NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at New Jersey |
(Monday, January 5th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias assisted on Sergei
Brylin's tying goal late in the third period and scored the winner 41 seconds
into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the
Edmonton Oilers at the Meadowlands.
Scott Gomez set up a pair of goals, including the winner, for New Jersey,
which won for the first time in four games (1-2-1). Turner Stevenson also
scored for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur made 23 saves.
Raffi Torres and Ethan Moreau scored for the Oilers, who had a two-game win
streak stopped but earned a point for the fourth straight game (2-0-1-1).
Tommy Salo stopped 23 shots in defeat.
Edmonton had a three-game road win streak stopped and is 2-0-0-1 on a six-game
road trip that continues Thursday against the New York Islanders.
The Devils tied it while skating 4-on-4 with 4:38 left in the third period.
Scott Niedermayer had the puck in the Edmonton zone in the right circle and
fed a pass back to the point for Elias, who sent a wrist shot on net. Brylin
was in the slot and deflected it past Salo for his seventh goal.
Gomez and Elias then combined for the winner. Gomez raced into the Edmonton
zone along the right wing and pulled up in the circle. He then fed a pass into
the slot for an onrushing Elias, who deflected it past Salo for his 12th goal.
"It's been a while since we played together," said Gomez about the winning
goal. "I was thinking about going above the guy's stick and remembered Patty
also told me: 'I'll act like I'm going wide and cut in.' That's what he did.
It's an old play from `99, or is it 2000."
Moreau gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead just 3:35 into the third period. The puck
was chipped out of the Edmonton zone and past the Devil defense, which was in
the middle of a line change. Moreau beat everyone to the puck along the left
wing boards at center ice, raced into the New Jersey zone and tucked a
backhander through Brodeur's pads for his eighth goal.
Brodeur kept the Devils within one with just under 10 minutes to play with a
sliding stop on Mike York.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead just 5:06 into the game on their second power play
of the contest. Gomez picked up the puck in the left corner, skated behind the
net and fed a pass in front for Stevenson, who flipped a shot from the right
side of the crease through Salo's pads for his third goal of the season.
New Jersey nearly scored again while shorthanded with just under nine minutes
left in the opening period, but John Madden hit the post on a breakaway.
Brodeur made a brilliant sliding save on a deflection by Jason Chimera in the
first minute of the second period, but the Oilers tied it on their next rush.
York carried the puck across the New Jersey blue line and backhanded a pass
into the right circle for Radek Dvorak, who sent it across the low slot.
Torres was racing through the left circle to join the play and redirected
Dvorak's feed past a sliding Brodeur for his 11th goal.
Edmonton outshot New Jersey 12-6 in the second period.
Gomez has 199 career assists...Stevenson had missed the previous 12 games with
a groin infection...The Devils improved to 4-1-9 in overtime this season,
while the Oilers lost for the first time in the extra session (2-1-7)...The
Devils played at home for just the second time in 11 games...Edmonton, which
beat Chicago on Sunday, fell to 0-3-1-1 in the second of games on consecutive
nights...The Oilers also lost for the first time in their last five trips to
New Jersey (3-0-1-1).
01/06 01:30:19 ET