National Hockey League
New Jersey 6, Buffalo 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 8, 2021
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Reid Anderson, Francis Charron
Linesmen: Kyle Flemington, James Tobias
Attendance: N/A

Pavel Zacha scored twice and Jesper Boqvist netted the tiebreaking goal in the third period as the visiting New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game winless rut with a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Off a rebound of Linus Ullmark's save on Michael McLeod's wraparound attempt, Boqvist pounced on the puck and put it in for his first goal of the season, breaking a 3-3 tie at 8:45 of the third.

New Jersey's Jack Hughes, Yegor Sharangovich and Janne Kuokkanen each had a goal and two assists. Aaron Dell made 24 saves to win for the first time in three starts for the Devils, who ended their 0-2-2 slide while playing one day after dealing veterans Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to the New York Islanders.

Victor Olofsson, Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner each scored for Buffalo, which saw its 3-0-1 stretch come to an end. Ullmark stopped 32 shots as his three-game winning streak also ended.

The Sabres scored just 53 seconds into the game. Taking a corner pass from Henri Jokiharju, Olofsson chipped the puck past Dell from the slot.

The Devils leveled the contest a little more than one minute later. On a power play, Zacha worked his way from in front of the net to score at 2:06.

Zacha came through again with the man advantage, this time on a wrister from the top of the near circle to give New Jersey a 2-1 lead just 3:47 into the contest.

The Devils entered the game converting 13 percent (14 of 108) of their power-play chances, and they scored twice with the man advantage for the first time this season.

The Devils made it 3-1 on Hughes' second-effort goal from the slot with 3:56 left in the opening period.

Buffalo got within a goal with 8:04 left in the second, when Thompson was at the right place and time on the power play. The Sabres tied it at 3-3 through Skinner with 1:39 left in the middle frame.

Following Boqvist's tiebreaker, Sharangovich and Kuokkanen each added a late insurance goal.

Buffalo's Taylor Hall, subject of trade rumors prior to Monday's league deadline, was a healthy scratch for a second consecutive contest.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Jersey   Buffalo
Jack Hughes 3 Points Victor Olofsson 1
Pavel Zacha 2 Goals Victor Olofsson 1
Jack Hughes 2 Assists Rasmus Dahlin 1
Pavel Zacha 2 Power Play Goals Tage Thompson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Aaron Dell .889 Save Percentage Linus Ullmark .865
Aaron Dell 24 Saves Linus Ullmark 32
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 38 6 2-4 2-3 6 27
Buffalo 27 3 1-3 2-4 8 25
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Washington. The Sabres have a W/L % of .222 after a win and .241 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Devils have a W/L % of .385 after a win and .375 after a loss.