NHL Game Summary - Florida at New Jersey
(Thursday, November 13th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Florida 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta and Jay Pandolfo scored second-period goals to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at the Meadowlands.
Martin Brodeur made 20 saves for the Devils, who extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2). New Jersey is also 4-0-1 in its last five at home.
Stephen Weiss scored the lone goal for Florida, which is 2-4-0 in its last six. The Panthers were coming off a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay in the first game behind the bench for general manager Rick Dudley, who took over as coach on an interim basis for the fired Mike Keenan.
Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in defeat.
The Devils dominated a scoreless opening period, outshooting the Panthers 11-2.
New Jersey finally beat Luongo at 6:22 of the second on a power play. Brian Rafalski sent a wrist shot toward the net from the right point and Elias deflected the puck past the netminder for his third goal.
Gionta made it 2-0 with 6:37 left in the period, scoring his third of the year. He raced into the Florida zone along the right wing and took a shot from a difficult angle in the low right circle that found its way through Luongo.
Pandolfo then scored his third just 2:33 later, ripping home a shot from the top of the left circle.
The Panthers beat Brodeur in the final minute of the stanza when Weiss lifted a backhander from the slot into the net for his second goal of the season.
Brodeur stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period to keep New Jersey in front.
Florida received its first power play of the game with 2:14 to play when Scott Stevens went off for holding. John Madden was whistled for tripping just 30 seconds later and the Panthers pulled Luongo for a 6-on-3 skating advantage, but could not beat Brodeur.
New Jersey defenseman David Hale assisted on Gionta's goal for his first NHL point...The Devils were 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off Florida's two chances with the extra skater...The teams have split two meetings this season, with Florida posting a 2-1 win at the Meadowlands on October 22.
11/13 22:09:19 ET