NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Patrik Elias did nothing fancy on his game-winning score in the shootout.
"I had it in my mind to just let it go, don't try to make any moves," Elias said.
"I just tried to move him across," Elias said. "It went right under the blocker and right inside the post."
The score by Elias decided a hard-fought game.
"It was a game in which both teams didn't want to give up much," said Devils coach Brent Sutter. "It's always disappointing giving up a goal in the last two or three minutes of a hockey game, but we found a way to win. All points are big, any way you look at it."
|The Sabres Patrick Kaleta, right, falls over the Devils Vitaly Vishnevski and goaltender Martin Brodeur during the third period of the Devils' 2-1 shootout victory in Newark on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)|
In regulation, Andy Greene scored a first-period power play goal for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils who won for the 10th time in their last 11 games at the Prudential Center.
The latest victory came at the expense of the skidding Sabres, who dropped their seventh straight. It is Buffalo's worst slump since a seven-game losing streak Dec. 4-19, 2003.
"We didn't give up," said Jason Pominville who scored for the Sabres with 1:47 remaining to force the overtime. "We capitalized which was good to see. There is no quit in this team. That's a good sign. We just have to keep working hard."
On the tying goal, Jochen Hecht threw a lead pass to MacArthur who cut to the Devils net. When Brodeur shifted to confront the puck carrier, MacArthur slid the puck across the slot to Pominville for the tap-in goal.
The late goal energized the Sabres in the overtime as they had the better chances and almost pulled out the win there when Vanek hit the post on the wide-open right side of the net.
Back in the first period, Greene scored at 16:23. The defenseman barreled in from the point to the left circle, took a perfectly timed feed from Elias in the right corner and drilled a shot past Miller. Greene, who had last scored in the second game of the season, got his second goal of the campaign.
New Jersey dominated the opening period, outshooting Buffalo 11-5. The Sabres were more competitive in the scoreless second period with a 9-5 edge in shots, forcing Brodeur to make a pair of stellar stops to preserve the shutout. He robbed Kotalik, snaring his shot from the slot with a dazzling glove save, before making a diving stop on Henrik Tallinder's point shot.
Notes: Devils LW Jay Pandolfo, out since crashing into the end boards here on Nov. 28, has resumed skating but no timetable has been set for his return. D Karel Rachunek, seven games missed with an ankle injury, has also resumed skating. G Kevin Weekes backed up Brodeur despite pulling a leg muscle late in the Devils 4-3 loss to the Bruins on Saturday. It was Weekes' first start since Dec. 10. ... Miller extended his string of consecutive starts to 15. ... The banged-up Sabres were missing three regulars: C Derek Roy (shoulder), LW Daniel Paille (concussion), RW Maxim Afinogenov (groin). To fill the gap, Buffalo called up winger Patrick Kaleta from Rochester (AHL).
|PPG - Andy Greene (2) ASST: Patrik Elias (15), Mike Mottau (9)|
1 - 0 NJD
|Jason Pominville (10) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (2), Jochen Hecht (11)|
1 - 1 Tie
|1||C. MacArthur||Z. Parise||0 - 0|
|2||A. Kotalik||B. Gionta||1 - 1|
|3||T. Vanek||P. Elias||1 - 2|
|Mike Mottau Hooking against Clarke MacArthur|
|Toni Lydman Interference against Zach Parise|
|Andrew Peters Boarding against David Clarkson|
|Patrick Kaleta Interference on goalkeeper against Martin Brodeur|