NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at New Jersey
(Tuesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Ottawa 1 (SO)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - John Madden lit the lamp in the sixth round of the shootout and Martin Brodeur tied a single-season NHL record, as the New Jersey Devils edged the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in their first game since the firing of head coach Claude Julien.
Madden also had a goal in regulation for the Devils, who are now three points ahead of Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division after the Penguins fell to Buffalo on Tuesday. They need just one more point to clinch the division.
Brodeur made 22 saves and came up big in the shootout to pick up his 47th win of the year, which ties him with Philadelphia's Bernie Parent for most victories in a single season. Parent accomplished the feat back in 1973-74.
The record-tying win came under new head coach and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
The shocking news of Julien's dismissal came on Monday, when the Devils also announced that Lamoriello would take over the coaching reins for the remainder of the season.
Julien guided the Devils to a record of 47-24-8 in his first year as the club's head coach. As for Lamoriello, he spent 50 games behind the New Jersey bench last season after Larry Robinson resigned in December, 2005. He led the Devils to the second round of the playoffs, where they were eliminated by eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina.
Daniel Alfredsson had his club's lone goal and Ray Emery made 27 saves for Ottawa, which has already clinched a playoff spot and remains in fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Most of the game was owned by the goaltenders, as Brodeur and Emery combined for 37 saves over the first two periods to leave the game in a scoreless stalemate heading into the final 20 minutes.
The Devils finally broke through 10:15 into the third, when Madden redirected Brian Rafalski's shot from the right point past Emery.
Just 21 seconds later, though, Alfredsson unleashed a shot from the left circle that slipped past a screened Brodeur to induce overtime.
After a fruitless extra session the teams went to a shootout and continued to match one another, leading to several extra rounds. Mike Fisher tried to give his team the edge to start the sixth, but Brodeur denied his backhand try.
Madden then took the ice and slipped a backhander of his own past the pad of Emery to give his team the win.
Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play...The Devils play at the Flyers on Thursday before finishing up at home against the Islanders on Sunday...Ottawa hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday then will finish its season at Boston on Saturday.
04/03 22:49:09 ET