NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at St. Louis
(Tuesday, January 17th)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, St. Louis 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta netted two goals and Martin Brodeur moved into fifth place in the all-time NHL win column as the New Jersey Devils beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-3, at the Savvis Center.
Brodeur made 26 saves on the way to his 424th victory, moving him past Tony Esposito for the fifth spot. John Madden had a goal and an assist and Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner each added three assists for the Devils, who have won their last seven games.
Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger each had a goal and an assist for the hapless Blues, losers of their last seven contests.
Curtis Sanford stopped eight of 11 shots before being pulled from the net and was replaced by Jason Bacashihua, who made seven saves for St. Louis, which is in last place in the league with 25 points.
The Blues were trailing 3-1 going into the final period, but they tied it up with goals separated by 1:20 early in the third.
However, the Devils took the lead after the halfway mark of the third.
Elias let fly with a shot high in the slot that Bacashihua made a save on. The puck came loose and after a mad scramble in front of the net, Grant Marshall poked it in with 8:39 remaining in the contest.
Jay Pandolfo put in an empty-net goal with 9.9 seconds left to seal the victory for New Jersey.
The Devils took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission with two scores by Gionta.
Elias let fly with a backhander from the high slot that Gionta, who was parked in front of the net, tipped over Sanford's shoulder just 3:24 into the contest.
While on the power play Langenbrunner had the puck at the top of the left circle. Langenbrunner got the puck to Gionta down low on the left side and he swept a wraparound through Sanford's five-hole with 8:40 left in the first.
New Jersey took a 3-0 lead after Madden took a shot from the right circle that deflected off of a St. Louis stick and into the net just 8:28 into the second period.
Sanford was pulled from net after the tally and replaced by Bacashihua and the Blues responded with three unanswered goals.
St. Louis got on the board with a power-play tally to make it a 3-1 contest. Weight had the puck in the high slot and he sent it to Dennis Wideman at the right circle. Wideman let fly with a one-timer that Brodeur slowed down with the glove, but the puck trickled past the goal line with 9:25 to play in the second.
The Blues made it a 3-2 game after Weight put a wraparound shot from the left side through Brodeur's legs 4:58 into the third period.
Just 1:20 later Scott Young skated the puck behind the Devils net and from the right side sent a pass to the slot where Sillinger one-timed it into the upper left corner to even the score up.
New Jersey finishes a three-game road trip on Thursday at Nashville...The Blues next play in Washington on Thursday...The Devils have won five straight, and six of the last seven meetings with the Blues...Both teams went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
01/17 23:01:18 ET