Overtime continued to be a problem for the Buffalo Sabres as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils Friday night before 18,301 in KeyBank Center.
Defenseman Andy Greene scored on a penalty shot at 29 seconds of OT after being hooked on a breakaway by Evander Kane. Greene beat Anders Nilsson between the legs in a tough finish for the Buffalo goalie, who made 41 saves.
The Devils extended Buffalo's woes past 60 minutes to 0-4 on the season. The Sabres are winless in their last three games (0-1-2) and are just 1-3-2 at home this year. The Devils improved to 2-3-2 on the road.
Injury trouble I: Winger Tyler Ennis, thought to be out two to three weeks, could miss up to two months after undergoing surgery for a double sports hernia, a source told The News Friday night. The team announced the groin surgery for Ennis on Thursday.
Former Sabres center Daniel Briere underwent sports hernia surgery in December 2005. He didn’t return until March 2006. Ennis, who had been playing through pain, has one goal and two points in 12 games. He played only 23 games last season due to concussion problems and scored only three goals.
Injury trouble II: Center Ryan O'Reilly, who sat out Wednesday's game against Ottawa with what the team termed a minor injury, played 15:41 but left the game early in the third period and did not return.
MM on the PP: Matt Moulson put the Sabres in front at 10:34 of the first period, driving a home a quick shot to the top corner from in tight after strong work down low from Kyle Okposo and O'Reilly. It was Moulson's fifth goal of the season, all on the power play. That ties him with Winnipeg rookie sensation Patrik Laine and Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds for the NHL lead.
On the penalty kill: The Sabres ran into trouble late in the second period as three different defensemen were whistled for infractions over the final 5 1/2 minutes. Josh Gorges and Rasmus Ristolainen were both in the box and the Devils had a two-man advantage for 85 seconds but couldn't get the tying goal.
More good PK work: The Sabres also survived late in the third period when Kane was nailed with a double minor for high sticking. Nilsson's best save came as Taylor Hall walked in alone.
Devilish against New Jersey: Nilsson came into the game with a 4-1 lifetime record against the Devils with one shutout in six games and a 1.28 goals-against average.
Tying goal: Nilsson made four saves on a third-period penalty kill but the Devils finally broke through at 3:13 of the third when rookie Yohann Auvitu scored with a screened shot from the left point that caught the top corner on Nilsson's glove side.
Milestone Watch: It was defenseman Jake McCabe's 100th NHL game and O'Reilly's assist on the Moulson goal was the 200th of his NHL career.
Celebrity sighting: Sabres Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek was in the house, sitting in owner Terry Pegula's box. Hasek waved to the crowd and got a big reaction when he appeared on the jumbotron during the second period. Most fans immediately recognized him even though Hasek was not acknowledged on the public-address system. Hasek was wearing his Hall of Fame jacket; the new Hall class featuring Eric Lindros, Sergei Markarov and Rogie Vachon is inducted Monday in Toronto.
Up next: The Sabres and Devils meet again Saturday night at 7 in Newark's Prudential Center. The Sabres return home right after that game, take Sunday off and practice here Monday before heading to St. Louis to meet the Blues Tuesday in Scottrade Center.
(News Sports Reporter John Vogl contributed to this report)