NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Edmonton
(Sunday, March 7th)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, New Jersey 0
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season to help the Edmonton Oilers take a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils at Rexall Place.
Gilbert Brule and Marc Pouliot each had a goal for the Oilers, who have won two straight on the heels of a three-game losing streak.
Martin Brodeur was charged with two goals on 35 shots for the Devils, who lost three of four contests during a four-game road trip.
"When you give up 35-40 shots to a team and you get 20, you should be better than that," Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire said.
It was a slow start for the two teams as they combined for just nine shots in the first period, six from New Jersey, with the goaltenders turning them all aside.
Edmonton then put the puck in the net just 1:23 into the middle stanza as Patrick O'Sullivan sent a pass from behind the left side of the net to the front where Brule redirected it home.
From there the two goaltenders took over again as Brodeur finished the frame with 15 saves and Deslauriers stopped nine.
The Oilers tacked on an insurance goal 8:28 into the third period. At the right circle, Robert Nilsson got his stick on the puck as he was falling to the ice and sent it over to the left circle where Pouliot wristed it home.
Deslauriers needed to make just seven stops in the third period to complete the shutout.
"We're playing with a lot of grit and determination these last couple of games," Brule said.
Edmonton hosts Ottawa on Tuesday...New Jersey returns home to face the Rangers on Wednesday...New Jersey left wing Dean McAmmond left the game in the second period with a shoulder injury and did not return...Edmonton has won the past two games against the Devils...Edmonton went 0-for-3 on the power play while New Jersey was 0-for-1.
03/08 01:34:43 ET