NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at St. Louis
(Saturday, January 31st)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Sergei Brylin and Patrik Elias scored just 47 seconds apart in the second period as the New Jersey Devils toppled the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at the Savvis Center.
Brian Gionta lit the lamp twice for the Devils, who have dropped just one of their last five games (4-1-0). Martin Brodeur made 30 saves for his 24th win of the year, good for second in the league behind the Stars' Marty Turco.
Keith Tkachuk scored the lone goal for the Blues, whose winless streak was extended to six games (0-5-1). Reinhard Divis stopped just 21 of the 24 shots he faced between the pipes for St. Louis.
Brylin broke a 1-1 tie with 7:09 left in the middle frame when he tipped a slap shot by Jamie Langenbrunner past Divis. Langenbrunner, playing in just his second game since having knee surgery in late November, one-timed a pass by Scott Niedermayer, but it was Brylin who got a piece of it for his 10th marker this season.
Elias netted his 19th goal of the campaign on a breakaway only 47 seconds later, ripping a shot to the top corner behind Divis.
Brodeur made 15 stops in final two periods to hold St. Louis at bay.
"We just couldn't find a way to beat that Brodeur," said Tkachuk. "That's why he's a big time goalie. Right now we've got to snap out of it because we're slipping away pretty quick."
Gionta added an empty-net goal in the waning seconds for his second goal of the game, putting the exclamation point on the victory.
Gionta opened the scoring 12 minutes into the contest with his 10th goal of the campaign. Chris Pronger tried to play infielder on a dump-in by John Madden, but it bounced past him. Jay Pandolfo skated down the left boards around the defenseman and fed one across to Gionta, who deposited the puck into the cage.
The Blues evened the score five minutes later when Niedermayer turned the puck over at his own blue line. Scott Mellanby skated down the right wing with it and faked a shot before feeding it over to Tkachuk for his 21st goal of the season.
"We played obviously one of the top teams in the league tonight and we came out of the game and played a great first period," added Mellanby. "We're just really having a hard time getting the puck in the net."
Elias now has four goals in his last five games...The Devils finished 0-for-4 on the power play while St. Louis was scoreless in two chances with the extra skater...Langenbrunner received a cut to his left eye in the second period but he didn't miss any action.
02/01 00:51:14 ET