NHL Game Summary - San Jose at New Jersey|
(Friday, February 11th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, San Jose 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk had the game-winner for the
second night in a row as the New Jersey Devils took a 2-1 win over the San
Jose Sharks at Prudential Center.
In Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, Kovalchuk put home the winner with
24 seconds left in overtime and he did it with 3:59 left in the third on
Friday to help the Devils win a fourth straight game.
Brian Rolston tied the game on the power play 9:12 into the third, while Johan
Hedberg made 31 stops for the Devils, who are 12-1-2 over their last 15 games.
"All along we've been winning games that we come back in," said Rolston. "That
is huge cause it shows that we're a hockey team that doesn't give up and our
season is proving that."
Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal and Antti Niemi made 21 stops for the
Sharks, who had a season-high five-game winning streak stopped.
"You never want to see it end that's for sure," said Marleau. "We carried the
play a lot of the game and we just didn't find the back of the net. Now we
have to start a new one."
All of the scoring happened in the third period as the Sharks took the initial
lead in the frame when a shot from Niclas Wallin at the left point was stopped
and Marleau banged home the rebound from the right side 6:08 in.
New Jersey, though, tied the game three minutes later on a 4-on-3 power play
as a pass from Kovalchuk at the outside left circle went to the high slot
where Rolston used a big one-timer to beat Niemi.
In a repeat of Thursday, Kovalchuk again provided the heroics as the Devils
won a faceoff at the right circle and his turnaround shot from the outside
squeezed between the pads of Niemi.
Torrey Mitchell was called for a high-sticking double minor for fouling
Dainius Zubrus with 2:19 to play and New Jersey was able to kill off the clock
for the win.
Hedberg stopped 24 shots over the first 40 minutes while Niemi was only tested
11 times in that span.
The Devils have off until next Wednesday when they will host Carolina...San
Jose continues its seven-game road trip at Florida on Sunday...New Jersey has
won four of the last five against San Jose. Also, the Sharks have lost five
straight in the Garden State and haven't won there since Nov. 14, 2000.
02/12 00:40:48 ET