New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1

Oct. 25, 2002 at 9:56 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Defenseman Ken Daneyko recorded his first regular season goal in more than 3 1/2 years and Sergei Brylin got the game-winner a minute into the third period Friday night as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.

Recording their fifth one-goal win of the campaign, the Devils are off to their best start (5-1

0) since the 1995-96 season, when they began with 6-1-0.

An 18-year veteran, Daneyko's last regular season goal came on Feb. 9, 1999 against Vancouver, an NHL-record interval of 256 games.

Brylin's third goal and goaltender Martin Brodeur's 23 saves helped snap New Jersey's five-game winless skid at HSBC Arena (0-4-1).

Stu Barnes knotted the contest at 1-1 nearly six minutes into the second period for the Sabres, who are winless in four of their last five games (1-3-1).

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