New Jersey at Ottawa

Senators 5, Devils 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OTTAWA -- New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur certainly was impressed with the Ottawa Senators.

"If they're not already the best team they should be by the end of the season," Brodeur said after the Devils' 5-4 loss to Ottawa on Saturday night. "Every turnover we had they capitalized on, but at the end of the day I felt we competed really well."

Mike Fisher scored twice and backup goalie Ray Emery made 25 saves for Ottawa.

"It was exciting to play against Brodeur," Emery said. "If you had asked me five years ago if I would be playing against him and beating him I would have been pretty surprised."

Chris Neil, Jason Spezza and Brian McGrattan also scored to help the Senators improve to 6-0 on Saturdays. Ottawa has outscored opponents 35-6 on Saturdays.

After Fisher gave Ottawa a 5-2 lead with 8:38 left, New Jersey cut it to one on goals by John Madden with 6:16 to go and Grant Marshall with 1:44 remaining. Marshall's goal came on a two-man advantage.

"We made some mistakes in the third and we have to be sharper," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "When you've got a team down you don't want to let them get back in it."

Barry Tallackson and Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, and Brodeur made 37 saves.

"I'm extremely proud of the way we played," New Jersey coach Larry Robinson said. "We showed a lot of heart and a lot of drive. We got contributions from everybody tonight."

Emery improved to 5-0 and the Senators raised their record to 15-3-0.

Alfredsson was held pointless for just the second time this season, while Dany Heatley extended his point streak to 18 games with an assist on Spezza's goal.

"When one line doesn't get it going as often as you would like it's really important to get contributions from others," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said.

Notes

New Jersey's Bryan Smolinski left the game late in the first period because of a right shoulder injury ... Ottawa D Zdeno Chara earned his 100th NHL career assist.

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Scoreboard
New Jersey (9-9-2)1124
Ottawa  (15-3-0) «2215
Three Stars
M. Fisher
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Neil
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
S. Gomez
NJ


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
00:57Mike Fisher (4), Wrist Shot - Assist: Chris Neil
03:01Barry Tallackson, Wrist Shot - Assists: Darren Langdon and Brian Rafalski
18:57Power Play - Chris Neil (8), Tip-In - Assists: Jason Spezza and Wade Redden
2ND PERIOD
06:25Power Play - Brian Gionta (13), Slap Shot - Assists: Scott Gomez and Barry Tallackson
07:18Jason Spezza (7), Snap Shot - Assists: Dany Heatley and Wade Redden
13:31Brian McGrattan, Tip-In - Assist: Brian Pothier
3RD PERIOD
11:22Mike Fisher (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Vaclav Varada and Zdeno Chara
13:44John Madden (4), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
18:16Power Play - Grant Marshall (3), Tip-In - Assists: Paul Martin and Scott Gomez
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:19Neil: Interference - 2 min.
10:26Madden: High sticking - 4 min.
11:24Heatley: Cross Check - 2 min.
15:09Martin: Hooking - 2 min.
18:41Rafalski: Interference - 2 min.
19:47Varada: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
03:48Phillips: Hooking - 2 min.
05:54Fisher: Slashing - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
00:34Volchenkov: Holding - 2 min.
06:36Varada: Hooking - 2 min.
16:35Pothier: Hooking - 2 min.
17:03Kelly: Tripping - 2 min.
18:41Rafalski: Interference - 2 min.
19:49Marshall: Roughing - 2 min.
19:28Redden: Delaying Game - 2 min.
19:49Chara: Roughing - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
New Jersey71111 29
Ottawa19158 42
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 19534
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Blaine Angus, Craig Spada
Line Judges - David Brisebois, Brad Kovachik
 
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