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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at New Jersey



(Friday, December 18th)

Final Score: New Jersey 4, Ottawa 2

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur reached yet another milestone with a 27-save performance as New Jersey downed Ottawa, 4-2, at Prudential Center.

Brodeur participated in his 1,030th contest, passing Patrick Roy for most career games played by a goaltender.

"It's all about winning, so in that regard, it's nice to break the record with a win," said Brodeur.

Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rolston, Jay Pandolfo and Bryce Salvador tallied for the Devils, winners of three straight and seven of eight.

Alexandre Picard and Jarkko Ruutu scored for the Senators, who had won three of four coming in. Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 22 shots in the loss.

The home team assumed a 4-2 edge on a strange goal at 9:52 of the third period. Salvador shot the puck from the left wing outside the blue line, and after it climbed up Elliott's stick and into the air, bounced off the backside of the Ottawa netminder and in.

The Senators then failed to make a dent in their deficit despite two brief advantages later in the third.

Langenbrunner tipped home Andy Greene's point shot for a 1-0 Devils lead on a power play with 8:07 left in the first period.

Picard then managed to sneak a long point shot past Brodeur at the 39-second mark of the second, but Rolston responded at 1:53 to put New Jersey back on top.

Ruutu tied the game, taking a long lead pass from Chris Kelly, streaking in and scoring on a wrister at 6:06, but the Devils went back up 3-2 on a shovel- shot one-timer by Pandolfo with 1:38 left in the period.

"These guys usually don't give up much in their own zone, so at least we can take that out of the loss and feel better going forward about our offensive game," Picard noted.

Game Notes

New Jersey has won all three meetings this season and nine in a row over Ottawa since February, 2008...Both clubs are in action on Saturday with the Devils in Atlanta and Ottawa hosting Minnesota.

12/18 23:16:46 ET


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