NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Florida |
(Wednesday, November 23rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 24 saves and New Jersey
scored three goals in a span of just 93 seconds late in the first period on
the way to a 5-1 victory over the reeling Florida Panthers at the Bank
Colin White, Grant Marshall and Brian Gionta scored the late first-period
goals for New Jersey, while Alexander Mogilny and Scott Gomez added power-play
goals in the second period. The Devils won for the fourth time in their last
Florida, meanwhile, skidded to its 12th straight loss -- one shy of a
franchise record. Jozef Stumpel scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who
haven't won a game since October 25 at Pittsburgh.
The losing streak is the longest for the Panthers since a 13-game slide from
February 7 through March 23, 1998.
The game was scoreless until a three-goal barrage late in the opening period.
White ignited it with his first goal of the season, blasting a shot home from
the top of the left circle with 3:07 left in the period moments after a New
Jersey power play had expired.
Marshall then lifted a rebound from the right side of the crease past a fallen
Roberto Luongo just 26 seconds later and Gionta snapped a shot from the slot
over the netminder's shoulder with 1:34 to play in the period for his 14th
goal to make it 3-0.
Mogilny, who had missed the last four games with a concussion, cashed in on a
two-man advantage at 2:23 of the second period for his sixth goal of the
season and Gomez added his sixth just 2:17 later on another power play to make
That was all for Luongo, who was lifted after yielding five goals on only 20
Stumpel tipped home a Sean Hill point shot on a Florida power play with just
18 seconds remaining in the second period for his first goal of the season.
Brodeur needed to make just five saves in a scoreless third period.
Jamie McLennan replaced Luongo in the Florida net and stopped all 15 shots he
faced...Gionta has a three-game goal streak and Gomez extended his point
streak to six games...Brian Rafalski posted three assists for New Jersey,
which was 2-for-6 on the power play...The Devils have won the last five
11/23 22:03:02 ET