four. Schneider had 25 saves.
The first period went without a goal, but the Devils took a 1-0 lead at 8:16
of the second after Michael Ryder's pass from the right side to the left was
tipped in by Zubrus.
Buffalo, though, scored twice in the first five minutes of the third as Ennis
scored on wristers from the right side at 1:39 and 4:41, the latter coming on
a power play.
New Jersey tied the game at 6:58 of the third on the power play, when Andy
Greene's shot from the left point was tipped in by Ruutu for his seventh of
Buffalo plays its next three on the road, starting in St. Louis on Thursday
... New Jersey hosts Washington on Friday ... Buffalo took two of three from
New Jersey this season ... The Devils went 1-for-2 on the power play, while
the Sabres were 1-for-3.
04/02 01:13:19 ET