NHL Game Summary - Toronto at New Jersey
(Friday, March 2nd)
Final Score: Toronto 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jeff O'Neill scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give Toronto a 4-3 victory over New Jersey in a game marred by an injury to Maple Leafs veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle.
Carlo Colaiacovo, Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan scored less than three minutes apart in the third period for the Maple Leafs, who snapped a two-game skid. Andrew Raycroft made 22 saves for Toronto and stopped Sergei Brylin's chance to end the shootout.
"It's obviously a bit of a confidence boost," Raycroft said. "We're never out of games. We were close to the end there, but we fought back and scored three, not just to make it close, but to take the lead was huge. It's a good win."
Jamie Langenbrunner, Jay Pandolfo and Brylin scored for New Jersey, which had its two-game win streak broken. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils, but couldn't come up big in the shootout.
Zach Parise scored in the shootout for the Devils, who would have won the game if Brodeur would have stopped Yanic Perreault on Toronto's third try. However, Perreault faked to get Brodeur down and then beat the netminder high to extend the session.
John Madden failed on an attempt to give New Jersey the win, and Alex Steen and Langenbrunner traded goals in the fourth round of the shootout until O'Neill beat Brodeur with a forehand under the glove. Brylin was then stopped by Raycroft to end the game.
Kaberle was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the second period. New Jersey forward Cam Janssen leveled Kaberle against the boards, after Kaberle passed the puck from his own right circle. Janssen's left elbow connected with the face of Kaberle, who then fell face-first into the boards.
"There's absolutely no place for it in this game," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said.
Kaberle was fitted with a neck brace and loaded onto a stretcher before exiting 5:09 into the second period. He was taken to a local hospital.
"I regret that he got hurt, obviously," Janssen said. "I've got to take the body. I've got to play my game, but you never want to see that, obviously. You never want to see him go down and I hope he's okay, and I'm sure he will be."
The Maple Leafs scored three times in less than three minutes in the third to grab a 3-2 lead. Colaiacovo's goal came at the 8:35 mark on a 4-on-4 situation from in front.
Antropov's tally 2:04 later on the power play tied the game. Ian White took a shot from the high slot and Antropov was in front to tip the disc past Brodeur.
The Leafs went ahead 47 seconds later on Stajan's 10th of the season, after the Devils gave away the puck behind the net. Stajan took a shot from the slot, but the puck deflected off New Jersey's Paul Martin and past Brodeur.
The Devils forged the tie with 1:09 left in regulation on Brylin's power play tally, as New Jersey took advantage of a hooking penalty on Stajan. Toronto's Bryan McCabe failed to clear the puck from his own zone and Brylin's shot from the slot hit Madden. Brylin then pounced on the loose puck near the right circle and deposited it past an out of position Raycroft.
Langenbrunner scored on the power play 57 seconds into the second period on a one- timer from the high slot, and it became 2-0 on Pandolfo's goal at the 17:19 mark on a tip-in from Colin White's shot from above the left circle.
"I don't think we're ever happy about losing," Devils coach Claude Julien said. "I think our team was certainly not as sharp as of late. Some of the mistakes we made on those goals were things we had been staying away from for quite a while. No doubt, this was not a great outing."
New Jersey had won the previous two meetings this season...Toronto finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Devils were 2-for-7...This was Raycroft's 26th straight start.
03/02 23:45:44 ET