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NHL Game Summary - Detroit at New Jersey



(Saturday, December 5th)

Final Score: New Jersey 4, Detroit 3 (SO)

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout as the New Jersey Devils slipped by the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, at Prudential Center.

After Ville Leino's wrister was stopped by Martin Brodeur, Elias skated in on net and slid a low backhand under the prone body of Chris Osgood for the win.

Jamie Langenbrunner, Rob Niedermayer and Johnny Oduya each had a goal for the Devils, who have won five of six. Brodeur finished the game with 28 stops.

"We played well early in the game, but let them come back," said Brodeur. "But we've got some guys who are scoring big goals and making great plays, we've been competing well lately."

Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist while Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal for the Red Wings, who have dropped five of seven. Osgood made 23 stops in the loss.

"We didn't give up in the game, that's what I thought was good about tonight," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "We got one point tonight and just have to move on to the next game."

The Devils drew first blood in the game when Zach Parise threw a blind pass from the low left side to the right where Langenbrunner one-timed the puck home at the 15:29 mark.

Just under two minutes later, Oduya scored his first goal of the season on a wrister to give New Jersey a 2-0 advantage.

Detroit tied the game 9:23 into the second as Darren Helm threw a quick shot on net from the right circle that Brodeur stopped, but Draper was there in front to stuff home the rebound.

With 5:17 to play in the frame, New Jersey got its two-goal edge back on Niedermayer's third goal of the season, but Holmstrom lit the lamp on the power play with 30 seconds left in the second to again make it a one-goal game.

At the 9:30 mark of the third, Eaves tipped in a Justin Abdelkader pass to tie the game for Detroit.

Game Notes

New Jersey plays at Buffalo on Monday...Detroit travels to New York for a game against the Rangers on Sunday...Detroit had won four straight against New Jersey, which last got a win against the Red Wings on January 28, 2003...Detroit went 1-for-3 on the power play while New Jersey was 0-for-2.

12/05 23:20:58 ET


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