By Brian Harris
The Devils hosted the bottom-dwelling Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at Prudential Center and csme away with a hard-earned 1-0 win in overtime thanks to a goal by Jersey winger Steve Bernier in the final minute of overtime.
The game was hard hitting and physical thoughtout and the tone was set by a fight in the first two minutes of the game between Ryan Carter of the Devils and Sabre winger Macrus Foligno, which saw Carter get floored by a left hook and was helped off the ice and didn’t return to the game.
Afterward, New Jersey coach Peter Deboer said that he didn’t have an update yet on the condition of Carter but that he was optimistic on his status.
“I think he’s going to be all right,” DeBoer said in the post-game presser.
Helping the Devils secure the all-important three points was goalie Cory Schneider, who stopped all 15 of Buffalo’s shots on net, earning the first star of the game and his second shutout of the season.
After the game, Schneider talked about the mindset of the team going into tonight’s game.
“We knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy game and we had to be patient,” Schneider said.
Devils’ assistant captain Travis Zajac also talked after the game about the importance of the win tonight.
“You got to win and get any points you can,” Zajac said.
The Devils’ next game is on Monday in Montreal against the Canadiens at 7:30 PM