FINAL
BUF
1
NJD
3
FINAL
NYR
1
WSH
4
FINAL SO
MIN
1
NSH
2
FINAL
LAK
2
CHI
0
FINAL OT
BOS
2
PHX
1
FINAL OT
VAN
3
SJS
2
BUF
39-32-11
NJD
48-28-6

23 SOG
23 SOG

Sykora scores twice in Devils' 3-1 win

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Petr Sykora's magical return to the NHL continued Wednesday night.

The 35-year-old, who played overseas last season, scored twice and Martin Brodeur made 22 saves and also added an assist as the New Jersey Devils earned a 3-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center.

Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who built a 3-0 lead in the second period. Patrik Elias assisted on both of Sykora's tallies.

"He should have had five," Parise said of Sykora. "It was one of those nights where the puck was following him all over."

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo, which received 20 saves from Ryan Miller.

Sykora opened the scoring with his ninth of the season at 9:52 of the first period. Brodeur sprung Sykora and Elias with a clearing pass up the middle. The veteran forwards weaved through the neutral zone before Elias dropped a pass between his legs for Sykora, who sent a soft shot that rolled in under Miller's pads.

"(I) looked for him to shoot through (defenseman) Robyn (Regehr)," Miller said. "He shot around him."

Sykora snapped a wrist shot over Miller's glove 1:26 into the second period to double the Devils' lead. Dainius Zubrus forced a turnover, and Elias set up Sykora for a one-timer with a perfect pass.

New Jersey signed Sykora to a one-year, $650,000 contract after he made the team following a training camp tryout. His 10 goals are tied with linemate Zubrus and rookie Adam Henrique for fourth on the team.

"I'm getting a chance to play with great players -- Patty and Zubie most games. Each guy brings something different," Sykora said. "Once in a while, you're going to have a game like this."

"He played well," Brodeur said of Sykora, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2000. "We brought him in to make a difference offensively. That was what the team was looking for."

Luke Adam appeared to cut the Sabres' deficit to 2-1 with a deflection at 5:28 of the second but the goal was disallowed after a video review showed that Adam struck the puck while his stick was above the crossbar.

"Thought it was good," Adam said. "Thought it was on its way down. It was a bit of a bad angle."

Parise made it 3-0 at 6:55 when he tipped in Mark Fayne's point. Vanek scored Buffalo's lone goal 1:14 later, his ninth point in six games.

The bad blood between the teams grew as the game progressed, and tempers flared midway through the second period. Buffalo's Paul Gaustad and Patrick Kaleta, New Jersey's Cam Janssen and Bryce Salvador were given 10-minute misconducts. Devils forward Eric Boulton received minor penalties for boarding and roughing, and Sabres center Cody McCormick was given a penalty for roughing.

The Sabres and New Jersey both had 23 shots on goal and neither connected on the power play. The Devils were 0 for 3 with the advantage, and the Sabres went 0 for 2.

"We just didn't finish," Vanek said.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report
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BUF
NJD
Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:52NJD Petr Sykora (9) ASST: Patrik Elias (18), Martin Brodeur (3) 1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
01:26NJD Petr Sykora (10) ASST: Patrik Elias (19), Anton Volchenkov (5) 2 - 0 NJD
06:55NJD Zach Parise (12) ASST: Mark Fayne (5), Adam Henrique (18) 3 - 0 NJD
07:41BUF PPG - Thomas Vanek (18) ASST: Jordan Leopold (7), Drew Stafford (13) 3 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
NONE
Three Stars of the Game
Petr Sykora
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:18
Patrik Elias
2nd
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:46
Adam Larsson
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:04
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:44BUF Zack Kassian  Holding the stick against  Tim Sestito
14:20NJD Zach Parise  Cross checking against  Andrej Sekera
2nd Period
02:27BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Tripping against  Eric Boulton
07:12NJD Bryce Salvador  Misconduct
07:12NJD Cam Janssen  Misconduct
07:12BUF Patrick Kaleta  Misconduct
07:12BUF Paul Gaustad  Misconduct
07:12BUF Cody McCormick  Roughing against  Eric Boulton
07:12NJD Eric Boulton  Boarding against  Andrej Sekera
07:12NJD Eric Boulton  Roughing against  Cody McCormick
11:42NJD Petr Sykora  Hi-sticking against  Christian Ehrhoff
13:51NJD Petr Sykora  Too many men on the ice
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodBUFNJD
1st78
2nd109
3rd66
Total2323
Team Stats
CategoryBUFNJD
Power Plays1/40/2
Hits1113
Faceoff Wins2321
Giveaways410
Takeaways57
Blocked Shots87
Penalty Minutes2630
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  • NEW JERSEY
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8C. McCormickC000126:46
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22B. BoyesR00-11018:30
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55J. HechtC00-20017:57
72L. AdamC0003013:54
81B. McNabbD0000022:08
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30R. Miller2023.87058:32
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5A. LarssonD0001020:04
8D. ZubrusR0021019:15
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29M. FayneD0121020:51
32M. TaorminaD0022020:33
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
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