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Buffalo Sabres Player Grades: Game #8 vs. New Jersey

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Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

A+ : Ryan O'Reilly

O'Reilly has been the best Buffalo Sabre this season. Against the Devils he led the entire team in ice time with 22:45. O'Reilly ended the night with a goal and two assists. He was the Sabres best face-off men, as well as their best player on the power play.

A : Jack Eichel, Tyler Ennis, Zemgus Girgensons

Eichel got a goal with under a minute left in the game, but even before that he was playing well. On one occasion he saucer passed the puck across the ice to Tyler Ennis who had a glorious scoring chance. Eichel was throwing his body around too. In the 3rd period he knocked down Jiri Tlusty with force.

Girgensons was all over the Devils. He was relentless on the forecheck causing multiple turnovers. Zemgus came close to scoring a few times, most notably when he beat Andy Greene to the net and tried to slip the puck between Corey Schneider's legs. 

A- : Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen, Matt Moulson

Moulson broke up a few Devils rushes before they even reached the blue line. He also had a good chance to score when he cut back in the slot and tried to beat Schneider on the blocker side. Moulson's ice time went up to over 17 minutes. 

B+ : Evander Kane, Cody Franson, Sam Reinhart, Nicolas Deslauriers

Deslauriers played just 7:59 on the night, but on one shift he had at least three chances to score. Every shift he was on the ice he was either hitting, cycling the puck, or getting the puck to the net. 

B : Brian Gionta, Johan Larsson

This was Johan Larsson's first game in the top six playing with Eichel and Ennis. He played good, but not great. He also took a bad shot with less than 30 seconds left. The Sabres never regained possession after that shot. 

B- : Jake McCabe, Jamie McGinn, Josh Gorges

C : David Legwand

D : Carlo Colaiacovo , Linus Ullmark

Colaiacovo failed to tie up his man on the second Jersey goal. He didn't do anything to warrant staying in the lineup. 

Ullmark didn't get a whole lot of help on the goals he let in, but you'd hope that your goalie can make a few big saves. The Devils 3rd goal, that went through Ullmark's five hole should never be a goal in the NHL. 

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