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February 25, 2004
Game 62: Devils Demolish Sabres, 8-2

    The New Jersey Devils wrecking crew demolished the Buffalo Sabres, 8-2 at home on Wednesday, February 25, 2004.   Martin Brodeur became the first goaltender in NHL history to record 9 consecutive 30-win seasons.   Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta, and Jay Pandolfo each scored 2 goals in the win.

    Here are a few of my pictures from the game.

    Patrik Elias got the Devils on the board early, with a power-play goal just 1:29 into the first period.   Elias' 26th goal of the season was assisted by Brian Rafalski and Scott Gomez.

    The Devils relinquished their early lead just 33 seconds later, when Derek Roy beat Martin Brodeur with a wrist shot.

    Brian Gionta beat Mika Noronen at 16:13 to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.   Gionta's 16th goal of the season was assisted by Paul Martin and Patrik Elias.

    Jay Pandolfo tipped the puck past Noronen at 18:04, short-handed to increase the Devils lead.   Pandolfo's 10th goal of the season (his second short-handed) was assisted by John Madden and Turner Stevenson.

    Exactly 1:00 after Pandolfo's goal, Maxim Afinogenov beat Brodeur on the power-play with a slap shot to cut the Devils lead to 1 goal.

    The first period ended with the Devils leading the Sabres, 3-2.   The Devils outshot the Sabres 13-8 in the period.

    Jay Pandolfo got his second goal of the game at 18:16 of the second period - beating Noronen with a slap shot.   John Madden and Turner Stevenson assisted on the goal.

    With just 0.7 seconds remaining in the period Brian Rafalski blasted the puck through Noronen to give it a 5-2 Devils lead.   Rafalski's fifth goal of the season was assisted by Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias.

    New Jersey outshot Buffalo 11-3 in the second period, and led with 5 goals to 2.

    Brian Gionta beat Noronen again to make it a 6-2 Devils lead.   Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias assisted on the goal which caused Noronen to be replaced in net by Martin Biron.

    20 seconds after Biron found himself in net, Jeff Friesen beat him was what was likely meant to be a pass.   Friesen's 14th goal of the season was unassisted.

    At 4:22 David Hale took exception to Adam Mair driving into Brodeur, and the two squared off.   After the next faceoff, 6 seconds later, Eric Boulton scrapped with Sean Brown.

    Jamie Langenbrunner was looking for some penalty minutes, and found a good reason to log some half way through the third period.   After seeing Sergei Brylin thrown into the boards head-first by Alexei Zhitnik, Jamie dropped his gloves.   He drew an instigator penalty and a game misconduct, in addition to the 5 minutes for fighting for a total of 17 minutes.

    Patrik Elias topped off the Devils scoring with his second goal of the game at 15:34.   Scott Niedermayer and Brian Gionta assisted on the goal.

    The game ended with the Devils defeating the Sabres, 8-2.   The Devils were outshot 11-7 in the third period, but outshot the Sabres 31-22 in the game.

    The Devils won the season series, 3-0-1.

    Brian Rafalski's assist on Elias' first goal of the game, was his 200th NHL point.


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