Sabres rout the Devils 5-1

Five different players score for Buffalo in the second period

Pat Malacaro
January 08, 2019 - 7:07 pm

Photo: Kevin Hoffman - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres scored five times in the second period, including two players scoring their first career NHL goals, to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center.

A goal just a minute and a half into the game gave the Devils a 1-0 lead. Blake Coleman was credited with his 13th goal of the season, with Miles Wood receiving the primary assist for making the pass from the corner. Travis Zajac was credited with the other assist on the game's first goal.

Rasmus Dahlin was penalized shortly after for high sticking. He received a minor for clipping Nico Hischier with his stick. However, the blue and gold were able to kill off the minor penalty.

The Sabres recorded 11 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes, but Keith Kinkaid was able to stop all 11 chances. New Jersey collected only five shots, with one getting past Carter Hutton.

Jeff Skinner got Buffalo on the scoreboard and tied the game with his 29th goal of the season. The winger was able to fly down the left wing side of the ice and pick the far corner of the net to even the game at 1-1. Tage Thompson was given the lone assist on the score. It came just under two minutes into the middle stanza.

The blue and gold wasted no time getting back on the score sheet and taking their first lead of the night. C.J. Smith scored his first career NHL goal almost five minutes into the second period to give Buffalo the 2-1 lead. The goal was not initially awarded to the Sabres, but after a quick video review it was determined the puck fully crosses the goal line to give the Sabres the one-goal edge. Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo assisted on the goal. 

Buffalo's lead ballooned to two goals when Casey Mittelstadt notched his sixth goal of the year halfway through the game. The young forward was able to weave through the New Jersey defense, and cashed in the third chance opportunity. The goal was assisted by Zach Bogosian and Dahlin. 

A shorthanded goal in the late stages of the second made it 4-1 for the Sabres, thanks to a two-on-one chance. Evan Rodrigues slid the pass to Jake McCabe for the defenseman's third goal of the season. Vladimir Sobotka received an assist, in addition to Rodrigues' primary assist.

The Sabres' fifth goal of the period came on the 14th shot on goal, with Lawrence Pilut recording his first career NHL goal. It came as Sam Reinhart was creating a screen in front of the net. Conor Sheary and Rasmus Ristolainen assisted on the score that made it 5-1 Buffalo.

Buffalo maintained their four-goal lead all throughout the final 20 minutes of play. Stefan Noesen was called for the first minor on the Devils, when he was assessed a four-minute double minor penalty for roughing when he tangled with Rodrigues. Each team recorded seven shots on goal in the third period, but neither team was able to change the score.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

NJD: 1:28 - Blake Coleman (13) (Miles Wood, Travis Zajac)

Second Period:

BUF: 1:39 - Jeff Skinner (29) (Tage Thompson); 4:14 - C.J. Smith (1) (Johan Larsson, Kyle Okposo); 10:42 - Casey Mittelstadt (6) (Zach Bogosian, Rasmus Dahlin); 16:00 - Jake McCabe (3) SHG (Evan Rodrigues, Vladimir Sobotka); 17:45 - Lawrence Pilut (1) (Conor Sheary, Rasmus Ristolainen)

Third Period:



Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 2:50 - Rasmus Dahlin (High sticking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 14:29 - Jeff Skinner (Slashing - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 3:36 - Casey Mittelstadt (Hooking - 2 min.); 13:05 - Evan Rodrigues (Roughing - 2 min.); 17:34 - Lawrence Pilut (10-minute misconduct); 18:35 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Holding - 2 min.)
NJD: 13:05 - Stefan Noesen (Roughing - 2 min.); 13:05 - Stefan Noesen (Roughing - 2 min.); 17:43 - Miles Wood (10-minunte misconduct)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 33 (11, 15, 7) 
NJD: 21 (5, 9, 7)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 20 saves
NJD: Keith Kinkaid - 28 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 1 (0%)
NJD: 0 for 4 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. C.J. Smith - BUF
  2. Lawrence Pilut - BUF
  3. Tage Thompson - BUF

What's Next

The Sabres begin a weekend back-to-back series. The first stop is in Carolina to take on the Hurricanes on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog begins at 6:30 p.m. 

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