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Buffalo Sabres 2, New Jersey Devils 8 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Buffalo Sabres 2, New Jersey Devils 8 FINAL
Buffalo Sabres 2, New Jersey Devils 8

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ After playing in hundreds of tight games, Martin Brodeur became the first NHL goaltender to win 30 games in nine straight seasons in a most unexpected way _ a laugher.

``It's a pretty good accomplishment,'' Brodeur said after the New Jersey Devils cruised to an 8-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. ``I'm pretty excited about it.

``Usually I don't care about what's going on but this one is something nice. A lot of things go into it. Durability and the success of my career really shows in this record.''

Brodeur (30-17-10) had to make only 20 saves in moving ahead of recently retired Patrick Roy for consecutive 30-win seasons.

``That's amazing,'' Devils forward Brian Gionta said of the streak by the goaltender who has led New Jersey to three Stanley Cups since 1995. ``He is the best goalie in the league, and year after year he shows it. It's because of his work ethic. He never wants to get beat, be it practice, pregame skate, warmups or in the game.''

The goal-scoring binge by the usually defensive-minded Devils was their biggest output since October 2000.

Gionta, Patrik Elias and Jay Pandolfo scored twice apiece, while Brian Rafalski and Jeff Friesen also scored as the Devils won their third straight and moved within four points of first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. New Jersey has played two fewer games.

The eight goals were their most since beating Montreal 8-4 on Oct. 6, 2000. Their previous high this season was seven against the Rangers last Saturday.

Elias added three assists. In the last three games, he has a team record six goals and five assists for 11 points.

Scott Gomez, who centers for Elias and Gionta, had three assists. The line finished with four goals and seven assists.

Maxim Afinogenov scored a goal and set up another by Derek Roy for the Sabres, who lost their second straight after getting back into the playoff race with a 9-1-1 run.

``I thought we were poor every where,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. ``We were poor defensively. Our goaltending wasn't up to par. When you have only one line that was in on the scoring, then you don't win.''

Buffalo is six points behind the New York Islanders for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have played one more game than New York.

After Elias and Roy exchanged goals 33 seconds apart in the first period, Gionta gave the Devils the lead for good, putting his own rebound past Mika Noronen, who gave up six goals on 26 shots.

Pandolfo stretched the lead to 3-1 less than two minutes later, converting short-handed on a nice feed from John Madden. Afinogenov scored on a power play with less than a minute to go in the period.

Pandolfo and Madden combined again late in the second period to push the lead to 4-2 and that broke the Sabres. Rafalski added a goal with less than a second left in the period and New Jersey got three more in the third.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:29
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (26) ASST: Brian Rafalski (25), Scott Gomez (35)
1 - 0 NJD
02:02
BUF
Derek Roy (3) ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (9), Taylor Pyatt (10)
1 - 1 Tie
16:13
NJD
Brian Gionta (16) ASST: Paul Martin (11), Patrik Elias (28)
2 - 1 NJD
18:04
NJD
SHG - Jay Pandolfo (10) ASST: John Madden (18), Scott Niedermayer (29)
3 - 1 NJD
19:04
BUF
PPG - Maxim Afinogenov (14) ASST: Alexei Zhitnik (24), Derek Roy (8)
3 - 2 NJD
2nd Period
18:16
NJD
Jay Pandolfo (11) ASST: John Madden (19), Turner Stevenson (9)
4 - 2 NJD
19:59
NJD
Brian Rafalski (5) ASST: Scott Gomez (36), Patrik Elias (29)
5 - 2 NJD
3rd Period
02:47
NJD
Brian Gionta (17) ASST: Scott Gomez (37), Patrik Elias (30)
6 - 2 NJD
03:07
NJD
Jeff Friesen (14) ASST: NONE
7 - 2 NJD
15:34
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (27) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (30), Brian Gionta (7)
8 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
01:07
BUF
Daniel Briere  Slashing against  John Madden
17:12
NJD
David Hale  Tripping against  Adam Mair
2nd Period
06:29
BUF
Daniel Briere  Hi-sticking against  Turner Stevenson
10:46
NJD
David Hale  Hi-sticking against  Derek Roy
13:56
BUF
Taylor Pyatt  Hooking against  Brian Gionta
15:49
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik  Hi-sticking against  Sergei Brylin
3rd Period
04:22
BUF
Adam Mair  Fighting (maj) against  David Hale
04:22
NJD
David Hale  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Mair
04:28
NJD
Sean Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
04:28
BUF
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Brown
06:01
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Roughing
10:00
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik  Cross checking against  Jamie Langenbrunner
10:00
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie Langenbrunner
10:00
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Instigator against  Alexei Zhitnik
10:00
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Fighting (maj) against  Alexei Zhitnik
10:00
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Misconduct (10 min)
10:34
BUF
Brian Campbell  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
14:40
BUF
Eric Boulton  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Mika Noronen
Mika Noronen
SA: 26TOI: 42:46
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 1
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 5TOI: 17:13
Saves: 3EV: 2 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .909SH: 2 - 2
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