New Jersey
Devils
43-25-12-2
Florida
Panthers
28-35-15-4

37 SOG
29 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
NJD
FLA
game recap

New Jersey Devils 5, Florida Panthers 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:23 AM

Associated Press

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New Jersey Devils 5, Florida Panthers 2 FINAL
New Jersey Devils 5, Florida Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils always seem to enjoy their visits to Florida.

Brodeur made 27 saves to remain unbeaten in his past 13 trips to play the Panthers and Patrik Elias scored twice to lead New Jersey to a 5-2 win over Florida on Wednesday night.

Scott Gomez had a goal and four assists as the Devils ended a three-game losing skid.

New Jersey is 18-4-3 in its past 25 games against the Panthers. Brodeur is 21-2-3 in his past 25 starts against the Panthers and his 23 regular-season wins are the most of any goalie against Florida. The Panthers' winless streak at home against Brodeur dates to April 1997.

``It's always fun to play here,'' Brodeur said. ``Whenever we come here we have a good time. It's a different atmosphere.''

Brian Gionta and Scott Niedermayer also scored for New Jersey.

``Right off the bat things were going well,'' said Gomez, who tied his career high with five points. ``We've been sliding back a little too much. We needed to stop the bleeding. It was a great team effort tonight.''

Marcus Nilson and Juraj Kolnik scored for Florida and Roberto Luongo had 22 saves in two periods. Steve Shields came on to make 10 saves and allowed a goal to Gomez at 7:06 of the third period.

``I didn't feel right from the beginning,'' said Luongo, who had shut out Washington the night before. ``I started out sluggish. This is one I'm going to have to put behind me.''

Elias scored his second goal at 19:33 of the second to put the Devils ahead 4-1. It was his 15th goal against the Panthers.

``Some teams you just get the breaks against,'' Elias said. ``This is one of the teams where it works for me. It just happens that the bounces go your way.''

Elias doesn't approach the trip to Florida different than anywhere else.

``To me it's just another team,'' he said.

The Devils took a 3-1 lead at 15:19 during a five-on-three power play when Niedermayer's wrist shot eluded Luongo.

``We hung on what we wanted to do and all four lines played well tonight,'' Devils coach Pat Burns said. ``The chance on that five-on-three was the killer. We just happened to hit Luongo on a bad night.''

scoring summary
1st Period
00:45
NJD
Brian Gionta (19) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (39)
1 - 0 NJD
02:05
FLA
Marcus Nilson (6) Slapshot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (17)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:15
NJD
Patrik Elias (29) Tip-in - ASST: Scott Gomez (40), Brian Rafalski (26)
2 - 1 NJD
15:19
NJD
PPG - Scott Niedermayer (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (41), Brian Rafalski (27)
3 - 1 NJD
19:33
NJD
Patrik Elias (30) Tip-in - ASST: Scott Gomez (42), Brian Rafalski (28)
4 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
04:00
FLA
Juraj Kolnik (13) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (10), Valeri Bure (25)
4 - 2 NJD
07:06
NJD
Scott Gomez (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Patrik Elias (32), Scott Niedermayer (31)
5 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
10:23
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Hi-sticking
13:34
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Cross checking
2nd Period
04:28
FLA
Niklas Hagman  Holding stick - Obstruction
08:19
NJD
Jay Pandolfo  Tripping
14:42
FLA
Niklas Hagman  Hooking
14:42
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Tripping
3rd Period
08:18
NJD
David Hale  Tripping
10:24
FLA
Nathan Horton  Roughing
10:24
NJD
Brian Rafalski  Roughing
13:11
NJD
Brian Gionta  Slashing
14:10
FLA
Juraj Kolnik  Interference on goalkeeper
19:16
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Roughing
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .931SH: 2 - 2
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 26TOI: 40:00
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1
Steve Shields
Steve Shields
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 10EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .909SH: 2 - 2
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