BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)
''I was just trying not to embarrass myself,'' Greene said. ''I didn't want to become the next YouTube sensation.''
Instead, Greene became the first Devils player to convert a penalty shot in overtime, scoring 29 seconds into the extra period to lead New Jersey in a 2-1 win over the
Greene earned his penalty shot when he was held from behind by Buffalo's
''I was hoping they would let someone else take it on the ice,'' the Devils' captain joked afterward.
Greene, who has never participated in an NHL shootout, is the first Devils defenseman to score on a penalty shot since Scott Niedermyer in 1998. Greene made a move to his left and slipped a forehand between the pads of Sabres goaltender
The Devils got both their goals from defenseman as
Both teams played their backup goaltenders in the opener of a back-to-back home-and-home series.
The Devils won despite going 0 for 6 on the power play. Buffalo killed a four-minute high-sticking penalty on Kane in the third period and a 5-on-3 disadvantage spanning 1:25 of the second period.
''The power play is just one part of the game,'' Devils coach John Hynes said. ''It was good to see the players who were on the power play, it didn't affect the rest of their game and that's why we were able to find a way to do it in a different way.''
Auvitu scored the tying goal 3:13 into the third period.
''It's obviously a save I would like to make,'' Nilsson said.
Nilsson made 17 of his saves in the third period.
''For his work, you'd like him to get the W,'' Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.
Moulson scored on a power play to give Buffalo the lead 10:34 into the game. Kinkaid stopped
''We'll see where he's at for tomorrow,'' Bylsma said. ''I don't see it lingering.''
NOTES: Devils F Mike Cammalleri missed the game for personal reasons and his status for Saturday night's game is uncertain, Hynes said. ... Sabres D