Devils fall at Sabres 7-1 — GAME RECAP

Jack Eichel

Jack Eichel The Canadian Press

With the win the Sabres are now 13-10-5.

Luckily for them, the hapless New Jersey Devils visited town. You probably don't need me to point out the obvious, but by going 1-for-37, a measly 2.7% rate of success, the Sabres officially owned the league's worst power-play unit for the month of November.

Domingue was banished to the shower after his atrocious performance in the first period agains the Sabres.

Sheary ended a 19-game goal drought on a one-timer 6:57 into the first, then added his fifth of the season with 3:19 remaining in the period on a poor effort from Devils goalie Louis Domingue. Asplund tallied eight points (1G, 7A) in 13 games this season with the Rochester Amerks and fans were hoping it wouldn't take too long for him to do something with the Sabres. "We've got to figure out particularly, like, tonight what went on in the first period and why we came out like that".

"We were hot and I thought they did a good job of managing it with 5-0. We haven't been in that position before".

Conor Sheary scored twice in the first for the Sabres, who led 5-0 after one and 6-0 fewer than five minutes into the second.

That goal, Eichel's team-leading 17th, was a harbinger for the rest of the period.

The Devils mustered just six shots to the Sabres' five goals in the first period.

Sheary scored again about 10 minutes later after Domingue stopped the puck but deflected it into his net.

Jack Eichel opened the scoring for Buffalo with his 17th goal of the season.

"What we really did good was when we scored a couple goals there we just stayed with the game plan and kept going, kept going", Asplund said.

His parents, who recently flew over from Sweden, witnessed the milestone just one night before their flight back home.

"It's a relief, of course", Asplund said.

The Devils made a goaltender switch for the second period, bringing in Mackenzie Blackwood. Not that it mattered much. Buffalo's five-goal first period was its biggest outburst since it scored five against New Jersey in the second period of a 5-1 win on January 8 of last season.

Hall, 28, is generating a lot of attention from quite a few National Hockey League clubs, including the Sabres, who continue their quest to land a scoring top six forward.

"It's happening more naturally now and that does definitely free you up on the offensive side". Maybe this will be the re-spark Sheary needs as the team tries to get things back on track.

"I told Aspy I think he's going to get his tonight short-handed", Okposo said. Linus Ullmark made 44 saves.

New Jersey hadn't given up five goals in the first period of a game since February 8, 1993, when it surrendered five in the first period of an 8-5 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

"He played really well", Olofsson said. "They had a lot of good, really high-quality scoring chances". Olofsson has totaled 8 points over the last 10 games for Buffalo.

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