Elias' SO goal gives Devils 4-3 win over Red Wings
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AMNEWARK, N.J
. -- It was throwback night at Prudential Center on Saturday, as the New Jersey Devils
honored the team that beat Detroit in the 1995 Stanley Cup Final, then beat the Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout.
scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the breakaway competition with a nifty forehand-to-backhand deke that beat Chris Osgood, a member of the 1995 Wings team that was swept in the Final.
The Wings, now 3-3 in shootouts, have lost five of their last seven games. The Devils ended a four-game losing streak to the Wings that dated to their last win over Detroit on Jan. 28, 2003.
Elias, who missed the first 13 games of the season while recovering from groin surgery, got the chance to win the game after Martin Brodeur
stopped Ville Leino's shot with his right pad. As Elias skated around at center ice, the 17,625 in attendance began to roar in anticipation.
"Patty's been playing really well, but has had nothing to show for it to a certain extent," Brodeur said. "He had a couple of good games but missed a few opportunities so he really wanted this. He made a great move on Osgood."
led off the shootout with a snap shot that zipped past Brodeur's left pad. Zach Parise
, who assisted on a first-period goal by Jamie Langenbrunner, then scored on a sensational swing move around Osgood to tie it up before Elias won it six shooters later.
The Devils, who never trailed in the game, improved to 5-1 in shootouts this season.
"We've been successful there so far and it all starts with Marty -- if he doesn't allow much, we have a pretty good shot," Langenbrunner said. "Zach (Parise) answered there goal (by Datsyuk), and Patty was able to close it out. We wanted the two points tonight but kind of lost control of the game in the third. It was nice to hang on in the end."
The Wings trailed 2-0 and 3-1, but got a power-play goal by Tomas Holmstrom
late in the second period and pulled even at 9:30 of the third when Patrick Eaves
deflected home a shot by Justin Abdelkader
that seemed to surprise Brodeur.
"I thought is was going to be a pass across and when I got set, (Eaves) put his stick down and tipped it between my legs," said Brodeur, who made 28 saves through 65 minutes and three more in the shootout, including a right pad denial on Detroit's second shooter, Henrik Zetterberg
The Wings did go home with a point from a game in which they never led.
"I think we played with more emotions in the third period and were getting mad," Zetterberg said. "We played feistier and we'll have to do that from now on, otherwise it makes it easier on the other team.
"In the shootout, you just have to pick a move and go with it. Both goalies made some good saves."
Brodeur and Osgood made some key stops during the final 10 minutes of regulation and overtime as both teams went at each other in search of the go-ahead goal. Osgood, who was making just his fourth start in 13 games, finished with 23 saves.
"I've got to get back to the level I was in the playoffs for this team right now," Osgood said. "Maybe last year we were so far ahead, I didn't have to, but with the position we're in now (11th in the Western Conference), I have to get to that level now and continue it the rest of the season. It's going to be a dogfight down the stretch."
The Devils got a lift from the return of forward Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Jonny Oduya. Pandolfo, who had missed the past 17 games with a shoulder injury, notched the secondary assist on Rob Niedermayer's goal with 5:17 left in the second that made it 3-1, and Oduya, a defenseman who missed the last 15 games with a groin injury, electrified the crowd when he went end-to-end before scoring his first goal of the season to give the Devils a 2-0 first-period lead late in the first period.
"Anytime you win a game, it can't be disappointing," Brodeur said. "The two guys on their top line (Datsyuk and Zetterberg) are tough. I thought our defense did a good job."
Detroit appeared to regain its composure in the second after being outplayed in the first -- twice cutting into two-goal deficits. They pulled within 2-1 at 9:23 when Kris Draper knocked home a rebound for his fifth of the season. Niedermayer made it 3-1 at 14:43, but Holmstrom scored a power-play goal with 29.1 seconds remaining to pare the margin to 3-2.
The Devils played perhaps their best home period of the season in the first while taking a 2-0 lead. Parise's cross-slot pass set up Langenbrunner's sharp-angled shot from deep in the right circle that beat Osgood at 15:29. Oduya then brought the fans to their feet with an end-to-end rush that concluded when he fired a wrist shot from the left circle that zipped past Osgood at 17:35.
"I came in on a 3-on-2 and was looking to sneak a pass across," Oduya said. "But their defender slid over and I was all alone and just shot it. It was a good feeling to come back after being out for a while and contribute like that."