Minnesota
Wild
30-29-20-3
New Jersey
Devils
43-25-12-2
OT
34 SOG
36 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
MIN
NJD
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Minnesota Wild 4, New Jersey Devils 4 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Minnesota Wild 4, New Jersey Devils 4 FINAL OT
Minnesota Wild 4, New Jersey Devils 4

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils pulled a surprise and abandoned their usually cautious style of play.

The result was an expectedly entertaining 4-4 tie decided only when New Jersey's Brian Gionta scored his second goal with 6:27 remaining in regulation Tuesday night. The teams combined for 70 shots as defense became an afterthought.

The Wild's Marian Gaborik did his part to keep the goals flowing with the sixth three-goal game of his career.

``I don't think anybody expected to be up and down like it was,'' Gaborik said. ``With two defensive teams, you don't expect a lot of goals. It was a good game to watch with a lot of odd-man rushes.''

Eric Rasmussen and Paul Martin also scored and Scott Gomez had three assists for the Devils.

Sergei Zholtok scored for the seventh time in the last seven games for Minnesota. Zholtok has goals in six of the last seven games.

``Well, we scored goals,'' Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. ``That's what people want. That's what we gave them.''

With the game tied at 3 after two periods, Gaborik completed his hat trick with a power-play goal at 12:12 of the third on a feed from Alexandre Daigle.

Gionta pulled out the tie for the Devils when he tipped Scott Niedermayer's shot past Wild goalie Manny Fernandez.

``It was real weird,'' Gionta said. ``It was uncharacteristic of both teams. We both play defense. Obviously, we don't like to give up that many chances. We scored four but only came out with a tie.''

In the end, the outcome seemed fair.

``It was a pretty evenly matched game,'' Devils coach Pat Burns said.

Rasmussen scored the only goal of the first period with 4:07 remaining, and the two normally close-checking teams combined for five second-period goals.

Gaborik pulled Minnesota even 2:02 into the second period. Daigle eluded a Devils defenseman behind the New Jersey goal and slid the puck to Gaborik, who whipped a shot from the slot past Martin Brodeur.

New Jersey reclaimed the lead at 5:28 as intense power-play pressure paid off with Martin's goal for a 2-1 lead.

Brodeur, known for his strong puck-handling, was victimized for the second time in three games by his own poor clearing attempt. He fired the puck off the boards only to have it intercepted by Zholtok, who fired it into the net before Brodeur could get back into position at 6:38 of the second period.

Brodeur gave up a similar goal to Carolina's Jeff O'Neill in the Devils' 4-1 win Saturday.

Gionta put the Devils back in front 3-2 at 10:06, before Gaborik tied the game again with 1:59 remaining.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:53
NJD
Erik Rasmussen (4) ASST: Grant Marshall (7), Mike Rupp (5)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
02:02
MIN
Marian Gaborik (7) ASST: Alexandre Daigle (16)
1 - 1 Tie
05:28
NJD
PPG - Paul Martin (4) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (23), Scott Gomez (26)
2 - 1 NJD
06:38
MIN
Sergei Zholtok (13) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
10:06
NJD
Brian Gionta (13) ASST: Jeff Friesen (14), Scott Gomez (27)
3 - 2 NJD
18:01
MIN
Marian Gaborik (8) ASST: Sergei Zholtok (14)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
12:12
MIN
PPG - Marian Gaborik (9) ASST: Alexandre Daigle (17), Filip Kuba (16)
4 - 3 MIN
13:33
NJD
Brian Gionta (14) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (24), Scott Gomez (28)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:10
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Holding the stick against  Andrew Brunette
13:15
NJD
Turner Stevenson  Hi-sticking against  Pascal Dupuis
2nd Period
03:29
MIN
Richard Park  Tripping - Obstruction against  Turner Stevenson
12:49
MIN
Jason Wiemer  Tripping against  Colin White
3rd Period
11:03
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Holding stick - Obstruction against  Richard Park
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 36TOI: 65:00
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0
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