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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Calgary



(Sunday, December 23rd)

Final Score: New Jersey 1, Calgary 0 (OT)

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored 25 seconds into overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils past the Calgary Flames, 1-0, in a goaltending duel at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Martin Brodeur made 30 saves to record the 95th shutout of his glorious career, as the Devils won their second straight and third in four. Brodeur passed George Hainesworth for second place on the all-time shutouts list. Terry Sawchuk is first with 103.

"We played a good team tonight and we were able to prevail," said New Jersey coach Brent Sutter. "Obviously, Marty was outstanding."

Early in the extra session, Calgary's Craig Conroy mishandled the puck in the offensive zone, allowing the Devils to head the other way on an odd-man rush.

Elias collected the puck and quickly dished to Brian Gionta on the right side. Gionta carried the disc across the blue line before threading a perfect return feed that Elias one-timed past the right pad of Miikka Kiprusoff.

"I got caught trying to make a play and it cost us," said Conroy. "It was totally my fault."

Kiprusoff was the hard-luck loser, finishing the game with 21 saves. The Flames have lost consecutive games in overtime at home after a 6-0-0 road trip.

After a scoreless first period which saw New Jersey fire off 11 shots, the Devils were on their heels in the second, but Brodeur was stout between the pipes, stopping all 14 shots fired his way.

Kiprusoff, unlike his counterpart, was not bombarded by rubber, facing only four shots in the middle frame. A third period with a combined 15 shots on net was a prelude to Elias' swift extra-session heroics.

Game Notes

The last time the Devils were at the Saddledome was March 5, 2003, when they defeated the Flames 5-4 in overtime...New Jersey's Zach Parise missed the game with the flu...Calgary was 0-for-4 on the power play, while New Jersey failed to score on its six chances...The Devils host Buffalo on Friday...Calgary visits the Canucks on Thursday.

12/24 01:52:32 ET


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