NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at New Jersey
(Friday, November 17th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Ottawa 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The line of Jamie Langenbrunner, Travis Zajac and Zach Parise accounted for all three New Jersey goals as the Devils withstood a late Ottawa rally to beat the Senators, 3-2 at Continental Airlines Arena.
Langenbrunner, Zajac and Parise each picked up three points, with Langenbrunner posting two goals and an assist for the Devils, who won for the seventh time in their last nine games.
"We were just clicking out there," said Zajac. "We were battling down low and were able to win battles and get a couple scoring chances. Overall, it was a pretty good night for our line."
Parise had a goal and two assists, while Zajac finished with three helpers for New Jersey, which will begin a five-game road trip on Saturday in Toronto.
Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson each tallied a goal for the slumping Senators, who lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games.
Down 3-0 at the second intermission, Ottawa finally got to Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur in the third period to cut its deficit to one goal.
At the 5:38 mark, Andrej Meszaros fired a shot from the point that Neil redirected through Brodeur's five-hole to get Ottawa on the board.
The Senators struck again with 8:31 left in regulation. Antoine Vermette's turn-around shot in close deflected off Brodeur's stick and into the slot for Alfredsson, who buried the puck top-shelf to make it a one-goal game.
Ottawa then pulled goaltender Ray Emery late to provide an extra attacker, but the Devils didn't allow the Senators to set up offensively and New Jersey held on the for the win.
Brodeur needed to make only 15 saves for New Jersey, while Emery ended the game with 20 stops.
"I thought we definitely controlled the third period and made a valiant effort at the comeback," said Emery. "But it was too little too late at that point"
Powered by Langenbrunner's line, the Devils held a 3-0 advantage after the second period.
Just 2:29 into the opening period, Zajac collected the puck along the left boards and fed it in front of the net for Parise, who perfectly redirected the disc into the slot of Langenbrunner, who in turn one-timed it past Emery for the goal.
"I just saw Jamie coming in from the side," said Parise about his pass. "If (Langenbrunner) wasn't there, it would have been a pretty bad play. But Jamie put it home and there was no question."
Then, with 52 seconds left in the period, Parise sent a pass through the crease that eluded Emery and found Langenbrunner on the doorstep and he stuffed it home for the power-play goal to make it 2-0.
New Jersey built a 3-0 lead 6:56 into the second period on a pretty tic-tac- toe play involving Langenbrunner, Zajac and Parise that saw Parise pick up his eighth goal of the season.
The Devils won for the eighth time in 10 home games (8-1-1)...Ottawa will host Buffalo on Saturday...Devils defenseman David Hale, who had been on injured reserve all season after he was hit above the right eye by a stray puck in practice, made his season debut...New Jersey cashed in on its only power play chance, while Ottawa squandered two opportunities with the man-advantage.
11/17 23:08:52 ET