NHL Game Summary - Columbus at New Jersey
(Wednesday, November 23rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Columbus 1 (SO)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur stopped 35 shots and turned aside two more in the shootout, helping the Devils edge the Blue Jackets, 2-1, at Prudential Center.
Ilya Kovalchuk went first in the shootout and scored on a snap shot. After Brodeur stopped Rick Nash, Zach Parise faked a forehand to draw Columbus goaltender Curtis Sanford out of position, then put a backhander in net.
That forced the remaining two Blue Jackets shooters to score, but Brodeur stymied Mark Letestu to secure the win.
"It hasn't been one of our stronger traits and it's something we're working at," Columbus head coach Scott Arniel said about the shootout, in which the Blue Jackets are 0-3 this season.
Dainius Zubrus scored in the second period for New Jersey, which has won five consecutive games against Columbus. It hasn't lost in the series since December 11, 2005.
Sanford turned aside 23 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had won their last two games. Jared Boll netted a tip-in 6:01 into the third to tie the game.
Brodeur continued to be tested in the final period, but stopped 16-of-17 shots to send the game into overtime.
"Once they started to really turn it up, they got some great chances," Parise said. "He made all the saves we needed him to make to get us to overtime. He was great."
Sanford turned aside four shots in the extra session.
Columbus was 0-for-6 on the power play...Boll's goal was his first of the season, and first since April 9, the Blue Jackets' finale of last season...New Jersey starts a home-and-home set with the Islanders on Friday.
11/23 23:16:35 ET