NHL Game Summary - Toronto at New Jersey
(Friday, November 7th)
Final Score: Toronto 1, New Jersey 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Gary Roberts scored late in the third period, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 1-1 tie with the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.
Ed Belfour turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced for Toronto, which is unbeaten in its last three games (2-0-1).
Jamie Langenbrunner lit the lamp for the Devils, who had won four in a row prior to Friday's game. New Jersey is 4-0-1 in its last five games. Corey Schwab, filling in for Martin Brodeur, made 27 saves.
"He was phenomenal," Langenbrunner said of Schwab. "He made some huge saves and kept us in the game early. Anytime you can have a backup come in who hasn't played for eight months and play that well, it's great for our team."
The Devils opened the scoring at the 14:58 mark of the second period when Langenbrunner posted his fifth goal of the season. Langenbrunner skated with the puck along the right boards and tried wristing a centering pass inside to Sergei Brylin. The puck was in the crease and a sprawling Belfour accidently kicked it into the net.
With less than five minutes to go in the third period, Roberts beat Schwab on the power play with a neat backhander to even the score. Mats Sundin sent a pass down low to Roberts, who skated from behind the net and lifted the puck high over Schwab's shoulder for his third goal.
"Those guys play such a tight game and they're so disciplined," Roberts said. "You just don't get very much. Even the shots you do get, they do a great job clearing the front of the net."
In the extra session Patrik Elias was denied by Belfour on a 2-on-1, while Schwab stopped Tomas Kaberle at the other end.
New Jersey had the best chance for a win when Scott Niedermayer wristed a shot off the left post with less than a minute to go in OT.
Toronto is now unbeaten (2-0-2) in its last four games with New Jersey.
"We seem to have hard games against New Jersey," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "I know why they've won so much. They do compete. We try to do that as well."
The Maple Leafs are 4-2-2 on the road this season...Toronto is just 1-3-3 in their last seven trips to New Jersey...The Leafs were 1-for-6 on the power play and killed off each of New Jersey's three chances with the extra skater...Devils defenseman Scott Stevens did not play on Friday because of a death in his family...Brodeur had the day off.
11/08 00:33:10 ET