Devils hit rock bottom with blowout loss to Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nico Hischier scored a power-play goal.

Not much else went right on Monday for the Devils.

Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists, and the Sabres used a five-goal first period to beat the Devils 7-1.

Eichel scored 2:46 into the game, and Conor Sheary scored twice during the first 20 minutes. Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Asplund also connected in the first, and Victor Olofsson and Henri Jokiharju scored in the second. Linus Ullmark made 44 saves for the Sabres.

The Devils’ Louis Domingue was pulled after allowing five goals on 15 shots. He was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood, who made 15 saves.

The Sabres blew out the Devils while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the franchise. Buffalo was awarded an expansion team on Dec. 2, 1969.

The team celebrated “Founders’ Night” and honored original owners Seymour H. Knox III and brother Northrup R. Knox, now deceased. Members of the Knox family, including Seymour’s widow, Jean, were honored with golden pucks before the game by current Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

Eichel got Buffalo going with his 17th of the season, and Skinner made it 2-0 two minutes later off a turnover in the Devils’ end. Johan Larsson forced the turnover, and Skinner buried a wrist shot for his 11th goal.

Sheary ended a 19-game goal drought on a one-timer, then added his fifth of the season when Domingue got a pad on his shot but let the puck fall into the net.

Asplund completed Buffalo’s first-period flurry with 58 seconds left on his first NHL goal. One day before his 22nd birthday, Asplund scored on a long shot from the bottom of the left circle.

Hischier got New Jersey on the board 8:10 into the second, scoring from close range.

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