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March 7, 2013

Sabres squander two-goal lead

Devils rally for 3-2 shootout win, ending six-game slide

NEWARK, N.J. —  

David Clarkson and Patrik Elias scored in a shootout and the New Jersey Devils rallied from a late two-goal deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday night, snapping a season-high six game winless streak.

Elias and Adam Henrique got the Devils to the overtime, scoring in the final 6 1/2 minutes, with Elias tying the game on a rebound with 66 seconds left in regulation.

Thomas Vanek and rookie Brian Flynn staked Buffalo to a 2-0 lead, with Vanek tallying his team-high 13th goal of the season on a second-period power play, and Flynn getting the first of his career midway through the third period.

Johan Hedberg made 23 saves and stopped both Sabres shootout attempts for New Jersey.

After Ilya Kovalchuk and Vanek missed on the first two shootout attempts, Clarkson made a nifty move to beat Ryan Miller with a backhander.

Pominville seemed to miss the net on the Sabres' second try and Elias deked Miller out of position for a tap-in game winner.

Miller was forced to end a rare night off when Sabres starter Jhonas Enroth hurt his right leg on Elias' tying goal.

The Sabres seemed in command until defenseman Christian Ehrhoff took a holding penalty with 7:24 to play in regulation.

Henrique got the Devils within a goal less than a minute later. His initial shot was blocked by defenseman Mike Weber. The shot stunned Weber and Henrique was able to get the loose puck and fire it past Enroth from the left circle.

Elias' tying goal seemed a little soft. Clarkson took a long shot from the left point seconds after Hedberg left for a sixth skater. Enroth kicked out a long rebound and Elias had a wide-open net.

Enroth lay prone on the ice after the play and had to be helped to the bench, dragging his right leg.

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