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At The Final Horn: Sabres 5 - Devils 3

Dahlin, Mittelstadt record multi-point games in road victory

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Casey Mittelstadt's power-play goal midway through the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Tuesday at Prudential Center. 

Rasmus Asplund, Brandon Montour, Rasmus Dahlin and Rasmus Ristolainen also scored for Buffalo.

With a goal and an assist, Mittelstadt extended his point streak to four games (3+2). Dahlin also recorded a multi-point game (1+1).

Linus Ullmark made 27 saves. 

Buffalo now has points in five games in a row. They're 3-0-2 over that stretch.

Damon Severson, Jesper Bratt and Pavel Zacha scored for the Devils. Scott Wedgewood stopped 13 shots.


What happened

The Devils struck first when Damon Severson knocked in a rebound on a shot by Tyce Thompson 4:21 into the match.

At the 9:56 mark, Asplund tied things up after Casey Mittelstadt set him up as the result of a turnover. 

Asplund has four goals in 10 games this season. 

The Sabres took the lead with 42.9 left in the first when Montour jumped into the play off a faceoff win and his shot from the slot beat Wedgewood for his fourth goal in five games.  

Just before time expired in the first period, New Jersey tied the game at 2 with Montour in the penalty box. Zacha's shot from the left faceoff circle deflected off Travis Zajac's stick at the top of the crease and then in off Bratt. 

Ullmark made a tremendous pad save on Zacha with 8:57 remaining in the second period, but falling over, Zacha scored on the rebound to put New Jersey ahead 3-2. 

Dahlin scored his third of the year when he stepped up with confidence and wired a shot past Wedgewood with 4:41 left in the second to even the score.

Mittelstadt scored on the power play with 9:40 remaining in the third period to put Buffalo in the lead after Dahlin made a great play to keep the play alive at the blue line. 
Ristolainen added an empty netter with 1:31 left in regulation. 

Roll the highlight film

Here's Dahlin's game-tying goal:

Video: BUF@NJD: Dahlin wires home wrister past Wedgewood

And let's take a look at the GWG:

Video: BUF@NJD: Mittelstadt taps home Dahlin's feed for PPG


Worth mentioning

-Three Sabres with the first name of Rasmus scored in the game.

-With the NHL Trade Deadline set for Monday at 3 p.m., forward Taylor Hall was held out of Tuesday's game. Buffalo played the game with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. 

-Tyce Thompson, previously mentioned, is the brother of Sabres forward Tage Thompson and made his NHL debut on Tuesday. 

Their dad Brent, the head coach of AHL Bridgeport, joined Brian Duff and Martin Biron on the pregame show:

Video: Tage Thompson's dad Brent on the pregame show

Both Thompsons recorded assists in the game.

Coming up

The home-and-home series wraps up Thursday night at KeyBank Center. Buffalo will host New Jersey at 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550. Pregame coverage on MSG will begin at 6:30. 

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