NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Detroit|
(Thursday, April 5th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Detroit 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora scored the winner in the third
period as the New Jersey Devils took a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Despite the win, New Jersey will sit in the sixth seed when the playoffs start
as Philadelphia locked in the fifth spot with its win over Buffalo on
Thursday. However, the Devils' opponent is not known yet as it could be either
Washington or Florida.
Alexei Ponikarovsky scored the other goal while Martin Brodeur made 23 stops
for the Devils, who have won their past five games.
"These guys can roll lines all game at you and it's nice to get a win against
them," said Broduer. "We got some bounces tonight and we're able to take
advantage of them."
Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, who
have fallen to fifth in the Western Conference after Nashville beat Dallas on
Thursday to move one point ahead of Detroit.
Jimmy Howard gave up both goals on 21 shots in the loss.
With the game tied in the third, the Devils went ahead on Sykora's 20th of the
season. Dainius Zubrus sent a pass behind the net to Patrik Elias, who quickly
threw it out front where Sykora wristed it home with 8:40 to play.
Brodeur needed to make just four stops in the third period to help the Devils
to the victory.
"We made a mistake there where one guy slips by us and it cost us the game,"
said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "Aside from that one mistake I thought
we played a good game."
Ponikarovsky scored the only goal of the first period halfway through when he
jammed in a rebound at the right side after Peter Harrold danced around a
couple of defenders in front to get the puck on net.
The Red Wings tied the game on the power play at the 6:13 mark of the second.
Valtteri Filppula gained the blueline at the right side and sent a pass over
to the left for Jiri Hudler, who then fed it back to the right and Holmstrom
had an open net for his 11th of the season.
Sykora has notched at least 20 goals in 11 of his past 12 seasons...Detroit
hosts Chicago on Saturday...New Jersey won in Detroit for the first time since
November 6, 1996, having dropped nine straight...The Devils, which went
24-15-2 on the road this season, host Ottawa on Saturday.
04/06 00:53:55 ET