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Devils 3, Sabres 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 3, Sabres 2
Buffalo Sabres 2, New Jersey Devils 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Scott Clemmensen gave the New Jersey Devils a lift as they wait for Martin Brodeur's right knee to heal.

Clemmensen made 25 saves Friday night and was rewarded with the victory when Sergei Brylin scored on the power play with 5:23 remaining in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Clemmensen was scheduled to get his first start of the season even before Brodeur was injured Wednesday in the Devils' 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Although an MRI showed no structural damage, Brodeur was scratched with Ari Ahonen serving as Clemmensen's backup. It was the first time Brodeur was not in uniform since April 16, 1998.

Clemmensen made the most of the opportunity, and his teammates played a solid defensive game for the first two periods, limiting the Sabres to only 11 shots.

``They played great as a team in front of me,'' Clemmensen said. ``They allowed me to get into the game on my own time.''

Brylin tipped Bryan Rafalski's shot past Ryan Miller as the Devils salvaged the win after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period. It was his team-leading sixth goal.

``We can't wait for Marty to come back,'' Brylin said. ``We've got to win some hockey games. Scott played a great game for us and when Marty's not there, everybody feels they have to pick it up a little bit.''

Scott Gomez and Eric Rasmussen also scored for the Devils, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Daniel Briere and Chris Drury scored for Buffalo in a span of 1:17 to wipe out the Devils' lead.

Rasmussen broke a scoreless deadlock with 3:18 remaining in the second period. Grant Marshall fed the puck to Marshall in the slot and he flipped a shot over Miller's glove for his first goal of the season.

In the third, Gomez extended New Jersey's lead to 2-0 at 3:51 with a shot from above the left circle.

The Sabres came storming back with 16 shots in the period and pulled even at 2. Briere started the comeback with a power-play goal at 12:15 on a shot that appeared to deflect off a Devils player. Drury quickly followed to tie it and set the stage for Brylin's winner.

``We had a lot of momentum in the third,'' Drury said. ``It was too little, too late and they only needed one to win and they got it. We really didn't get our feet going until the third period and that just killed us.''

Notes: The Sabres left by bus after the game for the short trip to Long Island where they play the Islanders on Saturday night. ... Devils D Colin White missed a fifth straight game with a groin injury. ... The Sabres are winless (0-9-2) in their last 11 games in New Jersey.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
16:42
NJD
Erik Rasmussen (1) ASST: Grant Marshall (2), Alexander Mogilny (5)
1 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
03:51
NJD
Scott Gomez (2) ASST: Sergei Brylin (3)
2 - 0 NJD
12:15
BUF
PPG - Daniel Briere (8) ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (4)
2 - 1 NJD
13:42
BUF
Chris Drury (1) ASST: Michael Grier (2), Teppo Numminen (6)
2 - 2 Tie
14:37
NJD
PPG - Sergei Brylin (6) ASST: Brian Rafalski (6), Paul Martin (5)
3 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
00:47
NJD
Richard Matvichuk  Hooking against  J-P Dumont
16:37
NJD
Vladimir Malakhov  Boarding against  Paul Gaustad
2nd Period
02:31
NJD
Sean Brown  Holding against  Daniel Briere
07:55
BUF
J-P Dumont  Holding the stick
08:18
BUF
Jay McKee  Hi-sticking against  Scott Gomez
11:06
NJD
Daniel Mcgillis  Holding the stick against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
11:57
NJD
Richard Matvichuk  Tripping against  Jochen Hecht
13:59
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
20:00
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Hi-sticking against  Chris Drury
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 27TOI: 59:01
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .889SH: 2 - 2
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
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