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Clemmensen makes 25 saves in relief of Brodeur

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Scott Clemmensen gave the New
Jersey Devils a lift as they wait for Martin Brodeur's right knee
to heal.

Clemmensen made 25 saves Friday night and was rewarded with the
victory when Sergei Brylin scored on the power play with 5:23
remaining in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Clemmensen was scheduled to get his first start of the season
even before Brodeur was injured Wednesday in the Devils' 6-3 loss
to Tampa Bay.

Although an MRI showed no structural damage, Brodeur was
scratched with Ari Ahonen serving as Clemmensen's backup. It was
the first time Brodeur was not in uniform since April 16, 1998.

Clemmensen made the most of the opportunity, and his teammates
played a solid defensive game for the first two periods, limiting
the Sabres to only 11 shots.

"They played great as a team in front of me," Clemmensen said.
"They allowed me to get into the game on my own time."

Brylin tipped Bryan Rafalski's shot past Ryan Miller as the
Devils salvaged the win after blowing a two-goal lead in the third
period. It was his team-leading sixth goal.

"We can't wait for Marty to come back," Brylin said. "We've
got to win some hockey games. Scott played a great game for us and
when Marty's not there, everybody feels they have to pick it up a
little bit."

Scott Gomez and Eric Rasmussen also scored for the Devils, who
snapped a two-game losing streak.

Daniel Briere and Chris Drury scored for Buffalo in a span of
1:17 to wipe out the Devils' lead.

Rasmussen broke a scoreless deadlock with 3:18 remaining in the
second period. Grant Marshall fed the puck to Marshall in the slot
and he flipped a shot over Miller's glove for his first goal of the
season.

In the third, Gomez extended New Jersey's lead to 2-0 at 3:51
with a shot from above the left circle.

The Sabres came storming back with 16 shots in the period and
pulled even at 2. Briere started the comeback with a power-play
goal at 12:15 on a shot that appeared to deflect off a Devils
player. Drury quickly followed to tie it and set the stage for
Brylin's winner.

"We had a lot of momentum in the third," Drury said. "It was
too little, too late and they only needed one to win and they got
it. We really didn't get our feet going until the third period and
that just killed us."

Game notes
The Sabres left by bus after the game for the short trip to
Long Island where they play the Islanders on Saturday night. ...
Devils D Colin White missed a fifth straight game with a groin
injury. ... The Sabres are winless (0-9-2) in their last 11 games
in New Jersey.