|NJD||0||1||1||0||0 (2 - 9)||2|
|BUF||0||0||2||0||1 (3 - 9)||3|
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Tyler Ennis scored twice in the third period and again in the shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Ville Leino had the winner in the ninth round of the shootout and Nathan Lieuwen made 33 saves for his first NHL win.
The Devils, 0-11 this season in shootouts, are three points out of the Eastern Conference's final wild card spot.
Cory Schneider made 25 saves for New Jersey.
The Devils outshot Buffalo 10-8 in the opening period, but dominated possession and had the best chances.
New Jersey broke the deadlock in the second, when Michael Ryder's cross-crease pass appeared to be knocked into the Sabres goal by Jamie McBain. The goal was awarded to Zubrus.
Lieuwen returned to form after the goal, making a diving stick save on Ryder to keep the score 1-0. Moments later, he stopped Ruutu on a partial breakaway.
The Sabres managed just four shots in the second period.
Buffalo got the equalizer 1:39 into the third period on a play started by Drew Stafford and completed by a cross-slot pass from Leino to Ennis, who scored on a wrist shot to be‐ come the first Sabres player to score 20 goals this season.
Buffalo took its first lead of the night on a power play just over three minutes later. Cody Hodgson slid a pass through several players to Ennis, who shot high into the net at 4:41.
The Devils attempted to counter off the ensuing face-off, but Lieuwen stopped Jagr twice.
New Jersey tied the score on the power play, when Ruutu deflected Greene's shot past Lieuwen.
Stafford and McBain had quality scoring chances in over‐ time, but Schneider foiled both.
Leino had not scored a goal all season in regulation.
Ryane Clowe missed the game with an injury sustained Monday against Florida.
|Dainius Zubrus (11) ASST: Michael Ryder (15), Damien Brunner (13)|
1 - 0 NJD
|Tyler Ennis (20) ASST: Ville Leino (13), Drew Stafford (17)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Tyler Ennis (21) ASST: Cody Hodgson (21), Drew Stafford (18)|
2 - 1 BUF
|PPG - Tuomo Ruutu (7) ASST: Andy Greene (24), Marek Zidlicky (28)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||T. Ennis||J. Josefson|
|2||C. Hodgson||D. Brunner|
|3||Z. Girgensons||M. Zidlicky|
|4||D. Stafford||J. Jagr|
|5||M. Foligno||T. Zajac|
|6||C. Conacher||T. Ruutu|
|7||B. Flynn||P. Elias|
|8||M. D'Agostini||A. Henrique|
|9||V. Leino||M. Sislo|
|Patrik Elias Hooking against Drew Stafford|
|Brian Flynn Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Steve Bernier Hi-sticking against Christian Ehrhoff|
|Ville Leino Holding against Jacob Josefson|
|Jacob Josefson Boarding against Marcus Foligno|
|SA: 27||TOI: 64:45|
|Saves: 25||EV: 23 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .926||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 35||TOI: 64:57|
|Saves: 33||EV: 29 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .943||SH: 0 - 0|
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