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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 49 23 8 2 31
A. Henrique 54 12 19 -1 31
J. Jagr 57 11 18 -10 29
P. Elias 51 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 37 5 18 -7 23
M. Zidlicky 61 4 19 -8 23
S. Bernier 46 10 8 1 18
T. Zajac 53 8 10 -5 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 43 2 15 4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 5 .926 2.22
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59