Buffalo (14-12-3) at New Jersey (16-8-2), 7:00 p.m. EST
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — It appears the New Jersey Devils
are finding more ways to win without their four-time Vezina
Trophy-winning goaltender Martin Brodeur.
After an offensive outburst against a bitter rival, the Devils
hope to notch their fifth straight victory when they host the
Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
The Devils beat the New York Rangers for the first time in 12
regular season-games with a wild 8-5 victory on Friday. The
eight goals scored by the Devils were the most in a single game
by the team since November 25, 2005.
Patrik Elias scored the game-winner and Gionta had a goal and
three assists while Zach Parise collected a career-high four
assists. Travis Zajac scored twice and Dainius Zubrus added a
goal and two assists for the Devils, who have won nine of 10.
Scott Clemmensen became the first goaltender other than Martin
Brodeur to defeat the Rangers since Chris Terreri did it in a
5-2 win at the Meadowlands on April 7, 1993.
Starting his seventh straight game, Clemmensen made 31 saves.
Prior to Friday, he had yielded four goals in three contests.
Devils coach Brent Sutter would not reveal whether he would
start Clemmensen or Kevin Weekes against Buffalo.
“It was one of those nights for Clemmer,” Sutter told the Bergen
Record. “Yet, he prevailed and the team prevailed and at the
end of the night, that’s what’s most important. You get the big
win, you get two points and you move on and get ready for the
The Sabres had their three-game winning streak come to an end
with a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
They had scored four goals in each of their previous three
contests, but failed to generate any momentum on the offensive
Center Derek Roy extended his points streak to five games with
an assist on Toni Lydman’s goal.
Thomas Vanek, who leads the NHL with 22 goals, has his
three-game goal-scoring streak snapped.