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Game 4 Live Game Blog: Devils at Buffalo Sabres, 10/13/10

Ilya Kovalchuk’s first goal of the season gave the Devils a 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight at the HSBC Center.

Rookie defenseman Matt Taormina began the play, causing a turnover in the Sabres zone. He passed the puck to Kovalchuk, who went to one knee and blasted a slapshot from the left circle. The puck hit off the crossbar and found the back of the net for the game-winning goal.

The Devils outshot the Sabres, 10-6, in the third period. They lead in shots, 32-22.

Miller answered with another nice save at 5:10 of the period. Langenbrunner received the puck on the doorstep, but Miller stacked the pads and made the save.

Brodeur made two nice saves to keep the game scoreless at 13:38 of the third period. Thomas Vanek took a sharp-angle shot that Brodeur saved. He left a rebound that was whacked at the net, and Brodeur turned that attempt away.

So far tonight, Brodeur has made 20 saves.

The Devils lead the third period in shots, 6-2. They’ve put 32 shots on Miller tonight.

The Devils have created some great chances in this period. Adam Mair almost burned his former team, but sent a one-timer wide of Miller at 2:52 of the period.

The Sabres almost scored a fluke goal only 53 seconds into the period. Dainius Zubrus came off the ice on a bad line change, giving Buffalo a 3-on-2 opportunity. Roy sent the puck towards the net, and Brodeur had to dive to his right as the puck bounced wide of the net.

Buffalo outshot the Devils, 15-11, in the second period. Devils still lead in shots, 26-16.

Interesting stat: The Devils and Sabres combined for three goals or less in three of the four meetings last season.

The Devils are 0-for-3 on the powerplay tonight. They’ve created some great chances, but in a scoreless game, those missed opportunities get frustrating.

Buffalo is outshooting the Devils, 9-5, at 10:28 in the second period.

Martin Brodeur just made a great save at 16:09 of the second period to keep the game scoreless. Derek Roy was able to drive around Devils’ defenseman Andy Greene, and chipped a puck on net. Roy then collected the rebound and put another shot on Brodeur, but the Devils’ goalie stuck the right pad out and made the save.

The Sabres have come out with more jump in this period, and Brodeur has made some great saves to keep this a scoreless game.

The Devils did everything but score in the first period. They outshot the Sabres, 15-2, but Miller was there to make several big saves. As Ken Daneyko just said on the intermission report, that was the Devils best period of hockey this season. But it will be important to see if the Devils can carry this effort. The team has struggled to give a consistent effort for 60 minutes, and it’s one of the reasons why the Devils still lack a win.

Mark Fraser and Cody McCormick dropped the gloves at 12:18 of the first period. Both McCormick and Patrick Kaleta hit Fraser high earlier in the period, and Kaleta went off for a charging penalty. Both landed some good punches, but neither went down and the fight ended in a draw.

The Devils are 0-for-2 on the PP tonight, but it isn’t a lack of chances that’s kept them off the scoreboard. During the Devils last PP opportunity, the team created several chances in front, but Ryan Miller and the penalty killers stood tall and thwarted the Devils opportunities.

Andrej Sekera almost gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 12:54 of the first period. Sekera held the puck at the point and faked the shot, getting a Devil to go to the ice. He then ripped a shot on net through a screen, but it rang off the left post.

Early in the first period, the Devils lead the shot category, 6-0. John MacLean ripped into the team for being laissez-faire and not having an air of professionalism. It seems like the team has responded to that criticism.

Here were the starting lineups:

DEVILS

Dainius Zubrus – Adam Mair – David Clarkson; Henrik Tallinder – Andy Greene; Martin Brodeur

SABRES

Jochen Hecht – Derek Roy – Drew Stafford; Jordan Leopold – Steve Montador; Ryan Miller

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The Devils are looking for their first win of the season. The team will only have 16 skaters dressed for tonight because of injuries to Anton Volchenkov (neck, broken nose) and Brian Rolston (sports hernia). Rolston will undergo surgery Thursday to fix the hernia, and will be placed on injured reserve. The Devils will have a full compliment of skaters for Friday’s game against Colorado.

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