NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Edmonton
(Friday, December 21st)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta scored within 35 seconds of each other early in the third period, as the New Jersey Devils scored three times in the third to down the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1.
Both Elias and Gionta had an assist in the third period, and John Madden sealed the win with an empty-netter. Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots for the Devils, who have won two of three.
Joni Pitkanen scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who have lost two in a row after winning three straight. Mathieu Garon stopped 30 shots for Edmonton.
Pitkanen put the Oilers on top 15:15 into the first period, sweeping in the rebound of an Ales Hemsky shot to put Edmonton ahead 1-0.
Elias' score, his seventh of the season, tied the game at 1-1 five minutes into the third period.
Gionta struck 35 seconds later to put the Devils on top. Dainius Zubrus skated in on net and tried to tuck a shot past Garon, who defended the initial shot, but Gionta was there for the rebound, and flipped it in for a 2-1 lead.
Madden's empty-netter clinched the win with just 29 seconds left.
Elias now has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 12 games against the Oilers...Edmonton is 1-3-1 in its last five home games.
12/21 23:58:23 ET