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Devils 3, Senators 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:46 AM

Eric Marin

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Devils 3, Senators 2 FINAL
New Jersey Devils 3, Ottawa Senators 2
Andy Greene's game-winner in Ottawa has the Devils 8-0 on the road.
Even a two-goal deficit wasn't enough to slow the Devils Saturday night in Ottawa.

Zach Parise and David Clarkson each notched a goal and an assist as the Devils scored three straight power-play goals to climb out of a 2-0 hole and dump the Senators, 3-2.

Andy Greene broke a 2-2 tie at 7:20 of the third period and the Devils (11-4-0) made it stand up as they improved to 8-0 on the road with their fifth straight win overall. 

In his 1,000th NHL start, Martin Brodeur made 19 saves to record his ninth win in 13 appearances. For the eighth time this season, the Devils scored a tying or go-ahead goal in the third period. They managed both on Saturday night, knotting the contest at 2-2 before prevailing on Greene's second of the season.

Head coach Jacques Lemaire felt his team played an uneven game early.

"We didn't look good at the start," Lemaire said. "They were playing really well and we couldn't get set up in their end. I guess when we scored the goal, then we started to look better on the power play. It's a matter of confidence. At the start, we couldn't get organized at all. They were on us all the time. We couldn't get pucks on our stick."

The five-game winning streak marks a season high for the Devils, who have not lost back-to-back games since their first two games of the year. Jersey's Team is 11-2 in its last 13 contests, and returns home to host Anaheim on Wednesday.

The Devils were without Patrik Elias, who returned to the lineup in Friday's win over the Islanders, but did not travel to Ottawa to complete the back-to-back. Still missing Paul Martin (arm), Rob Niedermayer (upper body), Johnny Oduya (lower body), and Jay Pandolfo (shoulder), Jersey's Team watched as Milan Michalek and Brian Lee scored to put the Senators ahead, 2-0, by the 11:09 mark of the second period.

Then, Devils' special teams went to work. Their red-hot power play has produced six goals in three games and proved to be the difference maker on Saturday.

"We didn't have the first period that we wanted to," Greene told MSG Networks. "We were a little sluggish coming out there. It's a road game; you've got to stick with the game plan and just be ready and fight through everything."

Parise's team-leading seventh goal of the season ended a five-game scoring drought with 4:25 remaining in the second period. Clarkson added his fourth of the year to tie the contest in the opening five minutes of the third. Greene's second of the season gave New Jersey its first lead of the night just 2:42 later.

Jamie Langenbrunner collected two assists to reach 200 for his Devils career.

"We just started moving our feet," Greene said. "I think we were looking too much to stay back and make the pass instead of getting up in the play to make the play that was there."

Greene has been among the Devils that has stepped up in the wake of the mounting injuries. He saw a whopping 27:47 of ice time on Saturday. Fellow defenseman Bryce Salvador left the game after the second period. 

"I'm feeling confident out there just trying to make the most of the opportunity," Greene said. "Obviously you don't want to see what happened to Paulie and Johnny. Like I said the other day, we need to pick it up as a team, and that's what we're doing as a group and as a six-man unit."

Jamie Langenbrunner's two assists gave him 200 as a Devil.
Trailing 2-0, Langenbrunner's power-play blast was stopped by Ottawa netminder Pascal Leclaire before deflecting off the skate of Chris Phillips. The puck found Parise in front, and he roofed it at 15:35 of the second to trim the New Jersey deficit to one goal.

"We got lucky on a rebound there that gave us a goal," Lemaire said. "I thought we were fine; playing better and better as the game went on."

Jesse Winchester's elbow on Colin White led to the Devils' second goal and preceded a scrum that ended Andrew Peters and Jarkko Ruutu exchanging minors for roughing at 3:03 of the third.

Clarkson made Winchester pay for his lapse in discipline. He faked a centering pass and slid a tricky shot underneath Leclaire from the bottom of the left circle at 4:38. Leclaire finished the game with 22 saves and Ottawa lost in regulation for just the second time this season after scoring first (5-2-1).

Less than three minutes later, with Chris Campoli in the box for putting a puck over the glass, Greene's shot from inside the blue line found the back of the net at 7:20 of the third.

"It's a good sign when a team comes back and wins games, it's a great sign," said Lemaire. "It's a sign that they don't let up. They want to win and they keep working."

Greene stretched his point streak to three games (1g-2a) and continued to show why he has earned his coach's confidence, as well as an increase in playing time.

"I think some of it has to do with confidence," Greene said. "If you're feeling comfortable out there making the plays and not worrying about making mistakes and letting the game come to you. I think that had a lot to do with it, and like I said, just trying to make the most out of it."

NJD NOTES
The Devils now own the second longest road winning streak to start a season. At 8-0, New Jersey trails only Buffalo, which set the all-time mark by starting 10-0 on the road in 2006-07…C Tim Sestito was recalled from Lowell (AHL) on Saturday and made his Devils debut in Ottawa. He centered Matt Halischuk and David Clarkson, and took 16 shifts for 8:53 of ice time. He wore No. 14.

Greene on staying in touch with Paul Martin and Johnny Oduya:
"I'm always talking to Johnny and Paulie. They're two of my closest friends on the team, so I'm always checking in with them to see how they're doing; see how the injuries are going. They're doing well, and hopefully sooner than later they'll be back."

On sitting out the first two games of the season before settling in with a more regular role: "You never like sitting out. The last two years I've stayed in New Jersey to work out and train. I've had two great summers and I think some of it is paying off right now. I'm just trying to stay sharp out there and be ready."

scoring summary
1st Period
14:00
OTT
Milan Michalek (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (12), Chris Campoli (3)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
11:09
OTT
Brian Lee (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 OTT
15:35
NJD
PPG - Zach Parise (7) Wrist shot - ASST: David Clarkson (8), Jamie Langenbrunner (8)
2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
04:38
NJD
PPG - David Clarkson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Niclas Bergfors (5), Brian Rolston (3)
2 - 2 Tie
07:20
NJD
PPG - Andy Greene (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Zach Parise (10), Jamie Langenbrunner (9)
3 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
11:17
OTT
Chris Neil  Holding against  Rod Pelley
15:10
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
15:10
NJD
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
18:18
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Holding against  Alex Kovalev
2nd Period
00:49
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Andy Greene
03:20
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Holding against  Andy Greene
11:38
NJD
Cory Murphy  Interference against  Jonathan Cheechoo
14:26
OTT
Peter Regin  Hooking against  Andy Greene
3rd Period
03:03
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Misconduct (10 min)
03:03
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Elbowing against  Colin White
03:03
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andrew Peters
03:03
NJD
Andrew Peters  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jarkko Ruutu
06:37
OTT
Chris Campoli  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:37
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  David Clarkson
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 21TOI: 59:56
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .905SH: 1 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
5-4-1
SA: 25TOI: 58:42
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 12
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0
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