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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Columbus



(Sunday, December 11th)

Final Score: Columbus 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Bryan Berard scored with 13.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, at Nationwide Arena.

Nikolai Zherdev had two goals and Berard had an assist to go with his game- winner for the Blue Jackets, who have won two of their last three games. Marc Denis made 28 saves in the victory.

Paul Martin and Brian Gionta scored for the Devils, who have lost their last four games. Martin Brodeur made 36 saves in the losing effort.

Columbus had tied the game up early in the third period on Zherdev's second tally of the night. However, neither team could get the lead and they skated into overtime.

It looked as if the game was going to be determined by a shootout, as neither side appeared willing to take any chances. However, the Blue Jackets' Sergei Fedorov brought the puck into the zone as time was running out and got the puck to Berard down low on the right side. He skated out front, made a move to get past a defender and threw a shot that went through Brodeur's five-hole for the victory.

"We just played a solid game tonight," said Berard. "A couple of breakdowns, but this was one of our best efforts of the year. It's been a tough start to the season, but we've been playing pretty good hockey lately."

The Devils scored the only goal of the first period on Martin's first of the season. Jamie Langenbrunner brought the puck from behind the net to the left side and threw a centering pass to Martin, who one-timed it past Denis at the 10:36 mark.

The Blue Jackets tied the game up with 8:57 left in the second period. The Devils tried to clear the puck out of their zone, but David Vyborny forced the turnover and Zherdev got the disc. He skated in and fired a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Brodeur on the stick side.

However, New Jersey took the lead thanks to a Columbus turnover. Gionta forced a giveaway deep in the Columbus zone and skated the puck from the right boards to the slot. He then shot a backhander that went through Denis' legs with 3:06 left in the second period.

Columbus tied the game up with a power-play goal in the third period. Jan Hrdina flicked a wrist shot from high in the slot. Brodeur made the save, but Zherdev picked up the rebound and backhanded it in just 4:35 in.

"It's good to catch a few breaks and a good bounce," said Zherdev. "I think on the power play we are moving the puck a little faster, and that gave me a chance to put one in after a lucky bounce."

Game Notes

New Jersey hosts Edmonton on Tuesday...The Blue Jackets host the Flyers on Tuesday...New Jersey was 0-for-7 on the power play...The Blue Jackets scored on one of their five man-advantages.

12/11 21:39:53 ET


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