Comrie gets first NHL win in almost three years to help Devils top Sabres

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BUFFALO — Eric Comrie made 30 saves for his first NHL win in almost three years to help the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Sunday.

Miles Wood had two goals and an assist, and Michael McLeod scored twice for the Devils (4-3-2), who had lost three straight (0-2-1), including 4-3 in a shootout here on Saturday.

It was Comrie’s first NHL game since Dec. 15, 2019 with the Detroit Red Wings and his first win since March 20, 2018, when he was with the Winnipeg Jets.

Rasmus Ristolainen had a goal and an assist, and Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson each had two assists for the Sabres (4-4-2). Carter Hutton made 32 saves in his first appearance since Jan. 19.

McLeod scored on a breakaway to give the Devils a 1-0 lead 20 seconds into the first period.

Andreas Johnsson made it 2-0 with 17 seconds left in the period. Hutton made the save on Jesper Bratt‘s initial shot but Johnsson lifted the rebound behind Hutton.

Curtis Lazar cut it to 2-1 when he tipped in Ristolainen’s point shot at 14:11 of the second period. Rasmus Dahlin tied it 2-2 on the power play with a point shot past Comrie at 15:23.

Wood gave the Devils a 3-2 lead with one second remaining in the second period, scoring on the rebound of his own shot from the bottom of the left circle. 

Ristolainen scored on the power play at 3:53 of the third to tie it 3-3. 

McLeod made it 4-3 at 10:40 with his second of the game on a shot from in front.

Wood scored his second into an empty net at 19:52 for the 5-3 final.

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