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National Hockey League
New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Brandon Blandina, Marc Joannette
Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Jesse Marquis
Attendance: 13158

Nico Daws made 24 saves in his NHL debut to help the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 overtime win against the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Saturday in Newark, N.J.

Pavel Zacha scored the game-winning goal and Nico Hischier tallied in regulation for the Devils.

Dylan Cozens scored and Dustin Tokarski made 37 saves for the Sabres, who have lost two in a row after winning their first three games of the season.

Cozens wired one from the top of the right circle on the power play to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 3:19 of the first period. It was only the second time through five games that the Sabres have scored the first goal.

The Devils thought they tied it at 4:07, but it was waved off, with the referee saying Tokarski's pad was pushed into the net. The Devils challenged, but the call stood after video review.

The Sabres had several chances to double their lead, but Daws kept them at bay. Midway through the period, he made the initial save on a Kyle Okposo shot from the right circle. The rebound bounced out to Drake Caggiula on the left side and Daws was able to slide over in time to swallow the shot.

Late in the period, Cozens was alone in the slot but was denied by Daws.

The Devils pressured more in the second, spurred by a pair of consecutive power plays early in the period.

Tomas Tatar had one of New Jersey's best chances nearly five minutes in, with a shot from the slot off a seam pass from Hischier that was stopped by Tokarski.

A wild sequence had Marian Studenic and Yegor Sharangovich each hit the post moments apart, prompting the goal horn to sound when it looked the puck had hit the inside of the net.

Caggiula was again denied on a breakaway near the midway mark of the period.

Hischier tied it 1-1 on the power play, when Dougie Hamilton's point shot bounced off the end boards to the Devils captain at the side of the net at 5:52 of the third period.

Zacha scored at 3:09 of overtime from the left circle for the 2-1 final.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Buffalo   New Jersey
Dylan Cozens 1 Points Nico Hischier 1
Dylan Cozens 1 Goals Nico Hischier 1
Jacob Bryson 1 Assists Dougie Hamilton 1
Dylan Cozens 1 Power Play Goals Nico Hischier 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Dustin Tokarski .949 Save Percentage Nico Daws .960
Dustin Tokarski 37 Saves Nico Daws 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 25 1 1-2 2-3 8 17
New Jersey 39 2 1-3 1-2 6 33
Upcoming Games
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against Calgary. The Devils have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Sabres have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .000 after a loss.