Devils 4, Bruins 3 (F/OT)
Zach Parise (l.) had a four-point night, and leads the Devils in goals (14), assists (18) and points (32).
newjerseydevils.com (Dec. 5) – Jamie Langenbrunner
's captaincy is off to an unforgettable start.
In Langenbrunner's first game as the Devils' new captain, Patrik Elias
scored twice, including the overtime winner, and New Jersey stormed back from a 3-0 first-period deficit to notch a 4-3 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center on Wednesday night.
recorded his second four-point effort in three games with two goals and two assists as New Jersey scored twice in the second period and once in the third to stage their biggest comeback of the season.
In overtime, Elias and Parise criss-crossed on a rush into Boston territory, allowing Elias to collect Parise's drop pass and fire a wrist shot from the right circle through Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask at 3:16 of the extra session.
It was Elias' sixth of the season, and fourth game winner. The three-time 30-goal scorer also added an assist and his line with Parise and Brian Gionta combined for an eight-point night (4g-4a).
The Devils' (15-10-2) extended their season-high winning streak to eight games in memorable fashion, and crept into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the Flyers and Rangers.
(13-10-1) made 23 saves for his eighth straight win. He stopped eight of 11 shots in the first period before settling down with 15 saves over the final 40 minutes. Boston did not record a shot in overtime.
Brodeur is undefeated since capturing his 500th win, and with 507 career victories he now sits 44 shy of Patrick Roy's league record of 551.
New Jersey opened the game back on its heels, and could only watch as Boston struck three times in the first period on goals by Zdeno Chara and Glen Murray, along with a power-play tally from Dennis Wideman.
But Parise and Elias each scored in the second period to cut Boston's lead to one heading into the final frame.
Elias got the Devils on the board with his fifth of the season, redirecting a Gionta pass through Boston goaltender Tim Thomas on a 3-on-2 rush with Parise at 6:51.
Parise netted his seventh power-play goal when he tucked an Elias pass through Thomas' pads with 4:09 left in the second.
Parise's second goal of the night with 5:57 left in regulation was his team-leading 14th of the season and completed New Jersey's comeback with the club's third straight goal of the contest.
Parise tipped Sheldon Brookbank's shot from the right point for his team-leading 14th goal of the season. The third-year forward has registered three multi-goal performances during the current winning streak, including his first career hat trick.
Brookbank, who had been a healthy scratch in two straight games, had two assists for his first points as a Devil.
Chara notched the first goal of the contest with a slapshot from the point for his fourth of the season from Phil Kessel at 6:21.
Five minutes later, Paul Martin misfired on a pass to John Madden in the defensive zone, allowing P.J. Axelsson to set up Glen Murray's ninth of the season at 11:36.
Boston converted on its only power play of the first period when Wideman's shot from the left circle beat Brodeur over his left shoulder.
The Devils won for just the second time this season when trailing after two periods, and conclude the five-game homestand when they host Scott Stevens Hall of Fame Night against the Washington Capitals this Friday at 7 p.m.
Langenbrunner is the eighth player in team history to wear the captain's "C." Madden and Martin each wore an "A" as Devils alternate captains on Wednesday... Gionta's assist on Elias' goal was the 100th of his career... Jay Pandolfo missed his third straight game with a groin injury suffered on Nov. 28 against Dallas... Johnny Oduya and Mike Rupp were healthy scratches.... Tim Thomas left the game at 1:10 left in regulation, and was replaced in net by Tuukka Rask.
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