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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at New Jersey



(Saturday, December 3rd)

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 37 saves and denied Minnesota on each of its three shootout chances, as the New Jersey Devils edged the Wild 3-2 at Continental Airlines Arena.

Viktor Kozlov had the game-deciding shootout tally and also scored the tying goal in regulation for the Devils, who have won four of their last five games.

Jay Pandolfo also scored in the victory.

Brian Rolston picked up his 200th career goal and added an assist for Minnesota, which has dropped three straight. Andrei Zyuzin registered a goal and Manny Fernandez came up with 31 saves.

"It's always tough when you lose in a shootout," said Minnesota's Marian Gaborik.

Trailing 2-1 late in the third, Kozlov snuck a goal past the stingy Fernandez to pull the Devils even and send the game into overtime. Brian Rafalski found space from the point and sent a shot on goal, which was stopped. The rebound popped right out to Kozlov, however, and he was able to backhand the puck through Fernandez's legs with 3:23 to play.

The Wild had the best chances in the extra session, including a 2-on-1 break that led to several opportunities, but Brodeur denied each advance to force a shootout.

Brodeur stoned Todd White on the first shootout attempt, and Kozlov followed with a backhander that flew underneath the crossbar to give New Jersey the advantage.

Brodeur then denied Rolston on his surprising slapshot from between the circles and stopped Gaborik's wrister to secure the win for the Devils.

"It's a one-on-one challenge. You just try and be the best you can," said Brodeur. "To me, (shootouts are) not like hockey. It's a skills competition for a point."

The game remained scoreless until the 10:24 mark of the second period, when Pandolfo lit the lamp to put New Jersey out in front.

Seconds after a failed Minnesota power play, Sergei Brylin forced a turnover in Minnesota's zone, moved into the right circle and fed a perfect pass into the slot for the charging Pandolfo, who punched it in.

Brodeur was dazzling for the rest of the frame, coming up with several key saves to keep the Wild off the scoreboard. His best save came at the expense of Pascal Dupuis, who got the disc in front of the crease and tried to punch it into a wide open left side of the net. Brodeur, though, stuck out his stick at the last second to keep the puck from crossing the goal line.

Minnesota, though, managed to beat the netminder twice in the final frame to assume a 2-1 lead.

Gaborik took a shot from the center point on the power play, and the puck deflected off Rolston's skate and through Brodeur's legs just 36 seconds into the stanza.

Less than two minutes later, Rolston got the disc off a face-off and sent it to the point for Zyuzin, whose snap shot made it through traffic and into the back of the net.

Game Notes

New Jersey has not scored on its last 21 power-play opportunities...Minnesota has scored a power-play goal in nine straight games...The Devils are 2-1 in shootouts this season...The Devils are 4-1-2 in the last seven meetings with the Wild...Minnesota will visit the New York Rangers on Monday night...New Jersey is at Detroit on Tuesday.

12/03 18:43:46 ET


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