NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at New Jersey
(Monday, January 5th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias assisted on Sergei Brylin's tying goal late in the third period and scored the winner 41 seconds into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the Meadowlands.
Scott Gomez set up a pair of goals, including the winner, for New Jersey, which won for the first time in four games (1-2-1). Turner Stevenson also scored for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur made 23 saves.
Raffi Torres and Ethan Moreau scored for the Oilers, who had a two-game win streak stopped but earned a point for the fourth straight game (2-0-1-1). Tommy Salo stopped 23 shots in defeat.
Edmonton had a three-game road win streak stopped and is 2-0-0-1 on a six-game road trip that continues Thursday against the New York Islanders.
The Devils tied it while skating 4-on-4 with 4:38 left in the third period. Scott Niedermayer had the puck in the Edmonton zone in the right circle and fed a pass back to the point for Elias, who sent a wrist shot on net. Brylin was in the slot and deflected it past Salo for his seventh goal.
Gomez and Elias then combined for the winner. Gomez raced into the Edmonton zone along the right wing and pulled up in the circle. He then fed a pass into the slot for an onrushing Elias, who deflected it past Salo for his 12th goal.
"It's been a while since we played together," said Gomez about the winning goal. "I was thinking about going above the guy's stick and remembered Patty also told me: 'I'll act like I'm going wide and cut in.' That's what he did. It's an old play from `99, or is it 2000."
Moreau gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead just 3:35 into the third period. The puck was chipped out of the Edmonton zone and past the Devil defense, which was in the middle of a line change. Moreau beat everyone to the puck along the left wing boards at center ice, raced into the New Jersey zone and tucked a backhander through Brodeur's pads for his eighth goal.
Brodeur kept the Devils within one with just under 10 minutes to play with a sliding stop on Mike York.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead just 5:06 into the game on their second power play of the contest. Gomez picked up the puck in the left corner, skated behind the net and fed a pass in front for Stevenson, who flipped a shot from the right side of the crease through Salo's pads for his third goal of the season.
New Jersey nearly scored again while shorthanded with just under nine minutes left in the opening period, but John Madden hit the post on a breakaway.
Brodeur made a brilliant sliding save on a deflection by Jason Chimera in the first minute of the second period, but the Oilers tied it on their next rush.
York carried the puck across the New Jersey blue line and backhanded a pass into the right circle for Radek Dvorak, who sent it across the low slot. Torres was racing through the left circle to join the play and redirected Dvorak's feed past a sliding Brodeur for his 11th goal.
Edmonton outshot New Jersey 12-6 in the second period.
Gomez has 199 career assists...Stevenson had missed the previous 12 games with a groin infection...The Devils improved to 4-1-9 in overtime this season, while the Oilers lost for the first time in the extra session (2-1-7)...The Devils played at home for just the second time in 11 games...Edmonton, which beat Chicago on Sunday, fell to 0-3-1-1 in the second of games on consecutive nights...The Oilers also lost for the first time in their last five trips to New Jersey (3-0-1-1).
01/06 01:30:19 ET