National Hockey League

Skinner scores 29th, Sabres get 5 in 2nd to beat Devils 5-1

Jeff Skinner provided his 29th goal of the season and the Sabres scored five times in the second period on their way to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Smith , Casey Mittelstadt , Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut also scored for Buffalo, which improved to 23-14-6.

Buffalo's leading scorer raced down the left wing around defenseman Ben Lovejoy and fired a high shot to the far corner.

Minutes later, Smith raced down the right side of the ice and scored his first career goal with a similar strike at 4:14.

Kinkaid got a piece of Smith's shot but it had just enough to trickle over the goal line before defenseman Sami Vatanen attempted to clear the puck away.

After splitting the Devils defense, the 20-year-old's backhand shot was stopped but his follow-up went in for his sixth goal of the season.

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