NHL Game Summary - Toronto at New Jersey |
(Thursday, October 16th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, New Jersey 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Sergei Brylin's goal with two seconds
remaining in the third period kept the New Jersey Devils unbeaten on the
season, as they skated to a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs at
Continental Airlines Arena.
Jay Pandolfo also scored for the Devils, who received a pair of assists from
defenseman Brian Rafalski.
Nik Antropov and Darcy Tucker lit the lamp for Toronto, which has yet to win a
game this season (0-1-2). Ed Belfour made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs.
With under 10 seconds remaining in the third period, the Devils, skating 6-
on-5 after pulling goaltender Martin Brodeur, gained control in the offensive
zone. Rafalski corralled the puck and took a shot from the right half-wall.
The puck deflected off skates and sticks in front of Belfour and eventually
landed at Brylin's feet. Brylin's first shot was denied, but he collected his
own rebound and deflected a shot off of Belfour and into the net to even the
The Devils controlled play for most of the overtime. In the closing seconds,
Jeff Friesen received a nifty pass and broke in on Belfour from in close, but
his backhander was stopped as time expired.
New Jersey scored the only goal of the opening period. Rafalski took the puck
and fired a shot from the right point. On its way to the net, the puck was
beautifully deflected by Pandolfo, who stuck his stick out and redirected it
in for a 1-0 Devils' lead at 4:48.
A stuffer at the right post evened the contest midway through the second
period. After a shot by Tom Fitzgerald from the right circle was saved by
Brodeur, the rebound sat in the goal mouth and Antropov was able to poke the
puck home for his second goal of the season at 10:40.
Tucker gave the Leafs the lead with a turnaround slapshot at 16:46 of the
second stanza. Devils' defenseman Scott Niedermayer turned the puck over in
his own end before Matt Stajan took control. Stajan skated down the right-wing
side, spun around, and slid a partially blind pass toward the high slot.
The puck found Tucker's stick and he had enough time to kick it out of his
skates and turn towards Brodeur. His ensuing slapshot found the net as Toronto
jumped ahead, 2-1.
Brodeur, last season's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goaltender, faced
just 14 shots, but allowed two goals.
Toronto finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Devils could not
convert on four chances with extra skater.
Prior to the game, the Devils raised their Stanley Cup banner from last
spring. New Jersey outlasted the upstart Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in seven
games in the finals in June. It was their third championship in nine seasons,
as they also beat the Detroit Red Wings in the lockout-shortened 1994-95
season and captured the Cup in the spring of 2000...Toronto went 3-1
against New Jersey last season, but the Devils improved to 5-3-3 in the last
11 meetings...The Leafs are 1-3-2 in their last six trips to the Meadowlands.
10/16 23:05:03 ET