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Devils 3, Senators 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 3, Senators 2, SO
New Jersey Devils 3, Ottawa Senators 2

OTTAWA (AP) - Scott Gomez made Lou Lamoriello's decision easy.

Gomez scored the only shootout goal to give the New Jersey Devils an important 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

"Gomez has been scoring lately," said coach Lamoriello after the Devils won for just the second time in six games and third time in nine to move into a tie for sixth place with Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference.

"We could have gone with anyone, but he's had a hot hand," Lamoriello said.

It proved to be a good call. After Senators goaltender Ray Emery, who made 33 saves in regulation, stopped Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta missed.

Gomez then skated straight at Emery, left the puck in place and moved around it.

"That's his move. He doesn't move the puck. he just lets it go," Gionta said.

The puck slid into Emery's pads, but he glided back into the net. The goal needed to be reviewed before eventually counting.

"I just kept sliding back into the net. You squeeze your knees to try and stop and brace yourself," Emery said. "It's frustrating.

"It was close. I think it got past (the goal-line). I don't think they could see it."

The Senators, who lost for the second game in a row after winning four straight, had no luck at the other end, either.

Antoine Vermette and Dany Heatley, who scored his second goal of the game with 30.5 seconds remaining in regulation and Emery on the bench in favor of an extra attacker, missed. Martin Brodeur stopped Daniel Alfredsson to clinch the win.

Despite being the highest-scoring team in the NHL, the Senators lost their sixth straight shootout. Ottawa shooters have gone 16 attempts without scoring.

"It's been a big struggle for us and it's frustrating," Alfredsson said. "Especially at home. You come back like we did and get the crowd into it and then can't win it for them. Maybe we've got to try some different shooters because we're not having success."

Gionta, on a power play, and John Madden, with a short-handed tally, had the Devils' goals.

Gionta reached a career-high 40 goals. His previous best was 21 goals in the 2003-04 season.

"It's nice getting that out of the way, but the two points is more important," he said.

Brodeur stopped 36 shots in regulation for New Jersey to earn his 436th career victory.

Heatley scored his 41st and 42nd goals of the season to establish a career high. The Senators moved three points ahead of Carolina in the race for first place in the East.

The Senators lost defenseman Chris Phillips at the end of the first period when he twisted his left knee while trying to tie up New Jersey's Zach Parise. He didn't return to the game.

Ottawa is already reeling from injuries to defensemen Zdeno Chara (hand) and Anton Volchenkov (concussion), goaltender Dominik Hasek (groin) and forwards Mike Fisher (ankle) and Martin Havlat (shoulder).

With the Devils short-handed, Madden stripped Alfredsson of the puck in the first period and raced the length of the ice to beat Emery.

Heatley beat Brodeur on a point shot on the power play early in the third, but Gionta restored New Jersey's advantage minutes later.

With time running out, Heatley redirected Brian Pothier's point shot past Brodeur to force overtime and eventually the shootout.

"No one panicked," Gomez said. "Anything can happen in a shootout. To come in this building and come out with two points is pretty awesome."

Notes: Alfredsson had an assist to reach 400 for his career. ... Ottawa C Bryan Smolinski needs one more game to reach 900 in the NHL.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:26
NJD
SHG - John Madden (13) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:41
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (41) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (51), Wade Redden (39)
1 - 1 Tie
06:14
NJD
PPG - Brian Gionta (40) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 NJD
19:29
OTT
Dany Heatley (42) ASST: Brian Pothier (23), Jason Spezza (57)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDNJDOTT
1P. EliasA. Vermette
2B. GiontaD. Heatley
3S. GomezD. Alfredsson
penalty summary
1st Period
03:03
NJD
Cam Janssen  Instigator against  Brian McGrattan
03:03
NJD
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
03:03
NJD
Cam Janssen  Misconduct (10 min)
03:03
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
09:51
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Tripping against  Bryan Smolinski
13:02
NJD
Sergei Brylin  Tripping against  Tyler Arnason
14:56
OTT
Bryan Smolinski  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Brodeur
18:53
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Hooking against  Scott Gomez
2nd Period
05:13
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Hi-sticking against  Brad Lukowich
08:20
OTT
Chris Neil  Tripping against  Brian Rafalski
12:26
NJD
John Madden  Roughing against  Daniel Alfredsson
12:26
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Roughing against  John Madden
17:41
NJD
Colin White  Roughing against  Patrick Eaves
19:51
NJD
Colin White  Slashing against  Daniel Alfredsson
3rd Period
03:20
NJD
David Hale  Interference against  Vaclav Varada
05:00
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Cross checking against  Jamie Langenbrunner
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 38TOI: 65:00
Saves: 36EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .947SH: 1 - 1
Ray Emery
SA: 35TOI: 64:09
Saves: 33EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .943SH: 0 - 1