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Enroth has streak snapped in 5-3 loss to New Jersey

Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 10:48 PM ET / THE AFTERMATH
By Kevin Snow  - (@kwsnow)
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The New Jersey Devils scored twice in the first 5:21 and never looked back, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 at First Niagara Center on Wednesday. The loss snapped Buffalo’s three-game home winning streak, and it was also the first regulation defeat for Jhonas Enroth in almost a year.

Enroth was 13-0-1 in his last 14 decisions, with his last loss coming on November 24, 2010 against Pittsburgh. Jordan Leopold said none of the blame for the loss should rest on Enroth, who allowed all five goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Drew MacIntyre late in the third period.

“You can’t blame it on [Enroth],” Leopold stated. “We came out flat.”

A bright spot for Buffalo in the loss was the play of defenseman Tyler Myers, back in the Sabres lineup after being benched for the first time in his professional career on Monday in Montreal. Myers responded with the second two-goal game of his career, while also creating several other offensive chances by moving the puck effortlessly up the like he did during his first two seasons.

“I thought Tyler skated well, got up in the play ... He had a little bit of edge to him too, which was nice.” - Lindy Ruff on Tyler Myers
But the most encouraging sign was how Myers played physically, highlighted by a thunderous bodycheck along the boards on Dainius Zubrus in the second period. 

“I think playing more physical is what ultimately helped my game. Playing that tough in the zone is what gets me in the game a lot more,” Myers explained. “I’m gonna have to find way to do that every night. Obviously there are going to be nights when fatigue is going to set in, and it’s going to be harder to play that physical for a full 60. It’s something that I really have to bring back into my game.”

Lindy Ruff was very complimentary of his young blueliner.

“I thought Tyler skated well, got up in the play, and made obviously an excellent shot getting up. But he was in on four or five other opportunities. I thought he probably skated as well as he's skated. He had a little bit of edge to him too, which was nice.”

NOTES: Leopold scored Buffalo’s other goal … Just like Monday in Montreal, Ruff made some personnel moves during the game. He bumped Brad Boyes up to the second line to center Ville Leino and Drew Stafford; while dropping Luke Adam to the fourth line with Matt Ellis and Corey Tropp … MacIntyre played 7:58 in the third, his first NHL action since January, 2008 with Vancouver. 

6:58 - Welcome to First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY!
7:15 - Warmups are coming to an end. Check back later for the live blog. Thanks all!

7:39 - Game time in Buffalo!
7:41 - Devils called for interference - Sabres on the PP
7:43 - NJ 1-0: Parise finds himself all alone in front, then spins and fires past Enroth to open the scoring. (2:06)
7:45 - Stafford heads off for slashing at 2:36
7:47 - Devils are 3-2-1 when scoring first; Sabres are 4-3 when opponent gets on the board before them
7:47 - Congrats to one-time Sabres Dainius Zubrus, playing in his 1000th NHL game tonight for New Jersey.
7:48 - The penalty parade is on. Ehrhoff grabs a seat for hooking.
7:49 - NJ 2-0: What a snipe by Kovalchuk. He goes far side over Enroth's glove from just inside the left faceoff circle.
7:52 - 12:40 remaining. NJ outshooting the Sabres 4-2
7:54 - Martin Brodeur picked up an assist on Kovalchuk's goal. He's the 10th goalie this year to collect an assist. Ottawa's Craig Anderson leads with 2
7:59 - Darcy Regier spoke to the media before the game, talking about yesterday's GM meetings in Toronto. Listen to the audio here:
8:03 - Derek Roy rings one off the crossbar, and Sabres are still stuck on 2 shots
8:03 - Vanek JUST misses from the lip of the crease after a cross ice feed from Pominville
8:04 - Boyes barges through the left side and nearly tucks one past Brodeur
8:07 - Here's a link to the video of Darcy Regier's pre-game press conference:
8:09 - NJ's Ryan Carter gets 2 for goalie interference when he shoves Sekera into Enroth.
8:12 - Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end -- Carter goes right back to the box, this time for hooking.
8:12 - GOAL!
8:14 - 2-1: Tyler Myers taps home the 5-foot putt after some hard work by Roy and Pominville to get the puck in deep. (18:56, PP)
8:14 - Pominville and Vanek pick up the helpers
8:15 - End of 1: Devils lead 2-1. Shots are all even at 7-7.
8:20 - Tyler Myers' goal was his first since March 1 - a span of 36 games

8:32 - Game on!
8:33 - Sabres won 11 of 17 faceoffs in the 1st -- Gaustad was 6-1
8:34 - Roy unloads from the top of the circle but misses by 5 feet
8:38 - Brodeur gets his toe on Pominville's shot to keep it outside of the twine tent
8:40 - We reach the first TV timeout with 13:55 left in the 2nd. Buffalo with 2 shots -- the Devils have yet to record any.
8:41 - Ville Lei-NO! Brodeur flashes the leather on a shot that was ticketed for the top corner.
8:42 - Boyes now centering the Leino-Stafford line
8:47 - 3-1: Fayne takes the clean faceoff draw from Henrique and floats a point shot past Enroth for his 3rd of the year. (8:36)
8:48 - Adam now on a line with Ellis and Tropp
8:49 - Tyler Myers just lowered the BOOM! on Zubrus
8:54 - Myers looks like his old self tonight - playing physical and lugging the mail up the ice with ease
8:55 - Boyes was wide open in front, but the rebound kicks past his stick
8:57 - Robbery! What a classic save by Brodeur to stone Pominville in front.
8:59 - A tired Vanek gets caught deep, and ends up tripping a Devil -- he's off for 2
9:06 - Adam takes the drop pass from Roy and blasts a shot that Brodeur handles easily
9:06 - 41.6 left in the 2nd
9:07 - End of 2: Devils score once to up their lead to 3-1.
9:07 - Sabres outshoot NJ 12-7; now lead 19-14 overall

9:25 - Game on!
9:29 - 4-1: Elias walks in uncontested and blows a slapshot past Enroth from 40 ft
9:37 - GOAL!
9:38 - 4-2: Myers takes the feed from Gerbe and buries one top shelf over Brodeur's glove.
9:38 - Gerbe and Ellis with the assists
9:40 - 5-2: Seconds after Boyes' stick explodes on a one-time attempt, David Clarkson goes in alone on Enroth to put the Devils up by 3
9:42 - This is Tyler Myers' second career 2-goal game. The first was Jan. 8, 2010 vs. Toronto.
9:44 - Drew MacIntyre now in net for Buffalo
9:46 - Drew MacIntyre now in goal for BUF - his first NHL action since Jan 29/08 with Vancouver.
9:52 - GOAL!
9:53 - 5-3: Leopold fires a point shot that may have been deflected by Boyes on the way through.
9:54 - Goal credited to Leopold, with the lone assist to Stafford
9:58 - 2:02 remaining in the 3rd
10:00 - last minute..
10:00 - Stafford can convert in tight..
10:01 - FINAL: NJ 5 -- BUF 3
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