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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller has the puck bounce off his face mask during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Sabres Use Power Play to Edge Devils 2-1

The Sabres scored a pair of goals with the man advantage, including Matt D'Agostini's winner in the third period, in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at First Niagara Center on Saturday.

Both teams struggled to get anything going on offense, skating their way through a first period that saw New Jersey with a 7-4 edge in shots. The second period nearly ended in a scoreless tie as well until Matt Moulson put home a power play goal at 19:29. Michael Ryder tied it up in the third during a 5-on-3 man advantage. Tyler Myers was sent to the box for an illegal check to the head of Dainius Zubrus about a minute after Buffalo was called for too many men on the ice.

The Sabres regained the lead later in the period with another power play goal. Matt D'Agostini swooped in to backhand a rebound over Cory Schneider's glove, putting Buffalo ahead 2-1. The play marked D'Agostini's first goal of the season and Linus Omark's first point.

Ryan Miller turned aside 21 shots for the win while Schneider came up with 20 saves for the Devils. The win snaps a two-game losing skid for the Sabres, who improve to 6-1 at First Niagara Center since December 10, 2013. Buffalo has another home game on tap against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Hear the all the action on WGR 550 at 7 p.m.

1st Period


12:20 - NJ - Steve Bernier (2 min., interference)
14:59 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., holding)

2nd Period

19:29 - BUF - Matt Moulson (14) (PPG) (Tyler Ennis, Christian Ehrhoff)

11:29 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., hooking)
14:38 - NJ - Dainius Zubrus (2 min., tripping)
17:36 - NJ - Andrei Loktionov (2 min., tripping)

3rd Period

7:46 - NJ - Michael Ryder (13) (PPG) (Travis Zajac, Marek Zidlicky)
11:49 - BUF - Matt D'Agostini (1) (PPG) (Steve Ott, Linus Omark)

4:51 - BUF - Mike Weber (5 min., fighting)
4:51 - NJ - Ryane Clowe (5 min., fighting)
6:03 - BUF - Bench penalty (2 min., too many men on the ice served by Linus Omark)
7:02 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., illegal check to the head)
10:03 - NJ - Dainius Zubrus (2 min., interference)
16:49 - NJ - Jon Merrill (2 min., interference)

NJ - Cory Schneider (20 saves, 22 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (21 saves, 22 shots)

Power Plays
NJ - 1 of 4
BUF - 2 of 5

Three Stars
1.) BUF - Matt D'Agostini (1 G, 0 A)
2.) BUF - Matt Moulson (1 G, 0 A)
3.) BUF - Mike Weber (0 G, 0 A)