NHL Game Summary - Detroit at New Jersey
(Saturday, December 16th)
Final Score: Detroit 2, New Jersey 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk and Brett Lebda scored in the third period to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Devils, for their first win in New Jersey in more than 13 years.
The last time the Red Wings won in the Garden State was November 20, 1993, a streak that went nine games and included two losses in the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals.
Dominik Hasek made 21 saves for the Red Wings, who have won five of their last six games.
"We wanted to be patient with the puck and not force anything," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "You can't turn the puck over and you have to take what they give you."
Scott Gomez scored the lone goal for New Jersey and Martin Brodeur allowed two goals on 36 shots in the team's third straight loss.
Trailing 1-0, Detroit scored a power-play goal at 8:27 of the third period to even the score. A loose puck caromed out from behind the net into the left circle where Datsyuk fired the puck past a sliding Brodeur.
The Red Wings then took a 2-1 lead a little over two minutes later as Lebda tallied his second goal of the season. Jason Williams controlled the puck along the right boards and fired a pass to a streaking Lebda, who one-timed the disc past Brodeur.
New Jersey never threatened the rest of the contest and finished the final frame with just four shots on goal.
"We stuck with our game plan and they did a tremendous job battling back," said Gomez.
After a scoreless opening period, the Devils drew first blood scoring a power- play goal at 10:57 of the second stanza. From the left point, Brian Gionta fluttered a wrist shot and Gomez skated through the low slot and deflected the puck past Hasek.
Brodeur was busy through the first two periods of action and turned aside all 24 shots fired his way.
The Red Wings have won the last four meetings with the Devils...New Jersey dropped to 11-3-1 at home this season...Detroit outshot the Devils 36-22...Both teams finished 1-for-7 on the power play...Attendance was 15,078.
12/16 16:48:40 ET