NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at New Jersey
(Friday, November 12th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal in eight games 3:27 into overtime, as the New Jersey Devils won their first home game of the season, a 4-3 decision over the Edmonton Oilers.
On the power play in the extra session, Patrik Elias and Henrik Tallinder played catch with the puck at the points, and Tallinder's pass from the left point to the left circle was one-timed into the net by Kovalchuk.
Alexander Vasyunov and Mattias Tedenby each lit the lamp for the Devils, who were 0-5-2 at the Prudential Center coming into the game. Brian Rolston, who had been absent for the past 14 games after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia in mid-October, scored in his return.
"It wasn't pretty but we came back and won the hockey game," said Rolston. "When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter how you win, just that you do win. We needed this tonight."
Martin Brodeur, who missed the last two games because of a bruised elbow, stopped 21 shots in the win.
"We've been through this a lot this year and we just have to deal with it," said Brodeur. "I thought we did a good job of responding tonight and rallying together."
Colin Fraser scored twice while Sam Gagner lit the lamp for the Oilers, who have dropped their past three games and five of six. Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots in the loss.
"We've improved on a lot of things that we haven't done good the past couple of games," said Dubnyk. "But when it comes down to it we didn't get the two points. Still, we battled hard and that showed tonight."
The Oilers jumped on top at the 4:34 mark of the first. Fraser put a backhand on net from the right side that was stopped, but the rebound popped into the air and from behind the right side he whacked it into the net.
Near the midway mark of the first, Edmonton made it a 2-0 game when Fraser grabbed the loose puck at the left circle as a teammate created a screen and wristed it past Brodeur.
The Devils cut their deficit in half with 4:17 left in the first period. From the deep left side, Travis Zajac sent a pass to the front of the net where Vasyunov was all alone for the first NHL goal of his career.
At the 5:11 point of the second, the Oilers took a 3-1 lead. Off a broken 2- on-1, Taylor Hall grabbed the puck in the slot and sent a shot on net that Brodeur stopped, but Gagner was there to bang the puck into the net out of the air.
With just over three minutes to play in the middle frame, the Devils made it a one-goal game as David Clarkson's wraparound from the left side was stopped, but Rolston was parked in front to backhand in the rebound for a power-play tally.
Tedenby scored the first goal of his career with nine minutes left in regulation on the power play to tie the contest.
New Jersey hits the road for the next three games starting in Boston on Monday...Edmonton wraps up its five-game road trip in New York against the Rangers on Sunday...Edmonton had won the past two games in the series...New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner was out for the game as he took a hard hit in Wednesday's game against Buffalo and missed practice on Thursday and Friday.
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