BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Nathan Gerbe scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory Sunday night over New Jersey that extended the Devils' losing streak to seven games.
Ryan Miller stopped 37 shots through overtime, and all three shootout attempts - included a victory-clinching glove save on Travis Zajac.
Steve Ott extended his goal streak to three games, and Patrick Kaleta also scored for Buffalo, which won its third straight.
"I thought we played pretty solid," said Ott. "We had some ups and downs in the game. Obviously you have mistakes, that happens. All of us our guilty of a lot of mistakes out there but no team isn't."
Steve Sullivan and Mark Fayne, who forced overtime with a short-handed goal, scored for the Devils, who are 0-3-4 in their past seven. That is their longest winless streak since going 0-4-2-1 from Nov. 10-23, 2001.
The Devils' loss clinched a playoff spot for the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins and the West-leading Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday became the first teams to secure berths.
"It feels good to be able to contribute offensively," said Kaleta. "But, ultimately in the game, we have to be better. Give us a credit for being resilient and sticking with it, but we need to tighten up and be better for a full 60 minutes."
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