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Skilled Salmela rewarded with OT winner

Saturday, 03.12.2011 / 11:50 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Anssi Salmela picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season.

His overtime tally on Saturday lifted the Devils to a 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders, propelling New Jersey within six points of a playoff spot.

Though Salmela had just four assists in his previous 33 games, his teammates weren’t surprised by the Finnish defenseman’s offensive flash.

“I don’t know he doesn’t have more goals, actually,” said Martin Brodeur. “He’s a pretty skilled player. He’s been playing some good hockey and definitely getting rewarded with a big overtime goal is really nice for him and really nice for us to see that from him.”

Salmela was reacquired by New Jersey in last season’s Ilya Kovalchuk trade. He needed knee surgery to repair an injury he sustained in international play during the offseason and missed the first 27 games of the season.

“He wasn’t here, wasn’t among the regulars, was not even dressing,” Jacques Lemaire said. “Then we got injuries, he got back in and played well.”

Lemaire thinks Saturday’s goal could be a preview of what’s yet to come from the 26-year-old blueliner.

“He’s capable of playing like this,” the coach said. “But at a certain time he’s losing it. He wants to make it more complicated and he gets in trouble. When he keeps it simple, he’s got great mobility, good puck control – he’s got a good shot.”

Jacob Josefson scored his first NHL goal in the first period, then admired Salmela's winner in OT.

"It was great," Josefson said. "A really good shot, top shelf. Couldn’t have been prettier."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59