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Skilled Salmela rewarded with OT winner

Saturday, 03.12.2011 / 11:50 PM / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 34 22 7 5 108 80 49
2 NYI 34 23 11 0 105 94 46
3 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
4 TBL 36 21 11 4 117 96 46
5 DET 35 18 8 9 100 87 45
6 TOR 35 20 12 3 118 102 43
7 NYR 32 18 10 4 97 83 40
8 WSH 34 17 11 6 99 90 40
9 BOS 35 18 14 3 91 91 39
10 FLA 32 15 9 8 73 82 38
11 PHI 34 14 14 6 97 101 34
12 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
13 CBJ 33 14 16 3 80 107 31
14 NJD 36 12 17 7 78 104 31
15 BUF 35 13 19 3 69 115 29
16 CAR 34 10 20 4 70 93 24

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 29 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 35 5 15 -12 20
M. Zidlicky 36 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 24 11 4 -1 15
M. Ryder 34 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 29 4 6 2 10
S. Bernier 25 2 7 4 9
A. Greene 36 0 9 -2 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 4 .917 2.51