NHL Game Summary - Dallas at New Jersey
(Tuesday, January 5th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Dallas 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur posted 28 saves for his fifth shutout of the season to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center.
Patrik Elias scored twice for the Devils, who have won nine of their last 11 games overall and have also captured six straight on home ice. Travis Zajac and Zach Parise also scored in the victory. This marked the 106th career shutout for Brodeur, who is already the NHL's all-time leader in that category.
"It's always a big team effort whenever you get a shutout," said Brodeur. "It was nice to play a solid game at home -- we did a great job offensively and defensively."
Alex Auld allowed four goals on 27 shots for Dallas, which has dropped two straight after two consecutive victories.
"You can't give this team any chances -- they just waited for us to make mistakes and the puck ends up in our net," said Auld. "They capitalize on all their chances, and they've got the best goaltender in the world backing them up."
The Devils opened the scoring near the end of the first period on Elias' first goal of the game. Following a nice effort in the New Jersey defensive zone by Dean McAmmond to allow for a breakout, the puck was brought through the neutral zone by Brian Rolston. After a battle for control of the disc just below the blue line, Rolston fired a shot toward the net and Elias was in front for a redirection tally at the 18:02 mark.
Near the seven-minute mark of the middle stanza, Elias scored again for a two- goal advantage. The veteran forward streaked down the right-wing side on a 2- on-1 with Jamie Langenbrunner. From the circle, Elias rifled a wrist shot that flew into the back of the cage at 6:59.
Less than three minutes later, the Devils cashed in on the power play for a 3-0 lead. Skating 5-on-4 due to a slashing minor called on Krys Barch, the hosts passed the puck around the perimeter before Langenbrunner held control at the centerpoint before he slid a soft pass to Zajac. From the top of the left circle, Zajac sent a blazing slap shot that slid under the pads of Auld with 10:24 to go in the second period.
"Any time we can score a few quick goals and get some confidence going, it always helps us offensively," said Zajac.
Parise's shot from the left side with just under five minutes to go in the stanza lit the lamp and created the final margin.
Brodeur was especially sharp in the third period, when he faced 13 shots.
The Devils improved to 16-6-0 at home this season...Langenbrunner has posted eight points in his last five games...The Devils were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Stars failed on all of their three chances with the extra skater...Parise has 18 goals this season.
01/06 01:09:34 ET