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Devils defeat Sabres for fourth straight win

Sweep second consecutive home-and-home series

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils won their fourth straight game when four different players scored and goaltender Cory Schneider made 21 saves in a 4-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Kyle Quincey, Nick Lappin, Kyle Palmieri and John Moore scored and Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and defenseman Damon Severson each had two assists for the Devils (8-3-3), who have four straight wins for the first time since Jan. 16-23, 2016. The Devils are 6-0-1 at home.

"Four wins in a row is huge for our confidence," Hall said. "The one thing it does do is put other teams on guard that we're a strong team. We're going to face these teams at their best, so we have to be ready for that."


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Marcus Foligno and Matt Moulson scored and Robin Lehner made 23 saves for the Sabres (5-6-4), who are 1-3-2 in their past six games.

"They're a good team over there," Lehner said. "They kept us on the outside. I felt like we got very dangerous at times, we had pressure, but I felt like we opened up a little bit too much and the counter rushes hurt us."

Foligno tied the game 1-1 at 3:41 of the second period.

Lappin gave the Devils a 2-1 lead with his second of the season off a 2-on-1 with Hall 6:11 into the second.

Video: BUF@NJD: Quincey rips a slap shot past Lehner

Palmieri made it 3-1 on a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Lehner just inside the right post to the short side at 11:17.

"Anytime you have everyone contributing it's huge," Palmieri said. "The defense has been doing a good job of getting shots through and I'm happy they're getting rewarded for it."

Moore scored his second of the season off a 2-on-1 with Henrique to give New Jersey a 4-1 lead 6:32 into the third period.

Moulson scored his sixth of the season and first at even strength to make it 4-2 at 9:43.

Quincey scored his first of the season to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 4:01 of the first. Devils defensemen have combined for eight goals in 14 games this season.

Video: BUF@NJD: Moore slips a shot through Lehner's pads


Goal of the game

Lappin controlled a saucer pass from Hall just over the stick of defenseman Justin Falk in the slot and scored.

"He's one of the most skilled players in the League so when I see him get the puck I got a pretty good feeling it is going to wind up on my stick if he's passing it," Lappin said of Hall.

Video: BUF@NJD: Lappin nets Hall's perfect feed


Save of the game

Schneider had to be alert 43 seconds into the second when the Sabres were dictating play. After hitting the post with his first attempt from the left circle, Falk picked up the rebound and sent a shot that Schneider turned away with his goal stick while on the ice.

Video: BUF@NJD: Schneider reaches back with stick, robs Falk


Highlight of the game

Palmieri's first goal in 10 games came on the night he announced a new military recognition program called "Squad21" that offers 21 active-duty or veteran service members a chance to attend a Devils home game during the regular season.

"It felt awesome to score that goal," Palmieri said. "[Saturday] was my sister [Tahrin's] birthday. I talked to her on the way to the rink today and her husband [Army Ranger Stephen Ficchi] will be deployed overseas later this month so that goal was for her and all the military members here."

Video: BUF@NJD: Palmieri unleashes a perfect wrister


Unsung moment of the game

Quincey denied the Sabres a scoring opportunity against Schneider when he blocked a pass attempt by William Carrier for Zemgus Girgensons off a 2-on-1 deep in the Devils end with 2:01 remaining in the first and New Jersey holding a 1-0 lead.


They said it

"What I like best about our team right now is our resiliency. We don't get too down or too high. There's obviously ebbs and flows throughout the game and it's important when the other team makes a big push to flip it and get the momentum back. The Sabres were really playing well to open the second and we gave up too much; it was an important lesson and maybe we'll learn from that." -- Devils captain Andy Greene


"We have to find a way to score goals. We're missing some big pieces to our lineup [but] we have to find ways to score. I thought the first 10 minutes we came out a little slow, and obviously we have to stay out of the box. [Penalties] killed all the momentum we had. It's tough to keep momentum when you're in the box." -- Sabres forward Kyle Okposo


Video: BUF@NJD: Palmieri, Devils announce "Squad21" program


Need to know

Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri missed his second straight game for personal reasons. There is no timetable for his return. … Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly, who did not play, is listed as day to day because of a mid-body injury.


What's next

Sabres: At the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Devils: At the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG+, NHL.TV)


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