Mittelstadt breaks tie in third period for Sabres in win against Devils

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NEWARK, N.J. — Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Dahlin each had a goal and an assist for the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

Mittelstadt scored a power-play goal with a tip-in from the slot at 10:20 of the third period to give the Sabres a 4-3 lead. Dahlin made the winner possible after he kept the puck inside the blue line at the point before passing to Mittelstadt from the right face-off circle.

Buffalo (9-23-6) extended its point streak to five games (3-0-2) and is 3-0-1 since an NHL shootout-era record 18 games without a win (0-15-3) ended with a 6-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 31. Linus Ullmark made 27 saves.

Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist, and Scott Wedgewood made 13 saves for the Devils (13-18-6), who are 0-2-2 in their past four games. 

Rasmus Ristolainen scored an empty-net goal at 18:29 of the third period for the 5-3 final.

Damon Severson gave the Devils a 1-0 lead off a rebound from the high slot at 4:22 of the first period. Tyce Thompson had the primary assist in his NHL debut.

Rasmus Asplund scored on a shot from the right face-off circle after taking a pass from Mittelstadt to tie it 1-1 at 9:56. Mittelstadt extended his point streak to four games (three goals, two assists).

Brandon Montour scored on a snap shot from the right face-off circle to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead at 19:17. Tage Thompson, Tyce’s older brother, had the primary assist.

Bratt tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal when the puck deflected off his skate at the right post at 19:59. The goal ended an 0-for-16 stretch on the power play for New Jersey.

Zacha gave the Devils a 3-2 lead when he scored on his own rebound while falling to one knee at the right post at 11:03 of the second period.

Dahlin scored on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle for the Sabres to tie it 3-3 at 15:19.

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