NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Boston
(Thursday, February 9th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Boston 2 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game 2:10 into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Patrik Elias added the other marker and Martin Brodeur stopped 37 shots for the Devils, who have won two straight and stopped a three-game losing streak on the road.
Glen Murray and Wayne Primeau scored goals and Tim Thomas made 31 saves for the Bruins, who have dropped three of their last four games.
The Devils took a 2-1 lead less than halfway through the final period, but the Bruins tied it less than five minutes later to force overtime.
"This was a game that was going to be decided by a break, the way it was going," said New Jersey coach Lou Lamoriello. "They played extremely well. We traded chances. Both sides had their chances and somebody has to win and somebody has to lose and we were on the right side of it."
In overtime, Sergei Brylin skated behind the Boston net with Brian Leetch draped all over him. Brylin came out the left side of the net and slammed on the brakes to get away from Leetch. Brylin then sent a centering pass to Gionta, who one-timed it into the net for the game-winner.
"He's a dangerous player," said Boston coach Mike Sullivan about Gionta. "He's one of those guys who's really been able to take advantage of the rules changes. He's difficult to defend."
Boston drew first blood in the game. Brad Boyes made a pass from the low right circle to Murray in the slot. Murray kicked the puck it from his left skate to his stick and shot it through Brodeur's five-hole with 8:59 left in the opening period.
However, the Devils tied the game in the second period. Scott Gomez came charging down the left boards and once he got into the Boston zone sent the puck to Elias in the high slot. Elias skated down a little further and snapped a wrister that beat Thomas low to the stick side 5:52 in.
New Jersey took a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal. Boston's P.J. Axelsson had a chance to put Boston up, but hit the outside of the net. On the transition, Brian Rafalski brought the puck down on the left side on the rush, made the move to get past a defenseman and centered it to Gionta, who tapped it in 7:56 into the final period.
However, the Bruins tied it back up a little over four minutes later. Leetch had the puck behind the net and sent it to the low right circle where Primeau one-timed it in to knot the game up 2-2 with 7:47 left in regulation.
The Devils host the Islanders on Saturday in their final contest before the Olympic break...Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday in its last game before the break...New Jersey is 3-0 against Boston this season...Neither team scored on the power play with New Jersey having three chances and the Bruins two.
02/10 02:21:46 ET