NHL Game Summary - Colorado at New Jersey|
(Friday, October 15th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi each scored a
goal and added an assist in Colorado's 3-2 win over New Jersey to keep the
Devils winless at Prudential Center.
Cody McLeod also scored before being ejected from the game early in the first
period, as the Avalanche improved to 3-1-0 this season. Paul Stastny notched
two assists, while John-Michael Liles recorded an assist in his fourth
straight game to begin the season.
Craig Anderson was strong between the pipes, stopping 41 shots in the win.
"It's fair to say that over 60 minutes, you want to have a more complete game
than that," Avs head coach Joe Sacco said. "But it's still a win, it's a big
two points for us on the road, and we're not going to give it back."
Ilya Kovalchuk and Matt Taormina both finished with a goal and an assist for
the Devils, who have lost all three of their home games this season. Martin
Brodeur allowed all three goals on 22 shots in defeat. Taormina's tally was
the first of his career.
"We just got to keep doing what we're doing. I think we're going to be all
right," Brodeur said. "The momentum -- you've got to score timely goals in the
game, and we've had a tough time doing it."
Colorado got the only goal of the opening period.
With a four-minute double minor to New Jersey's Colin White winding down,
McLeod skated down the left side of the ice and fired a bad-angle shot that
deflected off Brodeur's right pad and into the net at 11:50.
Just 22 seconds later, McLeod was called for a boarding major and a game
misconduct, giving the Devils a five-minute power play on which they could
score as many times as possible. One chance saw the puck squirt just past the
post as a New Jersey skater celebrated prematurely, and another saw a Colorado
defenseman stop the puck from entering the net.
Despite being outshot, 17-3, the Avs held a 1-0 lead after one period.
New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus missed a breakaway chance wide shortly into the
second period, and Colorado grabbed a 2-0 lead at 11:48 on Galiardi's first
goal of the season, a rebound chance after Brodeur had stopped a Stewart
Exactly three minutes later, the Devils finally got on the board on Taormina's
shot from the top of the slot for a power-play goal.
Colorado, though, was able to restore its two-goal margin on Stewart's blast
from the right circle with 15:29 to play, but Kovalchuk pulled the Devils to
within one again on his second goal of the year with 11:11 left.
Despite outshooting the Avs, 16-7, in the third period, the Devils were unable
to net the equalizer. Brodeur headed to the bench in favor of an extra
attacker in the final minute, but Anderson kept Colorado in front until the
The Devils went 27-10-4 at home last year...Liles has six assists in four
games...The Avs have won two straight meetings with the Devils...New Jersey
will have another opportunity to win their first game at home on Saturday
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