Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Greene Turns on Red Light

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Greene Turns on Red Light

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Shot after shot was taken. Power play after power play, including a lengthy 5-on-3 in the second period and a four- minute chance in the third period, were attempted.

Still, the Devils, who outshot the Sabres, 18-5, in the third period and finished with a season-high 43 shots, needed overtime to for a 2-1 victory, their season-high third straight win.

Ironically, captain Andy Greene won the game on his penalty shot that trickled through goalie Anders Nilsson 29 seconds into overtime after he was held by Evander Kane to deny a breakaway chance.

The Devils (7-3-3) were 0-for-6 on the power play, albeit with 14 shots, and are now 0-for-15 over the past four games.

Keith Kinkaid stopped 25 shots for his second win of the season while Nilsson made 41 saves for the Sabres (5-5-4).

The teams play again tonight at Prudential Center.

Nilsson came into Friday night's game with a 4-1-0 career record against the Devils in six appearances, with one shutout, a 1.28 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage.

But Yohann Auvitu, the 27-year-old French rookie who played the past eight seasons in the Finnish Elite League and was named that circuit's top defenseman last season, ended Nilsson's shutout bid at 3:13 of the third period, sending in a wrist shot from the left point that got through traffic.

The Sabres' No. 1, Robin Lehner, will oppose Cory Schneider in the rematch.

With a difficult four-game road swing starting Tuesday at Dallas, the Devils need to accumulate whatever points they can earn.

"It's not necessarily that we have a team back to back for our game," Devils coach John Hynes said. "We're still under the 20-game mark, so we're still trying to build a consistency level. We're still trying to build our identity."

Left wing Mike Cammalleri was a late scratch from the Devils' lineup for what the team termed a personal reason. As a result, right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, a healthy scratch the three previous games, was re-inserted into the lineup and he was put on Jacob Josefson's third line. …

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