(Buffalo) Michael McLeod and Miles Wood scored two goals apiece Sunday afternoon to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabers.
Wood added an assist on one of McLeod’s two goals, which gave the Devils a 4-3 lead midway through the third period.
Wood’s second goal of the game, achieved in an empty net at 19:52 of the third period, confirmed the victory of the Devils.
Andreas Johnsson also hit the target for the Devils, who avenged the shootout failure on Saturday against the same Sabers.
In his first start this season, Eric Comrie made 30 saves in front of the Devils’ net.
In the loss, defender Rasmus Ristolainen scored a goal and collected an assist.
Rasmus Dahlin and Curtis Lazar secured the other goals for the Sabers, who started the game with a 3-0-2 record in their previous five games.
Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson had two assists apiece and goaltender Carter Hutton turned away 32 of 36 shots he faced.
The Devils found the back of the net in the first minute of the game and the last minute of the first period, building a 2-0 cushion after 20 minutes.
A pass from PK Subban led to McLeod’s first goal, which was scored after just 20 seconds.
With only 17 seconds left on the throw-off, Johnsson was credited with the Devils second goal. A shot from Jesper Bratt first struck the Sabers goaltender’s shoulder, then Casey Mittelstadt’s stick before hitting Johnsson.
The Sabers tied the game with two goals scored within 72 seconds in the second period.
Lazar deflected a slap shot from Ristolainen and Dahlin followed up with his first of the season, on a power play, using a shot from the blue line.
Wood put the Devils back on the lead by scoring after a breakaway at 19:59 into the middle period.