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Pittsburgh at New Jersey

Parise's goal in OT caps furious Devils comeback over Penguins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Nothing in the first two periods gave any indication the New Jersey Devils were on their way to a stirring home victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After all, the new Prudential Center hosted its smallest turnout of its first season, and the Devils didn't provide any spark for the few fans to latch on to.

Suddenly, that changed.

Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored less than two minutes apart in the third to tie it and Zach Parise tipped in the winner 37 seconds into overtime to lift the Devils to a 4-3 victory Monday night, creating a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Division.

Instead of heading to Buffalo on the heels of a 1-4 homestand, the Devils will carry a two-game winning streak into their one-game trip Wednesday before four more in Newark.

"It wasn't reinventing the wheel," said Parise, who had two assists to go with his 20th goal. "We had to put forth a better effort and we did in the third. Hopefully we saw the way we need to play."

Parise won it by tipping Elias' drive past Ty Conklin on the only shot of overtime. New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia all have 63 points in the five-team Atlantic.

"We let that extra point slip away and it feels like we gift-wrapped two points for them," Conklin said. "It's not something you want to do, especially against a divisional opponent."

Martin Brodeur earned his 28th victory of the season and was credited with an assist on the winning goal. That made up for his tripping penalty in the third period that led to Jordan Staal's power-play goal.

The Devils, who recorded only 14 shots through two periods, mounted a quick comeback in the third that they didn't seem to have in them.

"We got outcompeted and outworked in the second period," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "In the third we played the way we need to play and the way we expect to play."

After Staal pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 3-1 with a goal 4:30 into the third, Elias and Clarkson connected 1:44 apart.

Elias got the rally going at 9:37 when he sent a shot toward the net that hit Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang in front and caromed past Conklin. Clarkson tied it with his seventh of the season and second in two games, getting to a rebound of Johnny Oduya's point shot and popping it in at 11:21.

That gave the crowd of 13,012 fans something to cheer about. Until then, the loudest roar was in the first period when the Devils posted a congratulatory message on the scoreboard to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Each club had 10 shots in the third period and both seemed content to play conservatively and get to overtime.

"We definitely played the third period and overtime like we cared and wanted to win," Sutter said.

The road team had won an NHL-record tying nine straight in this series, including the first five this season with New Jersey winning three times in Pittsburgh. The Penguins extended the run last Tuesday by beating the Devils 4-2 in Newark.

Petr Sykora and Ryan Malone also scored for the Penguins, who fell to 3-2-2 since captain Sidney Crosby's ankle injury.

"It's unacceptable to lose a hockey game like this," coach Michel Therrien said.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists to tie Crosby for the team lead with 63 points.

The Penguins snapped the scoreless deadlock when Malone connected for the fifth time in six games 2:26 into the second period.

Pittsburgh nearly doubled its lead during power play No. 4, but referee Don Koharski immediately and emphatically ruled that Erik Christensen kicked the puck past Brodeur a little more than a minute later.

That elusive second goal came with 8:10 left in the period when Sykora took a pretty pass that Malkin sent through his legs over to his fellow forward. The former Devils player, who spent his first seven seasons in New Jersey, carried the puck between two defenders and let a shot go from above the left circle. It was Sykora's 17th goal this season and 600th NHL point.

"It was something I was looking forward to doing. It feels special to get it done here where it all started, especially against Marty," Sykora said.

Jamie Langenbrunner, who sat out a matchup with the Penguins because of the flu last Tuesday, cut the Devils' deficit to 2-1 with 41.7 seconds left in the middle period.

"We played better at the end of the second. It gave us a little momentum, but we shot ourselves in the foot giving up the power-play goal right away," Langenbrunner said. "We showed a little character, battling back and playing our best period in a long time. We've got to figure out a way to play that third period game in and game out."

Notes

  • The road team won nine straight in the St. Louis-Edmonton series between December 1995 and December 1997.
  • Malone also has three assists in his past six games.
  • Devils forward Jay Pandolfo returned after missing 28 games due to an abdominal injury.
  • Elias also had two assists.
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New Jersey's David Clarkson (left) ties the game at 11:21 in the third period.  (Getty Images)
New Jersey's David Clarkson (left) ties the game at 11:21 in the third period. (Getty Images)

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Scoreboard
Pittsburgh (29-19-5)02103
New Jersey  (30-20-3) «01214
Three Stars
Z. Parise
NJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
D. Clarkson
NJ


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
E. Malkin
PIT


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
02:26Power Play - Ryan Malone (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Evgeni Malkin, Darryl Sydor
11:50Petr Sykora (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar
19:18Power Play - Jamie Langenbrunner (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Zach Parise, Patrik Elias
3RD PERIOD
04:30Power Play - Jordan Staal (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Maxime Talbot, Kris Letang
09:37Patrik Elias (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Zach Parise
11:21David Clarkson (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Johnny Oduya, John Madden
OT
37.0Zach Parise (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Patrik Elias, Martin Brodeur
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:13Mottau, 2 min, High-Sticking
08:27Parise, 2 min, Slashing
15:41Malone, 5 min, Fighting
15:41Clarkson, 5 min, Fighting
17:24Christensen, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
01:07Elias, 2 min, Interference
03:27Oduya, 2 min, Tripping
17:37Christensen, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
30.0Malone, 2 min, Hooking
02:47Brodeur, 2 min, Tripping
11:55Vishnevski, 2 min, Roughing
11:55Armstrong, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Pittsburgh10141034
New Jersey681024
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ty Conklin 60:22214
Martin Brodeur 60:37313
Game Information
Attendance - 13012
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Don Koharski
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Dan Schachte
 
Other Games
Pho 4 Final
OT
Colo 3
Cal 0 Final
Edm 5