NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at New Jersey
(Tuesday, December 13th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Edmonton 1 (SO)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Viktor Kozlov netted the game-winner in the shootout to lead the New Jersey Devils over the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Richard Matvichuk scored the lone regulation goal and Martin Brodeur made 29 saves and stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout for the Devils, who stopped their second four-game losing streak of the season.
Cory Cross got the only goal for the Oilers, who have lost their last two games and have been defeated in three of their last four contests. Ty Conklin made 27 saves in regulation, but gave up scores to Kozlov and Brian Gionta in the shootout.
Jarret Stoll had the first attempt for Edmonton in the shootout, but Brodeur made a glove save on a wrist shot. Kozlov faked to the backhand to get Conklin out of position and went back to the forehand to score his goal.
"I obviously bit on that first fake," said Conklin. "I didn't think he could get all the way across there and he did."
Ales Hemsky then had his attempt broken up by Brodeur, who used his stick to knock the puck away. Gionta used a backhander to put the puck past Conklin to seal the victory for New Jersey.
"He was playing out of his crease," said Gionta. "So I tried setting up the shot and getting it around him."
The Devils got the only goal of the opening 20 minutes. Matvichuk let loose with a blast from the slot that went through a screen and into the net for his first goal of the season at the 11:51 mark.
The Oilers tied the game 8:23 into the second period. Cross had the puck along the left boards and sticked it in front. However, the disc deflected off of New Jersey forward Jamie Langenbrunner in front of the net and past Brodeur.
The third period and overtime turned into a defensive struggle. Brodeur made 12 saves in the third period, while Conklin stopped seven shots in the same period. Conklin then turned aside six shots in overtime.
New Jersey will host Atlanta on Thursday...The Oilers return home for a game against the Canadiens on Thursday...The Devils were 0-for-9 with the man advantage and have only scored twice in their last 35 attempts...Edmonton went 0-for-5 on the power play.
12/13 23:53:04 ET