Devils-Sabres: Another Shootout for New Jersey and Buffalo

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Devils-Sabres: Another Shootout for New Jersey and Buffalo
The Devils and the Sabres played again Saturday night, and for the third consecutive meeting the game went to a shootout. The Sabres have been playing some pretty bad hockey of late as they were 0-4-4 in their last 8 entering Saturday's game. The Devils however, have been on a hot streak since late november and early december and were looking to continue their recent run of dominance over Buffalo. Early on it looked as though Buffalo would finally pick up a win as Daniel Paille put two soft goals past Martin Brodeur in the first period. The goals were numbers 7 and 8 for the left winger on the season. But the legendary goalie was able to recover and did not allow another goal in the remaining 54:22(including OT.) The Devils offense however, left much to be desired. The were able to muster just one goal in the first 58:53. The goal came midway through the second from defense man Paul Martin. The Devils pulled their goalie in the final 1:30 and were able to capitalize on a David Clarkson goal with 1:07 remaining. After a scoreless overtime period the game went to yet another shootout. Zach Parise and Patrick Elias scored for the devils, while Marty was able to stop both shots that he faced. The Devils continue their hot streak with a 3-2 shootout win. The Devils win combined with a penguins OT loss allowed the Devils to increase their division lead to 2 points and they remain 7 points back of Ottawa for first in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres however, remain in 11th place in the conference and are in danger of missing the playoffs.
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