NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Ottawa
(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: New Jersey 1, Ottawa 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season and Scott Stevens scored the lone goal early in the third period, as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre.
The Devils, coming off a 1-1 tie at home on Friday against Toronto, improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games. It was New Jersey's first visit to Ottawa since winning Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.
The Senators, who were shut out for the first time this season, fell to 0-3-2 in their last five. Patrick Lalime made 19 saves in defeat.
Brodeur, who watched backup Corey Schwab make his first start of the season on Friday, stopped 13 shots in the first period. He then needed to turn aside 13 the rest of the way to post his 66th career shutout and sixth against Ottawa.
The Devils finally broke the scoring drought at 6:34 of the third period on Stevens' second goal of the season. Scott Gomez won a faceoff in the left circle and Christian Berglund fed the puck back toward the point for Stevens, who ripped a shot past Lalime on the glove side.
The Senators went on a power play with 9:45 remaining, but the Devils killed it off without much difficulty. New Jersey had the best scoring chances while shorthanded, as John Madden had a pair of shots turned aside by Lalime.
Brodeur made a big stop on Daniel Alfredsson's shot from the left circle on a 2-on-1 break with just under six minutes left to keep New Jersey in front.
The Senators then put tremendous pressure on the New Jersey net late in the contest, but could not beat Brodeur.
Brodeur made 13 saves in a scoreless first period, several of the spectacular variety. He also got some help early in the contest when a New Jersey turnover left Marian Hossa all alone. Brodeur dove to his right and missed the shot with the paddle of his stick, but defenseman Paul Martin was behind him and kept the puck out of the net.
Lalime came up with seven saves in the opening period and had some help midway through the stanza when Erik Rasmussen's shot hit the post.
The Senators found iron early in the second period when Wade Redden's blast from the left circle beat Brodeur but rang off the right post. Brodeur stopped just five shots in the second period.
Lalime, meanwhile, came up with eight saves in the middle stanza. His best was just 4 1/2 minutes into the period, stacking the pads and sliding across the top of the crease to deny Jamie Langenbrunner on a 2-on-1 break.
Stevens returned after missing Friday's game because of a death in the family...The Devils improved to 4-0-1 away from home this season...Lalime fell to 6-10-1 lifetime against New Jersey...Brodeur is 21-12-2 against Ottawa in the regular season.
11/08 21:43:14 ET