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November 19, 2002
Game 16: Devils beat Sabres, 4-3 in OT!

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in overtime in New Jersey on Tuesday, November 19, 2002.

    Curtis Brown gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead 9:43 into the first period on a 5 on 3 power-play.

    The first period ended with the Sabres leading the Devils, 1-0.   The shots were even, 8-8, in the period.

    Chris Gratton beat Brodeur on the power-play at 12:51 of the second period to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead.

    The second period ended with the Sabres leading the Devils, 2-0.   The Sabres also outshot the Devils 14-9 in the period.

    Oleg Tverdovsky got the Devils on the board at 2:52 of the third period on the power-play to get the Devils within one goal.   Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Brylin got assists on Tverdovsky's first goal of the season.

    John Madden got a breakaway after leaving the penalty box and was able to beat Ryan Miller at 9:35 of the second period to tie the game, 2-2.   Jeff Friesen got the only assist on Madden's sixth goal of the season.

    Jeff Friesen beat Miller at 10:41 of the third to give the Devils their first lead of the game.   Friesen's third goal of the season was assisted by Craig Darby (his first as a Devil) and Scott Gomez.

    J.P. Dumont tied the game at 14:50 of the third.

    Regulation time ended with the game tied, 3-3.   The Sabres outshot the Devils 12-6 in the third period.

    Scott Niedermayer got the game winning goal 1:23 into the overtime.   Brian Rafalski and Joe Nieuwendyk got assists on Niedermayer's first goal of the season.   The Devils are now 3-0 in overtime this season.

    The game ended with the Devils winning, 4-3.   The Devils outshot the Sabres 2-0 in the overtime, but were outshot 34-25 in the game.

    The Sabres had 7 power-play opportunities in the game, with the Devils only getting 2.

    Craig Darby who was recalled from Albany on Monday, made his Devils debut, with Jamie Langenbrunner out with a viral illness.

    Ryan Miller started his first NHL game, in net for the Sabres, while Martin Brodeur started his 16th straight game for the Devils.

    The Devils now trail 27-32-11-0 in the lifetime series but are 15-15-6-0 at home.

    With this loss the Sabres are now winless (0-9-2-1) in their last 12 games.


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