SHOOT TO THRILL: Sabres drop Devils 4-3 in shootout

Brandon Schlager  - Digital Media Intern | Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 2:24 AM

Buffalo 4 – New Jersey 3 (SO)
Saturday, March 2, 2013
First Niagara Center

Jason Pominville
took the reins with leading scorer Thomas Vanek out of the lineup, guiding the Buffalo Sabres to their third straight win in a 4-3 shootout decision over the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres emerged on top in the back-and-forth game, which saw three lead changes and a combined 38 penalty minutes, thanks in large part to the play of their captain, who scored twice in regulation and once more in the shootout. Cody Hodgson assisted on both Pominville goals and Jochen Hecht found the back of the net for the first time this season.

Ryan Miller made 28 saves and kept the Devils off the board in the shootout while Tyler Ennis followed Pominville with the shootout tally that clinched Buffalo’s first three-game win streak of the season. New Jersey outshot the Sabres 31-23.

1st Period
Neither team found the back of the net in the first period but both sides worked together to pile up 22 penalty minutes at 11 apiece. The Devils doubled up the Sabres in shots, 13-6, with two coming on the power play.

2nd Period
Jason Pominville
opened the game’s scoring eight minutes into the period. With the Sabres shorthanded, Cody Hodgson won a battle in the right offensive corner and dropped the puck back to Pominville just above the right circle, where he wired a slapshot over the glove of Johan Hedberg for his eighth goal. New Jersey responded just minutes later to even things up at intermission. New Jersey again outshot the Sabres, 13-8.

3rd Period
The Devils took their first lead with a shorthanded goal of their own with 1:21 gone in the period, but Pominville tied the game at two at the 16:50 mark when he buried a cross-ice pass from Hodgson for his second goal of the game. The Sabres regained the lead at the 10-minute mark as Jochen Hecht tucked a backhander behind Hedberg for his first goal of the season. But the Devils pulled even once more a minute later with the goal that would eventually send the game to overtime.

A Marek Zidlicky roughing penalty 37 seconds in gave the Sabres a golden opportunity to seal the deal in the extra period as they outshot the Devils 2-0. But, for the second consecutive game, Buffalo needed a shootout to decide the game, where Pominville and Ennis went 2-for-2 while Miller shut the door on Ilya Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique for the win.

The Sabres are on a three-game win streak for the first time since a five-game stretch from March 19-27 last season… This was just the second game in the NHL this season with two shorthanded goals scored… Jason Pominville has 16 points (9+7) in 25 career games against the Devils, leading all Sabres skaters… Pominville’s shorthanded goal in the second period was the Sabres’ first since March 27, 2012, against Washington, also scored by Pominville… Cody Hodgson now has 16 points (6+11) in his last 16 games… Hodgson took 27 faceoffs, winning 16. He leads the Sabres in faceoffs taken in all but two games… Jochen Hecht scored his first goal since Dec. 30, 2011... Buffalo out-hit New Jersey, 31-20... Buffalo is now 2-4-0 in six afternoon games this season… This was the 137th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo is 70-45-22 against the Devils (37-22-10 at home).

Brian Flynn
earned a call-up from Rochester before the game and made his NHL debut in place of Thomas Vanek, who sat out for the second time this season due to injury (upper body)… T.J. Brennan and John Scott were healthy scratches… Jordan Leopold (upper body, 4 games) was moved to the IR on Friday, joining Alexander Sulzer (lower body, 2 games) and Ville Leino (hip, 21 games).

Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 26:56
Shots: Jason Pominville, 6
Blocked Shots: Andrej Sekera, 5
Hits: Mike Weber/Steve Ott/Marcus Foligno, 5
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 16
Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 27 (16+11)

Scoring first: 7-4-0
Tied after the second period: 5-4-1
Outshot by an opponent: 7-9-0
Game decided by shootout: 3-0

Power Play
Tonight: 0/6
Overall: 9/79, 11.4%
Home: 7/44, 15.9%

Penalty Killing
Tonight: 5/5
Overall: 75/92, 81.5%
Home: 29/38, 76.3 %

* Sunday @ NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Carolina, 7 p.m.
* Thursday @ New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
07:17BUF SHG - Jason Pominville (8) ASST: Cody Hodgson (10), Mike Weber (4) 1 - 0 BUF
09:24NJD Steve Bernier (6) ASST: Ryan Carter (4), Mark Fayne (4) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:21NJD SHG - Adam Henrique (5) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 NJD
03:10BUF Jason Pominville (9) ASST: Cody Hodgson (11), Steve Ott (7) 2 - 2 Tie
09:47BUF Jochen Hecht (1) ASST: Mikhail Grigorenko (3) 3 - 2 BUF
11:22NJD Andrei Loktionov (3) ASST: Stefan Matteau (2), Ilya Kovalchuk (11) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1BUFJason Pominville - Goal
2NJDIlya Kovalchuk - Missed
3BUFTyler Ennis - Goal
4NJDAdam Henrique - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDBuffalo SabresNew Jersey Devils
1Jason PominvilleIlya Kovalchuk
2Tyler EnnisAdam Henrique
Three Stars of the Game
Jason Pominville
Jason Pominville
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 23:53
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 31TOI: 64:58
GA: 3EV: 18-20
PIM: 0PP: 10-10
SV%: .903SH: 0-1
Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: -2TOI: 20:10
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:27BUF Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
00:27NJD David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
05:50NJD Steve Bernier  Tripping against  Mike Weber
06:07BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Hooking against  Travis Zajac
11:59BUF Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
11:59NJD Ilya Kovalchuk  Roughing against  Patrick Kaleta
14:38NJD Ilya Kovalchuk  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Kaleta
15:24BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Interference against  Adam Henrique
2nd Period
01:53BUF Kevin Porter  Boarding against  Stefan Matteau
07:02BUF Tyler Myers  Cross checking against  David Clarkson
12:14BUF Jason Pominville  Interference against  Steve Bernier
20:00NJD Ryan Carter  Cross checking against  Patrick Kaleta
3rd Period
06:03NJD Adam Henrique  Tripping against  Steve Ott
OT Period
00:37NJD Marek Zidlicky  Roughing against  Nathan Gerbe
04:35NJD Bryce Salvador  Tripping against  Tyler Ennis
05:00BUF Tyler Ennis  Roughing against  Adam Henrique
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/50/6
Faceoff Wins3348
Blocked Shots1418
Penalty Minutes1919
2M. ZidlickyD00-12220:03
5A. LarssonD0011017:06
6A. GreeneD0011023:45
7H. TallinderD0000017:37
9B. ButlerR00-1005:19
11S. GiontaC0001013:16
12A. PonikarovskyL0001012:39
14A. HenriqueC1004220:09
15S. MatteauC010107:36
17I. KovalchukR0104426:04
18S. BernierR10-14213:11
19T. ZajacC0004020:14
20R. CarterL0101212:10
21A. LoktionovC1001012:54
23D. ClarksonR0004520:21
24B. SalvadorD0000224:30
26P. EliasC0000018:50
29M. FayneD0102021:51
1J. Hedberg2023.87065:00
6M. WeberD0100020:25
9S. OttC0100521:21
10C. EhrhoffD00-13426:56
12K. PorterC0002214:14
19C. HodgsonC0210021:10
21D. StaffordR001209:26
24R. RegehrD0000020:10
25M. GrigorenkoC011106:36
27A. PardyD0010016:18
29J. PominvilleR20-16223:53
36P. KaletaR0001215:24
42N. GerbeC0002018:33
44A. SekeraD0010020:42
55J. HechtC101208:37
57T. MyersD00-10220:04
63T. EnnisC00-23220:10
65B. FlynnC000008:50
82M. FolignoL00-21015:13
30R. Miller2831.90364:58