Rapid Reaction: Devils 3, Sabres 1
December, 28, 2011
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
What it means: Veteran Petr Sykora, who made the Devils' squad as a training camp tryout, continues to make the most of his second stint with New Jersey. The 35-year-old winger tallied twice for the Devils, who held onto a third-period lead for their 3-1 win over the Sabres. It was Sykora's first two-goal game since Jan. 28, 2009, against the Rangers. Captain Zach Parise also deflected Mark Fayne's point shot for his 12th goal of the season.
Sykora slips one past: Sprung up the middle by a razor-sharp pass from goaltender Martin Brodeur, Sykora finished on the other end for his first goal of the night. Sykora’s shot clipped Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr and trickled past a diving Ryan Miller for a 1-0 Devils lead at 9:52 of the first period. Patrik Elias was also credited with an assist on the play.
3 for 30: With a secondary assist on Sykora’s goal, Brodeur picked up his third assist of the season and 39th of his career.
Another assist for “A”: Elias recorded his second assist of the night on Sykora’s second-period marker, making a nice feed to find Sykora in the slot for a 2-0 lead at 1:26. Elias leads the Devils in scoring with a team-high 13 goals and 19 assists.
Devils in double-digits: With Sykora’s two-goal effort, the Devils now have seven players -- Sykora, Parise, Elias, Clarkson, Zubrus, Henrique and Kovalchuk -- who have scored ten goals or more.
Second-period scrum: Three Devils went to the box after a heated scrum at 7:12 in the second. The tussle was sparked by Eric Boulton’s hit on Andrej Sekera. Boulton was then jumped by Cody McCormick while Patrick Kaleta went after Devils rookie Adam Larsson. Bryce Salvador and Cam Janssen both joined the fray, which resulted in 46 penalty minutes. The Sabres scored on the power-play that followed.
No goal: Although Sabres rookie Luke Adam deflected in a point shot during the second period, a video review upheld the initial call on the ice -- a no goal.
Up Next: Devils at Penguins, Saturday at 3 p.m.