Tyler Ennis scored twice in regulation and also tallied in the
first round of the shootout. Jacob Josefson answered and Sabres
forward Drew Stafford and future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr tallied
in the fourth round before Leino skated in and wired a shot between
the pads of Cory Schneider (25 saves).
Lieuwen denied Mike Sislo with his right pad as the Devils extended
their NHL record to 15 straight shootout losses — including 11 this
season. Buffalo snapped a four-game winless skid with just its
second victory in 13 contests (2-10-1).
Dainius Zubrus scored to snap a 20-game goal drought and Tuomo Ruutu
netted a power-play tally for the Devils, who fell to 2-0-3 in their
last five contests. New Jersey remained three points out of a final
wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after Columbus dropped a
3-2 overtime loss to Colorado.
With New Jersey clinging to a 1-0 lead, Ennis deposited Leino's
no-look cross-crease pass into the gaping net just 99 seconds into
the third. Ennis added his career-high 21st goal three minutes later
by scoring from below the goal line but Ruutu answered at 6:58 by
deflecting defenseman Andy Greene's point shot for a power-play goal
to tie it at 2-2.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Peter DeBoer was denied in his bid for his 100th
victory as the coach of the Devils. ... Leino notched an assist on
Ennis' first goal to end a 13-game skid without a point. ... After a
scoreless first period, RW Michael Ryder collected the puck after
his initial shot was denied and backhanded a cross-slot feed to
Zubrus, who shoveled the puck home from the doorstep for his 11th
goal — and first since Jan. 30. ... New Jersey recalled Sislo from
the American Hockey League prior to the game. He was inserted into
the lineup to take the place of LW Ryane Clowe, who suffered an
upper-body injury in Monday's victory over Florida.
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