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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 Atlantic Center.

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 six games.

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 it 5-0.

That was all for Luongo, who was lifted after yielding five goals on only 20 shots.

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.

Game Notes

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 meetings.

11/23 22:03:02 ET


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