NHL Game Summary - Calgary at New Jersey
(Sunday, February 22nd)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Calgary 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias scored twice to lead New Jersey to a 3-1 win over Calgary at the Meadowlands.
Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the Devils, who won their second straight game and improved to 4-1-1 in their last six. Turner Stevenson added an empty- net tally. Scott Gomez, coming off a five-point performance Saturday against the New York Rangers, added two assists.
Chuck Kobasew scored for the Flames, who suffered their third straight loss. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 23 shots.
After his team killed off a five-minute cross checking penalty against Colin White, Elias snapped a 1-1 tie for New Jersey with 3:54 left in the second period. Positioned near the left post, he scored on a pass by Gomez from the right faceoff circle.
"[Elias] is a leader on his line," Devils head coach Pat Burns said. "I hear what he says on the bench. He stays on top of things."
Stevenson added an empty-net goal for the Devils with 14 seconds remaining in the third period.
New Jersey was outshot 6-3 in the final period before the empty-netter. Calgary, which posted 19 shots on goal, had under 20 shots for the fourth straight game.
Early in the first period, Kiprusoff turned away two point-blank shots. Then, Elias put the Devils ahead 1-0 at 4:48 of the first. His 24th goal of the season came on a high wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.
New Jersey dominated the period, holding a 13-5 shots advantage.
Kobasew's power-play goal 5:09 into the second period forged a 1-1 tie for the Flames. Positioned in the slot, he picked up a loose puck that deflected off a New Jersey defender and beat Brodeur with a wrist shot.
"Our power play is keeping us in games," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said.
Scott Niedermayer also notched two assists for the Devils, who improved to 3-2-1 in the last six meetings with the Flames...Elias has scored five goals in the last three games for New Jersey, while Gomez has 11 points (2g, 9a) in his last four contests...Calgary fell to 14-12-1-2 on the road this season and lost for the second time in five trips to East Rutherford.
02/22 16:52:42 ET