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Sabres 3, Devils 2 (SO)

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[April 02, 2014]  BUFFALO, N.Y.  Sabres 3, Devils 2 (SO): Ville Leino scored in the ninth round of the shootout and Nathan Lieuwen made 33 saves for his first NHL victory as host Buffalo added to New Jersey's woes in the bonus format.

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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