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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Ottawa

(Saturday, February 16th)

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Ottawa 2

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Arron Asham scored a pair of goals, as the New Jersey Devils held off the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in the second contest of a home-and-home series, at Scotiabank Place.

Zach Parise also scored, and Paul Martin had a pair of assists for the Devils, who have won three of four. Martin Brodeur stopped 37-of-39 shots in the win for New Jersey, which has 71 points for the season and closed within two of Ottawa for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Spezza and Chris Kelly each scored for the Senators, who have lost three in a row and dropped a 3-2 overtime decision on Wednesday in New Jersey. Ray Emery allowed all three goals on 29 shots in the loss.

Down by two, the Senators looked for a way to get back in the game past the midway point of the third period. Antoine Vermette had the puck behind New Jersey's net, and tried to center for a one-timer, but the disc bounced of a skate.

Luckily for the Senators, the puck bounced right back to Vermette, who attempted a wraparound backhander on the left side of the net. Brodeur blocked it, but the rebound kicked to Kelly, who slapped it in to bring Ottawa within 3-2 at the 12:53 mark.

The Senators had several chances to tie, and with about 3 1/2 minutes left, a cluster of Ottawa players followed the puck to the net and tried to stuff it in. But Brodeur made the save, the Devils cleared, and they held on the rest of the way to win.

"They were trying to generate some offense by going to the net more," Brodeur said. "It's always a tough game against those players. They were running me a lot."

Asham opened the scoring 9:05 into the contest, netting a one-timer off a rebound, which gave the Devils a one-goal lead that lasted until the first intermission.

Just 3:10 into the second frame, Asham struck again on a shot from above the right circle for a 2-0 New Jersey lead.

A little more than 4 1/2 minutes later, the Devils extended their lead to three goals, after a rebound trickled through the crease and behind Emery. The goaltender's back was turned as Parise poked in the loose puck, putting the Devils up 3-0.

"We felt we still had a chance even after we gave them a three-goal lead," Spezza said. "It was just another case of too little, too late."

Spezza prevented Ottawa, which had 19 shots on goal in the second period, from going scoreless with 3:23 left in the same stanza. Brodeur tried to clear a puck behind the left side of the net, but the disc went straight to Daniel Alfredsson instead. Alfredsson whipped it out front to Spezza on the right side, and he deposited it in the net, bringing the Senators within 3-1 at the second intermission.

Game Notes

Ottawa is 5-10-1 in its last 16 games...Brodeur is 30-18-4-0 lifetime against the Senators...It was Asham's sixth career two-goal game...New Jersey opens up a three-game homestand on Monday against Carolina...Ottawa has two more games remaining on its three-game homestand, and hosts Philadelphia on Tuesday.

02/16 23:14:43 ET

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