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Sabres slip past Devils 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Matt D'Agostini's first goal of the season kept the Buffalo Sabres on a roll at home.

D'Agostini's rebound goal at 11:49 of the third period lifted the Sabres to their fifth straight home win, a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

"We're never going for pretty," D'Agostini said.

Linus Omark found Steve Ott to the right of Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. Ott's shot rebounded into the crease and D'Agostini poked it into the net.

"We kinda talked about getting inside on them a little more," D'Agostini said. "Myself, I've been skating good and getting shots but mostly from the outside. Getting inside and getting to the net is where you get most goals in this league."

Matt Moulson also scored a power-play goal and Ryan Miller made 21 saves for the Sabres.

Michael Ryder scored his 13th goal of the season for New Jersey, which has lost back-to-back games in regulation.

Buffalo's struggling power play broke out of its slump. They entered the game with just one goal in their past 22 power plays and had gone three games without converting with the man advantage.

"It was a good feeling to get a couple on the power play tonight and it was just a matter of taking the puck to the net," defenseman Tyler Myers said. "Both goals we had a guy take the puck in and we had guys crashing and banging away. That's what we have to do if we want to score."

The Devils took two penalties in three minutes late in the second period. New Jersey forced a turnover and had two players alone on Miller during the first penalty, but Miller stopped Adam Henrique's shot.

"I want to be there to make a difference," Miller said. "If I had to come up with a few saves here and there, and that's one of them, I was happy to make it."

The save injected some energy into the home crowd, as well as the Sabres.

"The guys definitely feel the energy," Miller said. "It's important to hear that the crowd's behind you and that's definitely one of those instances."

Buffalo scored on the next opportunity. With 31 seconds left in the second period, Moulson shot a rebound past Schneider for his 14th goal of the season.

"We need to keep doing that," Moulson said. "Get pucks to the net, get guys driving to the net and get those dirty goals."

It was Buffalo's first regulation goal against New Jersey in more than 135 minutes of play going back to April 7, 2013.

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