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Curse Of PB & Gelly Looms As Devils Lose To Sabres

Buffalo, N.Y. - The New Jersey Devils took on the Buffalo Sabres for the second time this season, the Devils won the first game 1-0 in overtime.

But the Devils would not have the best of luck in this game as they gave up two power play goals en route to a 2-1 loss.

Sabres and Team USA goaltender Ryan Miller played very well, making 21 saves. Cory Schneider was not far behind him with 20, but the two power play goals put an end to his hopes of a victory.

Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Michael Ryder (17) scores a goal during the third period on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats New Jersey 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Moulson scored the first at 19:29 in the second period on a lazy tripping penalty by Andrei Loktionov. The penalty kill unit failed to clear a puck in front of the net, Moulson just cleaned up the garbage.

Former Devil Matt D’Agostini sealed the game with his first goal as a Sabre. It was a similar play where he cleaned up garbage that the Devils failed to clear. Neither goal could have been blamed on Schneider, who made impressive initial saves.

Michael Ryder scored the lone Devils goal, tying the team lead with 13. He originally scored minutes beforehand, but it was blown dead because Dainius Zubrus seemed to be injured after taking an elbow to the head from Tyler Myers during a Devils power play.

The play should be reviewed by the NHL because replay showed that Myers jumped and lunged at Zubrus’ head. Myers was charged with a minor penalty, resulting in a 5-on-3.

Regardless, Ryder got the goal he deserved on that same 5-on-3.

But that was all she wrote as the Devils could not beat Miller again, dropping their second game in as many days.

The Devils took many bonehead penalties, especially the interference call on Jon Merrill with just over three minutes remaining.

On a Sabre breakout, Merrill hit a player in the face as he was skating through the neutral zone, causing a minor penalty. The two-minute minor eclipsed the Devils dreams of any late game heroics.

Merrill was kept up in the NHL, while Eric Gelinas was sent down to Albany Sunday afternoon. The Devils are now 1-6-3 without Gelly on the ice, instead of 16-12-5 with him.

But there just was not enough room with Salvador and now Anton Volchenkov returning from injuries, and once Adam Larsson returns Merill will be sent back down too.

The Devils play their next game at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, a game they need to win.

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