|NJD||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|CGY||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
The Atlantic Division-leading Devils hope to extend Calgary's home slump when they conclude their three-game road trip with a visit to the Pengrowth Saddledome tonight (8 p.m., FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).
New Jersey (19-13-3) is looking to wrap up a three-game swing through western Canada with a winning record. They lost 5-0 in Vancouver on Tuesday, but scored twice in the third period to pick up a 3-1 victory Friday in Edmonton.
"We went five periods without scoring a goal and then things happened pretty quickly there," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said. "We were playing more the way we wanted to play."
Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta scored in a 35-second span to lift the Devils, and John Madden added an empty-net goal.
"There is a real fine line between winning and losing," Madden said. "We had some good chances in Vancouver and didn't get any breaks. Tonight we capitalized on some of our chances and they missed on some of theirs."
Martin Brodeur made 20 saves after allowing all five goals three nights earlier. The Devils own the second-most points in the Eastern Conference.
"It was a pivotal game," Gionta said. "It turned our trip around and now we have a chance to go home 2-1 on this road trip. Being down for so long in that game, it was huge to get that first one and then be able to chip in to close it out."
Calgary (17-13-6) fell to 7-7-5 at home with a 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas on Friday. The 12 total home losses are already one more than the Flames had all of last season, when they led the NHL with a 30-9-2 home record.
They have also dropped five of their last six at home, while failing to score more than three goals in any of those games. On the plus side, they have earned a point in each of their last four home games - a win, a shootout loss and two overtime defeats.
The Flames returned home after becoming just the fourth team in NHL history to win every game of a six-game trip.
Calgary's Jarome Iginla failed to earn a point, ending a five-game goal-scoring streak in which he had scored eight times. Iginla leads the Flames with 24 goals and 25 assists.
The Flames have won three of their last four meetings with the Devils (19-13-3), but have not faced them since a 4-1 victory at New Jersey on Dec. 7, 2005. Calgary has not hosted the Devils since a 5-4 win on March 5, 2003.
with wire services
|Dec 23 '07||NJD 1 at CGY 0 - OT||P. Elias|
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