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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Right winger Matt D'Agostini scored with 8:11 remaining to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

The winning goal came on the power play on a rebound opportunity near the Devils' net. After Sabres captain Steve Ott rushed toward the net, D'Agostini sent a backhand shot high above Schneider on the ensuing rebound.

It was D'Agostini's first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Sabres. D'Agostini was acquired off waivers from Pittsburgh in late November.

Left winger Matt Moulson also scored for Buffalo (12-26-4). Goalie Ryan Miller had 21 saves.

Right winger Michael Ryder scored for the Devils (17-18-8). Goalie Cory Schneider had 20 saves.

Ryder tied the game at 1-1 7:46 into the third period with the Devils holding a two-man advantage. Ryder beat Miller from inside the left circle with a quick shot to the short side.

The Devils got the 5-on-3 opportunity after the Sabres were caught with too many men on the ice and defenseman Tyler Myers was penalized for an illegal hit to the head on Devils right winger Dainius Zubrus. Myers clearly hit Zubrus in the head on a physical check along the boards.

New Jersey appeared to make it 1-1 moments before Ryder's goal but the play was called back due to the Sabres touching the puck on a delayed penalty.

Moulson broke the scoreless deadlock with 31 seconds left in the second period by pouncing on a rebound in front of the New Jersey net. With the Sabres on the power play, center Tyler Ennis skated hard around the Devils net to attempt a wrap-around and was stopped by Schneider. The rebound fell to Moulson, who converted for his team-leading 14th goal of the year.

Both teams got off to a slow start, combining for just 11 shots through the first 20 minutes. New Jersey's best attempt through 40 minutes came on a shorthanded 2-on-0 rush up ice with under five minutes left in the second but center Adam Henrique's shot was stopped by Miller.

NOTES: This was the first game with the Sabres for C Zenon Konopka, who was claimed off waivers by Buffalo on Friday. Konopka, 33, joined the Sabres from the Minnesota Wild. Buffalo is Konopka's seventh NHL team in his career. Coming into the game, he had 29 points in 323 NHL games. ... LW Patrick Elias, RW Cam Janssen and C Jacob Josefson were scratched for the Devils. ... RW Drew Stafford, LW Ville Leino and D Alexander Sulzer were scratched for the Sabres. Stafford suffered an upper-body injury in Buffalo's Thursday night loss to the Wild. ... This was the second of three meetings between the two teams this year.
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