NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Ottawa
(Monday, October 8th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, New Jersey 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, to remain unbeaten.
Dany Heatley recorded a goal and an assist and Jason Spezza added three helpers for the Senators, who have begun the season with four straight wins.
Netminder Martin Gerber finished with 27 saves for Ottawa, which has killed off 21 straight power plays to start the season.
"(Gerber) got everything to hit him," said Alfredsson. "That's real good for a goalie. He's playing everything real tight. It seems like he sees the puck most of the time, but even when he's not, he finds a way to get in the way. He's been real consistent and it obviously gives our defense a lot of confidence."
Zach Parise had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who lost to Ottawa in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals in five games. Martin Brodeur ended with 33 saves.
Ottawa outshot New Jersey 17-9 in the opening period and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Just under five minutes into the game, Antoine Vermette fed the puck to Chris Kelly in the slot. A Devils player blocked his initial shot, but Kelly collected the rebound and wristed it past Brodeur for the goal.
The Senators made it 2-0 with 4:44 left before the first intermission as Alfredsson, along the right boards, sent the puck down low to Spezza, who sent the puck in front for Heatley and he buried to give Ottawa a two-goal lead.
New Jersey took advantage of a Senators turnover early in the second period to cut its deficit in half. After Ottawa coughed the puck up behind its own net, the Devils emerged with a 2-on-1 in front of Gerber and Dainius Zubrus found Arron Asham for the score.
The Senators responded with a power-play tally 5:33 into the final period. Alfredsson fired a shot on net and Wade Redden was there to stuff the rebound underneath Brodeur's pads to make it 3-1. The light didn't go off, but an upstairs review confirmed the call on the ice.
New Jersey answered just under two minutes later with a disputed goal of their own. Andy Greene rifled a shot on net from the point that Parise deflected up and over Gerber. Senators defenseman Andrej Meszaros appeared to save a goal, swiping the puck out of the crease. However, an upstairs review revealed that the puck crossed the goal line.
The Devils, though, were unable to carry the momentum and Alfredsson iced the game with an empty-net goal with 48.3 seconds remaining.
"Playing only 40 minutes just won't cut it," said New Jersey's Patrik Elias. "You've got to play the full 60 minutes. If you're not ready in the first period, you're probably not preparing the right way. Maybe we gave them too much respect in the first period."
Brodeur fell to 28-17-4 lifetime against the Senators...Parise is now just three points shy of 100 for his career.
10/08 22:34:52 ET