NHL Game Summary - Florida at New Jersey
(Friday, December 11th)
Final Score: Florida 4, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Michael Frolik recorded his first multi-goal game of the season, helping the slumping Florida Panthers take down the red- hot New Jersey Devils, 4-2, at Prudential Center.
Frolik scored twice to register his first two-goal game since March 3, as Florida snapped a four-game losing streak. The Panthers had been mired in a slump that saw them lose nine of 10 and score only five goals in the previous four contests.
Shawn Matthias and Jordan Leopold also scored, while Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves against his old team to earn the victory.
"All the sights and sounds of this building put me at ease," Clemmensen said. "It was good to be back here. I have a lot of good memories in this building. Tonight's win is up there."
Brian Rolston and Dean McAmmond scored for the Devils, who had won four in a row and seven of eight. Martin Brodeur was unable to pass Terry Sawchuck for most career shutouts, as he allowed four goals on 22 shots in defeat.
"They got off to a lead right from the get-go, and from there they really sat back," Brodeur said. "We had a hard time going through the neutral zone on them. Some nights it doesn't work as well as you want to."
Florida got on the board nearly four minutes into the game, as Leopold fired a slapshot from the slot into the top of the net on Brodeur's glove side.
After Clemmensen made nine stops to keep the Devils off the board in the first, the Panthers completely dominated the early portion of the second period and scored twice to take a commanding lead.
While holding New Jersey without a shot for the first 7:16 of the frame, the Panthers took a 3-0 lead. Frolik made it a two-goal game with a power-play tip-in off a Keith Ballard shot from the right circle at 2:24, and Matthias added his second goal of the year at 3:29 to extend the lead.
"Any time you can jump out to a lead like that, it takes a lot of pressure off," Clemmensen said. "When we had a three-goal lead there early in the second, it was a credit to our guys going toward the net and getting those deflections in close."
The Devils, though, scored on their first shot of the stanza, as Rolston ripped a wrister from the left circle that evaded Clemmensen's glove for a 3-1 game.
McAmmond brought New Jersey to within one 1:05 into the third period on an unassisted tally -- his first of the season -- but the Panthers came right back to push their lead to two again on Frolik's ninth of the season 78 seconds later.
The Devils could not get any closer for the duration of the game, as Clemmensen made seven total saves in the third to lock up the win.
McAmmond scored his first goal since March 3 with the Isles...New Jersey fell to 1-1-0 on a five-game homestand...Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner extended his point streak to seven games with an assist...The season series is tied, 1-1...The Devils had won nine of their last 10 at home...Clemmensen, who started in place of the injured Brodeur last season for New Jersey, went 25-13-1 in 40 games for the Devils.
12/12 00:16:10 ET