Toronto, Canada – BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - The Buffalo Sabres snapped out of a four-game slide with a 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils Wednesday.
Sabres netminder Ryan Miller had 39 saves and stopped two shots in the shootout as Buffalo (31-14-7) pulled within a point of the Devils for second place in the Eastern Conference.
Adam Mair put the home team in front with a tip-in at 14:14 in the first period before New Jersey winger Brian Rolston tied the game with his 16th goal of the season at 14:51 in the second.
Both teams were held scoreless through the third and overtime.
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur finished with 30 saves but fell short in the shootout as the Devils (34-16-2) lost for the sixth time in eight games.
"We did a good job of creating opportunities, but we didn't finish," said Langenbrunner. "(Miller) bailed them out of a few situations."
The goaltending matchup was a potential preview of next month's Vancouver Olympics where Miller and Brodeur are expected to start for the United States and Canada.
The Sabres' red-hot center Tim Connolly entered the game with a career-high 16-game points streak but failed to extend the mark.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)