In-Game Notes: 3/2 vs. NJD

Pre-game
*The Sabres enter today’s game looking for their first three-game winning streak since they won five in a row from March 19 to March 27, 2012.

*Today is Buffalo’s sixth afternoon game of the season. They are 1-4-0 in the first five. The Sabres will play nine afternoon games this season, up from four in 2011-12.

*The Sabres will look to avoid their first four-game home winless streak since Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2011 (0-3-1). They haven’t lost four consecutive home games in regulation since Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, 2010.

After 1st period: NJD 0 – BUF 0
*Cody Hodgson has taken 10 faceoffs (5-for-10) today. Hodgson has led the Sabres in faceoffs taken in 19 of 21 games this season. He leads Sabres centers at 46.9 percent on the season.

*The first period was the 12th scoreless period in a Sabres game this season. Seven of those 12 took place in the first period.

*Buffalo is 5-6-1 when tied after the first period; New Jersey is 4-3-1 when tied after one.

After 2nd period: NJD 1 – BUF 1

*SCORING UPDATE: Mike Weber has been awarded an assist on Buffalo’s goal*

*With his shorthanded goal, Jason Pominville took sole possession of sixth-most shorthanded goals in franchise history (10). Pominville trails Wayne Presley by one for fifth-most.

*Pominville leads all Sabres skaters with 15 points (8+7) in 25 career games against the Devils.

*With his assist, Cody Hodgson has recorded 15 points (5+10) in his last 16 games.

*Mike Weber has assists in consecutive games for the second time this season (last: 1/29-1/31).

*Steve Ott has gone 8-for-10 on faceoffs today.

*The Sabres are out-hitting the Devils, 23-13.

*The Sabres are 6-4-0 when scoring first; the Devils are 2-5-2 when allowing the first goal.

*Buffalo is 4-4-0 when tied after the second period; New Jersey is 3-2-1 when tied after two.

Final: NJD 3 – BUF 4 (SO)

*With his 134th goal as a member of the Sabres, Jochen Hecht tied Jim Lorentz and Maxim Afinogenov for 18th-most in franchise history.

*Hecht scored his first goal since Dec. 30, 2011 at WSH.

*The Sabres improved to 4-1-0 this season when Jason Pominville records at least two points.

*Pominville leads all Sabres skaters with 16 points (9+7) in 26 career games against the Devils.

*Cody Hodgson has recorded 16 points (5+11) in his last 16 games.

*The Sabres both scored allowed a shorthanded goal tonight for the first time since 11/26/10 vs. TOR (Kaleta and Kessel).

*The Sabres improved to 3-0 this season (46-38 all-time) in the shootout.

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