NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at New Jersey
(Tuesday, February 3rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Ottawa 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jeff Friesen scored the winning goal with 6:13 left in the third period to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Meadowlands.
Patrik Elias also scored and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for New Jersey, which has won two straight and five of its last six. The Devils are 7-2-1 since a 4-0 shutout at the hands of the Senators.
"Anytime you beat one of the good teams in the league it's always something (to be proud of)," said Devils head coach Pat Burns.
Patrick Lalime stopped 26 shots in that January 13 game at New Jersey, and made 24 saves in this one. Radek Bonk scored the lone goal for Ottawa, which has lost two straight and wrapped up a four-game road trip 1-3-0.
Friesen, who scored the clinching goal in New Jersey's seventh-game victory over Ottawa in last spring's Eastern Conference finals, snapped a 1-1 tie with a nice deflection.
Sergei Brylin worked the puck free in the right corner and kicked it into the right circle for Jamie Langenbrunner, who fed a pass toward the slot. Friesen was able to redirect the pass home for his 12th goal.
"We lost the battle in the corner," said Senators head coach Jacques Martin. "First off, we turned the puck over for no reason and then lost the battle and a guy was wide open in front of the net."
Brodeur made it stand up. He turned aside all nine shots he faced in the third period.
After a scoreless first period, Bonk gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead with 5:49 left in the second. He skated in front of Brodeur and tipped a Wade Redden shot home for his 12th goal.
The Devils, stymied by Lalime on 15 shots in the first and the first four of the second, tied it with just 53 seconds left in the middle period.
Elias sent a cross-ice pass from the left boards in the neutral zone to Scott Gomez, who raced into the Ottawa end along the right wing. Gomez tried a backhander that went wide, but he chased the puck behind the net and fed it in front to Elias, who lifted a shot over Lalime for his 20th goal.
"That was a big goal for us, especially with all of the chances we missed at that point of the period," Burns said. "To come in and do that, it gives you that big boost again."
Elias reached 20 goals for the fifth straight season...The Devils improved to 8-4-1 since captain Scott Stevens went down with post-concussion syndrome...New Jersey defenseman Brian Rafalski was chosen to replace Stevens on the Eastern Conference team for this Sunday's All-Star Game...Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer was selected as the captain for the East squad in place of Stevens...The Devils captured this season's series, 3-1-0, winning by one goal in each of their victories.
02/04 00:21:02 ET