NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Colorado
(Saturday, January 16th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, New Jersey 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Craig Anderson stopped 37-of-38 shots to help the Colorado Avalanche claim a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in an interconference clash at Pepsi Center.
Wojtek Wolski and Chris Stewart each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won three in a row and sit atop the Northwest Division with 60 points. T.J. Galiardi scored the other goal for Colorado, which started a five-game homestand on Saturday.
"I think it was a great group effort today. We had some big blocks up front. The guys picked up a lot of the mess I left for them," Anderson said.
Rob Niedermayer lit the lamp for the Devils, who dropped to 1-2-0 on a four- game road trip that ends Monday against the New York Islanders. Martin Brodeur turned aside 25-of-27 shots in defeat.
"We didn't play well tonight. We spotted them two goals early on. We got to play 60 minutes. That cost us the game," Brodeur said.
Down 2-0, New Jersey scored 1:55 into the third to cut the gap to one. Jay Pandolfo, who was positioned at the top of the right circle, slid a pass in front to a streaking Niedermayer, who slid the puck under the pads of Anderson.
A Cody McLeod high-sticking penalty put the Devils on the power play with 2:45 remaining. New Jersey pulled Brodeur in the final 30 seconds of the power play to gain a two-man advantage.
Anderson made multiple spectacular saves down the stretch and Wolski scored an empty-net goal late to seal the victory.
The Avalanche drew first blood at the 3:17 mark of the first period. The Devils failed to clear their own zone and Paul Stastny slid a pass in front to Stewart, who chipped the puck into the back of the net.
Galiardi lit the lamp with 1:28 left in the first to give the Avalanche a two-goal margin. John-Michael Liles' backhanded pass set up Galiardi for a slapper from the right circle.
Anderson followed up a nine-save first period with 14 stops in a scoreless second.
Anderson stopped 14-of-15 shots in the third...Early in the second period, New Jersey forward Patrik Elias took a hard hit from Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson. Elias was taken off the ice on a stretcher but was alert and waving to the fans as he left. According to the Devils, Elias is okay and will travel with the club...Saturday's game marked the lone scheduled meeting between the Avs and Devils this year. New Jersey notched a 4-0 home win last year. The Devils earned a 4-2 victory the last time the clubs met in Denver on March 15, 2008...Former Avalanche player Claude Lemieux was honored by the Avalanche Alumni Association prior to the game. Lemieux's career was celebrated with a video tribute and ceremonial puck drop...Colorado improved to 12-6-2 as the host this season.
01/16 18:16:17 ET