NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at New Jersey
(Sunday, February 15th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Paul Martin scored his first goal in 28 games with just over a minute remaining in overtime, as the New Jersey Devils overcame an early two-goal deficit to post a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the Meadowlands.
Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist and Sergei Brylin also scored for the Devils, who won their second straight game following a two-game skid. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves in the New Jersey victory.
Pavel Rosa and Tomas Zizka each scored their first career goals for Los Angeles, which dropped its third straight game. In the midst of a grueling seven-game road trip, the walking-wounded Kings still managed to pick up a point and improve to 2-1-1-2. Their final stop on the trip comes on Monday on Long Island against the Islanders.
The Devils were able to post the game-winner straight off a faceoff in the Los Angeles zone. John Madden won the draw cleanly, sweeping the puck straight back to Martin at the right point. The defenseman fired a wrister through the screen of two Los Angeles players, and beat Roman Cechmanek stick-side to end the contest at 3:53 of the overtime period.
"I was screened. I saw nothing," said Cechmanek, who finished with 32 saves. "I yelled at my (defense) to move, and they were moving a little late."
All the bounces and breaks seemed to favor Los Angeles in the opening period, resulting in two goals by two unlikely sources. Rosa opened the scoring with his first career tally 7:34 into the contest. He sent the puck toward the net, and the bouncing disc fooled Brodeur and skipped under the netminder for a 1-0 Kings lead.
Zizka also added his first career goal later in the first period. He scored on the power play at the midway point of the stanza when his shot from the left boards deflected off New Jersey defenseman Scott Niedermayer's stick. The shot was clearly headed wide of the net, but the deflection again fooled Brodeur, allowing the puck to find its way through his legs and into the net.
"It wasn't a very good first 10 minutes," Devils coach Pat Burns explained.
New Jersey, however, shifted the momentum in its favor with a power-play tally of its own late in the period. Brylin eventually got the goal following a scramble in front of the Los Angeles net. Langenbrunner's shot hit the post and caromed across the crease, allowing Brylin to swoop in and pick up the loose puck after several players were unable to corral the disc.
Langenbrunner was also involved in the tying goal for New Jersey seven minutes into the second period. Stationed in front he deflected a low, hard point shot from Martin through the five-hole of Cechmanek.
Moments later the Kings threatened, but Derek Armstrong's shot rang off the right post to keep the game knotted at 2-2.
The pace and scoring opportunities both decreased considerably in the third period. The Devils did pressure late in the stanza, but Cechmanek got just enough of a Turner Stevenson shot with around a minute to play to allow the game to head into overtime.
"I thought we battled in the third," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "I really liked our battle in the third. We competed and found a way to get a point today."
New Jersey dominated play over the first couple of minutes of the extra session, and it eventually paid off with the game-winner by Martin.
Martin last scored on December 4 against Washington...New Jersey finished just 1-for-7 on the power play, while LA went 1-for-4 with the man advantage...The Kings have nine players injured and out of the lineup, including star Ziggy Palffy...The Kings have lost just once in regulation their last eight road tilts (4-1-1-2)...Los Angeles' Ian Laperriere got called for a penalty for closing his hand on the puck in the second period to record his 1,000th penalty minute with the team.
02/15 17:44:02 ET