NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Boston
(Wednesday, October 8th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Scott Niedermayer scored twice for New Jersey and Jeff Jillson countered with a pair of goals for Boston, as the Devils and Bruins skated to a 3-3 tie on opening night in the National Hockey League.
Jeff Friesen also scored for the Devils, who began the defense of their Stanley Cup championship. Martin Brodeur turned aside 28 shots, including six in overtime. Niedermayer provided some assistance midway through the extra session, swatting the puck out of the crease with Brodeur out of position.
Brian Rafalski and Igor Larionov each had two assists for New Jersey.
Joe Thornton added a goal for the Bruins, who were knocked out of last season's playoffs in the first round by the Devils. Felix Potvin, making his Boston debut, made 32 saves.
The game was tied at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play, but the Devils struck first in the third period with a power-play goal to take the lead. Niedermayer flipped a shot toward the Bruins' net from the blueline and the puck deflected off the glove of Boston's Hal Gill and over Potvin's right shoulder at 9:34.
Boston tied the game with under four minutes remaining in regulation on Jillson's second tally of the contest. Jillson moved around New Jersey's John Madden and beat Brodeur stick side at 16:02
After a scoreless first period, Niedermayer gave the Devils a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 42 seconds into the middle stanza. Niedermayer skated down the middle of the ice, through the defense and beat Potvin high to the stick side off a feed from Patrik Elias.
New Jersey took advantage of another power play to open a two-goal advantage. Friesen had the puck at the side of the Bruins' net and moved in front for a point-blank shot. Potvin made the save, but Friesen fired home his own rebound to give the Devils a 2-0 lead at 12:40 of the middle stanza.
Boston scored twice before the second period ended to tie the game.
The puck bounced toward the New Jersey net off a faceoff to Brodeur's left with the Bruins on a power play late in the second period. The netminder poked the puck away, but it went to Jillson in the high slot. Jillson's one-timer beat Brodeur high to the glove side, just under the crossbar at 14:31.
Boston went on the power play again soon after Jillson's goal, but Brodeur made several big stops, including a save on Thornton at the doorstep before the Bruins tied the contest.
Glen Murray won a battle in the corner and got the puck behind the net to Thornton, whose wrap-around beat Brodeur with just 16 seconds left in the second period.
Niedermayer's second goal was the 100th of his career...The Devils finished 3- for-4 on the power play, while Boston went 1-for-4 with the extra skater...Boston's Sergei Samsonov notched his 300th career point with an assist on Jillson's second goal.
10/09 00:18:34 ET