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NHL: Thanks to 4 goals from Taj Thompson, the Sabers won 5-2 over the Devils

NHL: Thanks to 4 goals from Taj Thompson, the Sabers won 5-2 over the Devils

Taj Thompson had a four-goal performance and the Buffalo Sabers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Friday night at KeyBank Arena.

Thompson carried his team on his shoulders in this match. After falling behind by two goals in the second half, the towering six-foot striker scored 23 goalsH And 24H Goal of the season to tie the game. The locals gave the win with 4:36 left in the third period.

He added his fourth goal into an empty net, making the score 5-2.

JJ Petrka, who scored his fifth goal in four games, scored into an empty net.

Alex Tuch had two assists and goaltender Devon Levi stopped 28 shots.

Max Wellmann and Jesper Bratt found the back of the net for the Devils. Jake Allen stopped 31 shots.

Thompson now has 26 goals this season. Last year, he recorded 47.

It is the sixth hat-trick of Thompson's career. He is now tied for seventh in Sabers history for games played with at least three goals.

It was the only Friday night game played in the NHL.

New Jersey falls short of its goal of taking three points from the Washington Capitals and the final spot entering the playoffs. Travis Green's team ranks fifth among teams drafted.

It was only the third time this season (16-2-1) that the Devils lost after leading after the first period.

In contrast, Buffalo maintains little hope in this race for the Spring Dance. With this victory, Zamalek became one point behind the Devils.