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Buffalo 4, New Jersey 3
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 30, 2021
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Chris Rooney, Furman South
Linesmen: Kory Nagy, James Tobias
Attendance: N/A

Linus Ullmark made 31 saves and was perfect in the shootout as the host Buffalo Sabres extended their point streak to five games with a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Captain Jack Eichel scored the lone goal of the shootout and Taylor Hall recorded two assists against his former team. Buffalo improved to 3-0-2 since losing three of four to open the season.

Ullmark was solid in his fifth straight start for the Sabres, who also got goals from Eric Staal, Tobias Rieder and Victor Olofsson.

Ty Smith, Andreas Johnsson and Janne Kuokkanen each scored for the Devils, who have dropped three in a row (0-2-1).

New Jersey seized a 2-1 lead at 1:37 of the third period on a rocket from Johnsson. Buffalo, though, answered 41 seconds later as Rieder scored from the left-circle dot.

The Sabres went up 3-2 with 9:04 left in regulation via Olofsson's wrister on the power-play. New Jersey, however, tied the contest with 5:19 to go when Kuokkanen banked the puck off the back of Ullmark and into the net.

Neither team found the net through the opening 20 minutes. New Jersey had the best chance with a 5-on-3 situation, but the Sabres' defense and Ullmark clamped down to the kill the penalty.

It was Buffalo that opened the scoring on Staal's third goal of the season with just under 11 minutes to go in the second period. Finishing off some textbook passing with Brandon Montour and Hall, Staal sent a laser from the slot past Scott Wedgewood (28 saves).

New Jersey finally cashed in on its fourth of five power-play chances through Smith. With 1:25 left in the second, Smith ripped a shot from the center point and by Ullmark to forge a tie at 1.

The Sabres played without Sam Reinhart, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Meanwhile, the Devils were minus Travis Zajac, who is in COVID-19 protocol.

These teams will play again Sunday at Buffalo.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
New Jersey   Buffalo
Andreas Johnsson 1 Points Taylor Hall 2
Andreas Johnsson 1 Goals Victor Olofsson 1
Nathan Bastian 1 Assists Taylor Hall 2
Ty Smith 1 Power Play Goals Victor Olofsson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Scott Wedgewood .903 Save Percentage Linus Ullmark .912
Scott Wedgewood 28 Saves Linus Ullmark 31
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 34 3 1-5 4-5 10 25
Buffalo 31 4 1-5 4-5 10 39
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Sabres have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Devils have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .500 after a loss.