The New Jersey Devils finally got to feel what it is like to win again in a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center on Thursday night. New Jersey got late third period goals from Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias and then Elias and David Clarkson scored in the shootout to seal the victory.
"I'm glad we stuck with it and got the goals," said Elias, whose first word to the media was 'finally.'
The Devils' winless streak has coincided with Martin Brodeur being sidelined with a sore back. Hedberg had 23 saves in ending the slide as New Jersey improved to 11-8-5 on the season holding 7th place in the eastern conference.
Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder (lower body) and Adam Larsson (healthy) were scratched and Peter Harrold and Anton Volchenkov replaced them. It was Harrold's second game this season, while Volchenkov had been a healthy scratch for four straight. Tom Kostopoulos made his Devils debut after being claimed on waivers from Pittsburgh.
“I felt pretty good,” Kostopoulos said. “All the guys talked to me, the coaches talked me through all the systems. I felt pretty comfortable out there and the two guys I was playing with – Carter and Gionta – are pretty easy to play with, both smart and hard-working guys.”
New Jersey looks to continue and get another win on Saturday night as they travel to Carolina for a match-up with the Hurricanes at 7 p.m.