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GAME STORY: Devils fall at Sabres 7-1

Devils fall to Sabres 7-1 after Sabres score five goals in opening period

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

BUFFALO, NY - The New Jersey Devils fell to the Buffalo Sabres 7-1. The Devils were unable to overcome Buffalo's five goals in the opening frame.

"First period was not close to being close enough in any area and obviously the scoreboard said it and it's unacceptable," said Head Coach John Hynes.

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The Devils lone goal came from Nico Hischier on the power play in the second period. Hischier tapped in the rebound on a shot by Sami Vatanen. The Devils finished one-for-four on the power play.

"That was a tough one tonight. It just seemed like a lot of breakdowns and every time it was it was in the back of the net," said Devils Captain Andy Greene. "We control the way we play, we control our effort, all those things. We have to be better in those areas to give ourselves a chance."

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New Jersey returns home after the game and will face the Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow night (Tuesday) at Prudential Center. The game can be seen on MSG and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 PM ET.

The Sabres first goal came from Jack Eichel seconds after a Devils penalty expired. His initial shot on goal was stopped but trickled in, giving the Sabres the lead just three minutes in.

Two minutes later Jeff Skinner's wrist shot made it 2-0 Buffalo. Conor Sheary would go on to score two goals back-to-back. Rasmus Ristolainen finished the first period scoring with a goal in the final minute. Buffalo held a 5-0 lead after the first period.

The Devils made a goaltender switch for the second period, bringing in Mackenzie Blackwood. The Sabres made it 6-0 when Victor Olofsson's one-timer beat Blackwood five minutes in the second period.

Nico Hischier got the Devils their first goal of the game on the power play. Hischier, on the doorstep, tapped in the rebound of Sami Vatanen's initial shot.

Henri Jokiharju's slap shot from the point gave the Sabres their seventh and final goal, with eight minutes left in the second period.

"It's tough, we weren't happy with the Ranger game and obviously we needed to come out here tonight with fire, we didn't and it's tough" said Greene.

The Devils will host the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night to finish this back-to-back set.

"We have a quick turnaround tomorrow, so that's something we're going to have to talk about some things quick tonight or tomorrow," said Hynes. "We have to figure out particularly, like tonight, what went on in the first period and why we came out like that."

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