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Devils win streak comes to an end in OT loss to Buffalo

10 Takeaways: New Jersey falls to the Sabres 4-3 in OT

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein / newjerseydevils.com

The win streak is over for the New Jersey Devils.
 
The Devils lost their final game of a six-game homestand, 4-3, in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night after letting a two-goal lead slip away. The overtime loss marked the first time during the team's current six-game homestand that the Devils failed to pick up two points in a game.

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. Cory Schneider got a season-high eighth straight start in net. The Devils' netminder went 5-0-1 on the team's six-game homestand and is 6-0-2 in his eight straight starts. On Friday night, Schneider stopped 23 of 26 shots he faced in regulation, and made another three in overtime.

2. Miles Wood scored the opening goal of the game at 13:35 of the first period. His 10th of the year was assisted by Stefan Noesen and Pavel Zacha. Wood, Noesen and Zacha all crashed the Buffalo crease and Wood tipped the puck home for the opening goal.

Tweet from @NJDevils: The puck didn't have to travel too many Miles to give the #NJDevils a 1-0 lead. #BUFvsNJD pic.twitter.com/PORBOu8W16

3. The Sabres evened the score at one at 5:27 of the second period when a former Devil scored against his old team. Jacob Josefson scored a breakaway goal on Schneider for just his 20th NHL goal in 290 games.

4. The tie game in the second period wouldn't last long, as Marcus Johansson scored his fifth of the season off a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Sami Vatanen. The Devils took a 2-1 lead on the goal at 8:34 of the second. Vatanen picked up the primary assist, while Nico Hischier had the secondary assist. Hischier now has 24 points this season, and is tied with Jesper Bratt for second in the team points lead, with Taylor Hall leading the charge with 36 points.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Tic-Tac-MoJo. #BUFvsNJD pic.twitter.com/ATe1gWSKTi

5. John Moore scored his fifth goal of the season, when he took a shot from the left point that cleanly beat Buffalo netminder Robin Lehner. The goal came with just 5:05 to play in the second period, and was assisted on by Brian Gibbons.

Tweet from @NJDevils: No Moore Mr. Nice Guy. ����#BUFvsNJD pic.twitter.com/LVh8z1FA79

6. The penalty kill is a force to be reckoned with. During the six-game homestand, the Devils have killed off 16 of 18 penalties. And in their past nine games the Devils have killed off 25 of 27 opportunities.

7. New Jersey is 8-1-4 against Atlantic Division opponents and 11-4-4 versus the Eastern Conference this season.

8. Devils win streak ends at five games after going 5-0-1 on their homestand.

9. Despite only giving up three shots to the Sabres in the second period, the Devils ended up fairly even with their opponents in the shot department. They finished the game with 38 shots on Lehner, while Schneider faced 29 from Buffalo.

10. The Devils have a quick turnover, as they travel to Washington to play the Capitals on Saturday night, their final game of 2017. Saturday's game is the first of a four-game road trip leading into the team's bye week.

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