Sunday, October 19, 2008

Parise Leads Devils Over Caps in Shootout

The Devils continued their winning ways last night against the Washington Capitals, with a 4-3 shootout victory. Parise led the way with a goal and assistant and capped off the night by scoring the lone shootout goal as he roofed a backhander over the glove of Caps goalie Brent Johnson.

With Rolston out for a undisclosed amount of time with an severe ankle injury, the Devils scored a season high three goals in the game. Rolston's replacement, Petr Vrana, scored the first goal of the game and of his career. The Devils won the face-off and Johnny Oduya fed Patrick Elias along the boards whose wrist-shot was deflected by Vrana that tied the score at 1-1. The assist by Elias gave him 365 as a New Jersey Devil, passing Scott Neidermeyer for the team career leader in assists.

The Devils down 2-1 entering the 3rd period, were able to put pressure on the Caps and finally tied the score at 2-2 when Zach Parise scored a power-play goal with 9:26 remaining. Just over a minute later the Devils got the lead as Zach Parise fed the point and Andy Greene scored on a one-timer.

The Caps would come back and tie the game as Alexander Semin scored his second goal of the game. Semin flung a shot from along the boards that deflected off of Mike Mottau in the crease and past Brodeur. The Devils controlled the 3rd period and over-time as they out-shot the Caps 14-7 and had most of the good scoring chances.

Zach Parise would lead the shoot-out off and scored the lone goal. Brodeur then stopped Nylander, Semin and Ovechkin to preserve the 4-3 shoot-out victory. The Devils move to 4-1-0 on the season and now will play six of their next seven at home.

Devils Notes:
- Either Parise or Elias have either scored or assisted on all but one goal for the Devils this season. Parise (3G-2A-5Pts) / Elias (2G-2A-4Pts).
- Bobby Holik left the game last night and did not return as he broke his pinkie finger. With the injuries to both big free-agent signings the Devils are now back to the same roster as last year.
- Lowell Devils are now 2-1-1 on the season after splitting a home-and-home series with the Manchester Monarchs. John DiSalvatore still leads the team with (1G-6A-7Pts).
- Ansi Salmella was sent down to Lowell and recorded an assist in the two games this weekend and played at a -2 +/-.
- The start time for the Devils Oct. 25th game at Philadelphia has been changed to 4:00pm due to the World Series.

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