NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at New Jersey
(Saturday, October 27th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, New Jersey 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Shean Donovan scored the go-ahead goal and Mike Fisher provided an insurance tally as the Ottawa Senators spoiled the inaugural Devils home game at sparkling new Prudential Center with a three- goal third period on their way to a 4-1 victory.
Andrej Meszaros and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa, which got a masterful performance from goaltender Martin Gerber. Gerber stopped 31 of 32 shots and bookended his one blemish - a second period goal allowed - with shutout first and third periods.
"Our power play has done a good job of coming up with very timely goals," Alfredsson said. "Especially in the third period. We didn't have anything going on in the first minute (of the final power play), and then we got a big goal."
Ottawa won for the fourth straight time to improve its record to 9-1-0, good for the highest point total in the Eastern Conference.
Brian Gionta notched the lone Devils goal, and Martin Brodeur saved 23 shots as New Jersey lost for the fourth straight time in its first game since returning from a season-opening nine-game road trip.
"I don't think it's our effort. I think it's our urgency," said the Devils' John Madden. "We're playing not to lose the game instead of to win. We're not doing enough to win the game. We've got to do more. We've got to ask more of ourselves, and then we'll go from there."
Gerber and Brodeur combined to hold both offenses scoreless in the first period, and the game remained tied until a little more than five minutes into the second period when Meszaros converted after rebounding a shot by Jason Spezza.
The Devils answered with six minutes to go in the stanza, as Patrik Elias' shot on net from the right wing deflected off the pad of Gerber and was put back in by Gionta.
Donovan put the Sens on top 6:40 into the third with another putback of a rebound. Chris Kelly had scooped up the puck behind the net after Antoine Vermette had it knocked loose, and Kelly fired a shot that Brodeur blocked with his stick. But Donovan followed the play and beat Brodeur over his left shoulder with a wrist shot for the lead.
Fisher then gave Ottawa some breathing room on the power play following a holding penalty on New Jersey's Vitaly Vishnevski. The Devils' penalty-kill crew had stifled the Sens throughout the game and did the same for the better part of the two minutes before Fisher controlled a rebound in front of the net and slipped the puck past Brodeur at 13:34.
New Jersey had its chances against Gerber on a power play that began with just 1:23 remaining, but it was Ottawa that ultimately converted when Alfredsson chased down a cleared puck and registered an empty-netter for the final tally.
"They had the crowd. They had the new building," said Vermette. "And they came out pretty hard on us. But we played a hard road game and found a way to get the two points."
Each team had three power-play opportunities, and each converted once...New Jersey outshot the Senators in the first period 18-5...Ottawa had not played in a week, last beating Florida, 4-1, last Saturday...The Senators are now 4-0 on the road for the season, and snapped a two-game losing steak in the Garden State.
10/27 23:09:49 ET