NHL Game Summary - Florida at New Jersey|
(Friday, December 11th)
Final Score: Florida 4, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Michael Frolik recorded his first multi-goal
game of the season, helping the slumping Florida Panthers take down the red-
hot New Jersey Devils, 4-2, at Prudential Center.
Frolik scored twice to register his first two-goal game since March 3, as
Florida snapped a four-game losing streak. The Panthers had been mired in a
slump that saw them lose nine of 10 and score only five goals in the previous
Shawn Matthias and Jordan Leopold also scored, while Scott Clemmensen made 26
saves against his old team to earn the victory.
"All the sights and sounds of this building put me at ease," Clemmensen said.
"It was good to be back here. I have a lot of good memories in this building.
Tonight's win is up there."
Brian Rolston and Dean McAmmond scored for the Devils, who had won four in a
row and seven of eight. Martin Brodeur was unable to pass Terry Sawchuck for
most career shutouts, as he allowed four goals on 22 shots in defeat.
"They got off to a lead right from the get-go, and from there they really sat
back," Brodeur said. "We had a hard time going through the neutral zone on
them. Some nights it doesn't work as well as you want to."
Florida got on the board nearly four minutes into the game, as Leopold fired a
slapshot from the slot into the top of the net on Brodeur's glove side.
After Clemmensen made nine stops to keep the Devils off the board in the
first, the Panthers completely dominated the early portion of the second
period and scored twice to take a commanding lead.
While holding New Jersey without a shot for the first 7:16 of the frame, the
Panthers took a 3-0 lead. Frolik made it a two-goal game with a power-play
tip-in off a Keith Ballard shot from the right circle at 2:24, and Matthias
added his second goal of the year at 3:29 to extend the lead.
"Any time you can jump out to a lead like that, it takes a lot of pressure
off," Clemmensen said. "When we had a three-goal lead there early in the
second, it was a credit to our guys going toward the net and getting those
deflections in close."
The Devils, though, scored on their first shot of the stanza, as Rolston
ripped a wrister from the left circle that evaded Clemmensen's glove for a 3-1
McAmmond brought New Jersey to within one 1:05 into the third period on an
unassisted tally -- his first of the season -- but the Panthers came right
back to push their lead to two again on Frolik's ninth of the season 78
The Devils could not get any closer for the duration of the game, as
Clemmensen made seven total saves in the third to lock up the win.
McAmmond scored his first goal since March 3 with the Isles...New Jersey fell
to 1-1-0 on a five-game homestand...Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner
extended his point streak to seven games with an assist...The season series is
tied, 1-1...The Devils had won nine of their last 10 at home...Clemmensen, who
started in place of the injured Brodeur last season for New Jersey, went
25-13-1 in 40 games for the Devils.
12/12 00:16:10 ET