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So far, February is looking a lot better than January for the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres look to build on their first win in five road games Saturday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.

Buffalo (35-14-4) beat Boston 3-1 on Thursday for its first win on the road since a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Jan. 10. The win was also the Sabres' second in a row - both in a home-and-home series with the Bruins - since a season high-tying three-game losing streak.

"We found a way to get one, and it's nice to win on the road again," coach Lindy Ruff said.

Chris Drury had two goals and Martin Biron made 33 saves Thursday for Buffalo, which went 6-7-1 January - its worth month since December 2003. Still, the Sabres lead the Atlantic Division-leading Devils (31-15-6) by six points in the conference standings.

"January wasn't our best month," Biron said. "We knew that those two games were worth a lot for the (Bruins) to get back into the playoff picture, and it was up to us to respond. And I think it was like we wanted it to be."

Biron started both games against the Bruins in place of All-Star Ryan Miller. Ruff wanted to give Miller some rest, but is expected to play his starting goalie against the Devils.


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SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
07:18 CHRIS DRURY, Wrap-Around - Assists: ALES KOTALIK


PENALTY SUMMARY
1st Period
08:55 BRIERE, D. : Hooking - 2 min
13:21 KALININ, D. : Hooking - 2 min
 

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2nd Period Summary:

Goals:

NONE


Penalties:

7:06 - Maxim Afinogenov 2 minutes for hooking.
12:21 - Zach Parise 2 minutes for hooking.
15:47 - Brad Lukowich 2 minutes for tripping.
16:46 - Maxim Afinogenov 2 minutes for hooking.
 

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New Jersey defeats the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.

3rd Period Summary

Goals:

2:02 - John Madden(White,Brylin)
2:25 - Jamie Langenbrunner(Parise)
4:33 - Zach Parise (Langenbrunner,Zajac)

16:02 - Teppo Numminen (Hecht,Pominville)

Penalties:

5:11 - Adam Mair 2 minutes for high sticking.
9:33 - Maxim Afinogenov 2 minutes for hooking.
11:03 - Daniel Paille 2 minutes for hooking.
11:16 - Brian Gionta 2 minutes for hooking.


Total shots on goal:

Buffalo - 17
New Jersey - 37

NHL 3 Stars:

1 - Zach Parise
2 - Jamie Langenbrunner
3 - John Madden
 

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Devils third period flourish bests Sabres

Canadian Press
2/3/2007 10:48:29 PM


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - John Madden, Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise scored in a 2:31 span early in the third period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Martin Brodeur only had to make 15 saves as the Devils won for the seventh time in 10 games to pull within four points of the Sabres for the best record in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey has played one fewer game.

Chris Drury and Teppo Numminen scored for the Sabres, who are 4-6-1 in their last 11.

Drury scored his 30th goal of the season in the first period, and for two periods it seemed Sabres goalie Ryan Miller was going to make the tally stand up.

Miller, who made several outstanding saves, got a break after the Drury goal when there wasn't a review of a glove save that he made on Patrik Elias. The replay seemed to show that Miller made the catch behind the goal line and pulled it out of the net.

Play restarted quickly and there was never a review.

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