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SABRES STICK FORK IN DEVILS AGAIN

It says on page six of the New Jersey Devils' media guide that Lou Lamoriello runs the team.

But the Buffalo Sabres own them.

The Sabres continued their dominance of the Devils, pouncing on the injury-ravaged Stanley Cup champions for a 5-1 victory Saturday night in HSBC Arena.

The Sabres scored four goals on Martin Brodeur, chasing the All-Star goaltender in the second period. In three games this season, the Sabres have outscored the Devils, 14-3, with all but one goal coming against Brodeur.

Buffalo has beaten New Jersey five straight times, holding a 22-5 margin in that span.

"We respect the New Jersey Devils very much," said defenseman Jason Woolley, who completed the scoring with a power-play goal. "Usually when we come out respecting the other team, we play pretty well. Guys prepare all day to bring their A game. Most of the nights we play against these guys, everyone pulls their weight."

New linemates Miroslav Satan and Maxim Afinogenov maintained their torrid offensive pace. Satan netted a pair of goals and added two assists, while Afinogenov had a goal and an assist. In two full games together on the top line, the pair combined for five goals and five assists.

Satan has six goals and six assists in his past seven games.

"We know he can score goals and we know he has great hands and a great shot," Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek said. "He's our best goal scorer, no doubt, and we need him to score goals like that, and all of sudden the game is easier for the whole team."

Hasek stopped 32 shots, allowing just one goal for the fourth time in his past five outings. Rob Ray scored the eventual game-winner and now has more goals than Doug Gilmour, 4-3.

The Devils, with much of their firepower absent, have gone 0-2-3-1 since the All-Star break.

"Let's call a spade a spade," Sabres coach Ruff said. "It was a huge win for us, (but) they had some key players out and you can't overlook that. That was nowhere near their strongest lineup, but we found a way to win it."

Gone from New Jersey's lineup were leading scorer Alexander Mogilny, top centers Jason Arnott and Bobby Holik and defenseman Scott Niedermayer. Third-leading scorer Petr Sykora left the game in the first period with a bruised shoulder. Several other Devils played through injuries.

A rookie making his NHL debut gave the Devils hope early, scoring a power-play goal against the NHL's top penalty-killing unit. Pierre Dagenais, called up Saturday to replace Mogilny, beat Hasek on his first shot to give the Devils the lead at 10:25 of the first period.

Satan helped the penalty killers exact revenge with an unassisted, shorthand goal to tie the score with 1:20 left in the first period.

Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski made the first of two costly mistakes when he turned the puck over and fell down in the neutral zone. Satan picked it up and, with Curtis Brown on his left, went two-on-one against Scott Stevens. Satan snapped the shot past Brodeur.

"He has definitely caught on fire," Ruff said. "Miro is a streaky goal scorer that when he does start scoring he can run six, seven or eight games and score 11 or 12 goals. I think there's been a little more tenacity in his game."

Buffalo abused Rafalski again in the second and Satan again was the benefactor. Afinogenov intercepted a Rafalski pass deep in the New Jersey zone passed to Satan for a one-timer in the slot.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," Devils coach Larry Robinson said.

The goal made Satan the Sabres' first 20-goal scorer this season, leaving four NHL teams -- Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville and the New York Islanders -- without one. It also gave Satan just his second two-goal outing and his first in 25 games.

Afinogenov scored the knockout blow on Brodeur 2:11 later with help from a Barnes screen.

"Max, I think there's signs, that he's becoming more of a complete player," Ruff said. "He's using other players and still has the opportunity to score the highlight reel goals."

Brodeur stopped 14 shots in 33:27 to drop to 26-12-11.

"I felt kind good about it," Brodeur said of getting pulled. "The way the third one went in, I knew it was time to get me out."

Woolley made sure replacement Chris Terreri didn't leave unscathed. Woolley gave the Sabres their second five-goal game since the All-Star break with a power-play tally at 14:25 of the third period.

The Sabres entered the game having converted 1 of 22 power-play opportunities, but they went 2 for 4 against the Devils.

Brown and Ray hustled a goal out of the Devils to take a 2-1 lead at 3:31 of the second period.

Moments after some chippiness between Ray and Willie Mitchell, the New Jersey defenseman botched a pass and had to chase it down in his own zone. Brown dragged Mitchell down, took the puck behind the Devils' net and fed Ray for the point-blank score.

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