NHL Game Summary - Toronto at New Jersey
(Friday, November 2nd)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Toronto 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - John Madden and Zach Parise scored less than two minutes apart late in the third period as the Devils beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, at the Prudential Center.
David Clarkson also scored for New Jersey, which has won two straight after dropping four in a row. Martin Brodeur made 26 saves in the win.
"Our goaltender was outstanding," said Devils coach Brent Sutter. "He was in the groove and he played very, very well."
Mats Sundin and Alexander Steen scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two straight. Vesa Toskala stopped 18-of-21 shots in the loss.
The Devils were outplayed for large chunks of the game, but Madden's short- handed goal with under five minutes left in regulation gave the Devils a 2-1 lead. He ripped the puck upstairs and off the pipe for his sixth goal of the season with 4:12 left.
Then, off a turnover in the neutral zone, Parise gave the Devils a two-goal cushion 1:37 later, but Sundin trimmed the margin in half with a power-play goal with 32 seconds left.
Toronto continued to pressure the puck, but could not net the equalizer.
"Our power play hasn't been winning us games," said Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice, "it's been costing us games. We're just gonna dismantle it, try a whole bunch of new people. It's one thing if it's not scoring, but it can't hurt you like that (giving up a shorthanded goal)."
In the first period, a streaking Clarkson jumped on the loose disc just inside the attacking zone and beat Toskala with a forehand-to-backhand move to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at the 14:17 mark. It was the rugged winger's first goal of the season.
Steen drew the Maple Leafs even with 9:04 remaining in the second when he slid a backhander underneath the pads of Brodeur.
New Jersey entered the game with the league's worst penalty-killing unit (68.9%), but was 4-for-5 on Friday, including the game-winning short-handed goal...Brodeur is two wins shy of becoming the second goaltender in NHL history to reach 500 wins, joining Patrick Roy (551), and he needs two shutouts to tie George Hainsworth (94) for second place on the all-time shutouts list...New Jersey improves to 5-1-1 when scoring first...Jason Blake's assist on Sundin's tally was the 300th point of his career...The Maple Leafs have won seven of last the 10 meetings.
11/02 23:51:41 ET