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Dumont Rallies in Win

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
JP Dumont didn't need to have a discussion with Lindy Ruff about his play. The Montreal, Quebec native was so disappointed with his performance against Ottawa on Sunday night that he played with a vengeance against New Jersey on Wednesday.

Dumont recorded a goal and an assist and 23 shifts on the ice as Buffalo defeated the Devils 4-1 at HSBC Arena.

"I didn't like the way I played against Ottawa," said Dumont. "That's not my game. Nobody was satisfied with that game, and we stepped up tonight."

"His game was almost where it needed to be tonight," stated head coach Lindy Ruff of Dumont's play. "It was a lot better from a puck handling and skating standpoint. If he can build off that performance, it's going to make us a lot better team."

The Sabres broke their 11-game winless streak at home against New Jersey with four unanswered goals starting with Dumont's in the first. The last time Buffalo had won against in HSBC Arena was January 12, 2002.

"It feels really good, especially with the game that we played out there," said Dumont referring to Buffalo's 3-2 loss to the Devils on October 28. "It just took any goal to get the team going. We did all the little things right tonight."

Scott Gomez gave New Jersey the early 1-0 lead as he collected a rebound that had skipped over Martin Biron, spun and fired for his fourth of the season.

"We knew we were going to win tonight," said Dumont. "The energy was in the room."

"That performance was like the Toronto and Carolina games which is what we expect," said Ruff of the team as a whole. "We didn't make sloppy turnovers and only gave up one three-on-one, which Teppo (Numminen) defended really well."

Dumont, who skated with Tim Connolly and Ales Kotalik for the first time this season, tied the contest with a pinpoint one-timer that cleared Martin Brodeur's shoulder by an barely an inch. The goal broke a three-game scoreless streak for Dumont.

Campbell gave Buffalo the lead, moving up from his point position on the power-play to the left face-off circle before receiving a pass from Chris Drury, who was behind the net.

After a five-game scoreless stretch on the power play earlier in the season, Buffalo has now converted on at least one man-advantage opportunity in 11 of the last 12 games and has seen their league ranking rise to fifth overall coming into the contest.

Drury and Daniel Briere each scored in the third to extend Buffalo's lead to three.

Buffalo will next face the Washington Capitals in HSBC Arena on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and the contest is a Value game.
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Period 1
0-1 (6:48): Scott Gomez collected a loose puck just feet in front of the net, spun and beat Martin Biron to give New Jersey the early lead. Biron got a glove on the shot, just not enough. Zach Parise and Grant Marshall record the assists.

1-1 (9:59): JP Dumont one-times a pass from Tim Connolly from the high slot that finds the back of the net and ties the at one. The shot cleared Martin Brodeur's shoulder by about an inch. The goal is Dumont's sixth of the season. Connolly and Ales Kotalik get the helpers.

Period 2
2-1 (7:14): Brian Campbell's one-timer from the left face-off circle beats Martin Brodeur on the short side. Campbell moved up from his position on the point to receive the pass from Chris Drury, who was behind the net. The marker was the first power-play goal of the game and just the second of Campbell's season. Drury and JP Dumont record the assists.

Period 3
3-1 (8:01): Chris Drury scores second goal in three games, snapping a wrist shot over Martin Brodeur, who was laying flat on his back after coming out of the crease to challenge Mike Grier's offering. Grier and Derek Roy get the helpers.

4-1 (18:30): Daniel Briere carries the puck into New Jersey's zone and snaps a wrist shot high over Martin Brodeur's glove. Paul Gaustad and Jochen Hecht record the assists.
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