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Pavel Zacha scores in OT to lift Devils past Sabres, 2-1

Dylan Cozens scored a power-play goal for Buffalo, and Dustin Tokarski made 37 saves.

NEWARK, N.J. — Pavel Zacha scored at 3 minutes, 9 seconds of overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Nico Daws stopped 24 shots to win in his NHL debut, and Nico Hischier had a power-play goal for New Jersey.

Dylan Cozens scored a power-play goal for Buffalo, and Dustin Tokarski made 37 saves.

Hischier tied it at 5:52 of the third period, tipping Dougie Hamilton’s errant shot past Tokarski

NOTES: New Jersey went 19-30-7 overall and 7-18-3 at home in the 2020-21 season. The Devils scored 22 power play goals on 155 power play opportunities last season.

Buffalo went 15-34-7 overall with a 7-18-3 record on the road in the 2020-21 season. Goalies for the Sabres did not record a shutout last season while compiling an .896 save percentage.

The matchup Saturday is the first meeting this season for the two teams.

INJURIES: Devils: Jonathan Bernier: day to day (lower body).

Sabres: Casey Mittelstadt: out (upper body), Cody Eakin: out (undisclosed).

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