NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Ottawa
(Saturday, December 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Scott Niedermayer and Brian Gionta scored in the final two minutes of play, as the New Jersey Devils rallied for a surprising 2-1 victory over Ottawa at Corel Centre.
Martin Prusek was looking for a shutout in his first ever appearance against the Devils, but Patrick Elias' wrist shot from the left circle hit Niedermayer in front and deflected past the Ottawa netminder to make it 1-1 with 1:37 remaining.
Then, with time winding down, Gionta fought for the puck behind the Ottawa net, finally winning the battle and skating in front for a backhand wrap- around goal with just 18 seconds remaining in the game.
Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots at the other end for New Jersey, which has won two straight on the heels of a four-game winless streak (0-2-2).
Prusek turned aside 18 of the 20 shots he faced for Ottawa, which opened up a 1-0 lead just 2:26 into the game.
Daniel Alfredsson scored on a power play, but it was made possible by Radek Bonk's work along the right boards. Four players were tied up with the puck, which Bonk freed before sending a pass to Alfredsson at the right point.
Alfredsson skated in five feet before beating Brodeur glove-side with a slap shot for his 12th goal of the season, extending his point streak to eight games (4g, 6a).
The Senators had a three-game win streak snapped.
Brodeur has allowed two goals or less in 12 of his last 14 starts...The Devils are 6-1-4 on the road this season.
12/06 21:54:47 ET