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Devils edge Pens in OT

Tuesday, 02.05.2008 / 1:43 AM / Roundup

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Zach Parise (R) scored 37 seconds into overtime to cap a 4-3 comeback win for the New Jersey Devils against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
Watch Zach Parise's overtime goal
 
Trailing 2-1 after two periods to the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter was fuming due to his team’s lackadaisical play. As soon as his team got to its dressing room for the intermission, Sutter let the players know exactly how he felt.
   
The Devils got the message loud and clear, although it took some time for them to prove it. After Jordan Staal made it a 3-1 game, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored less than two minutes apart in the third, and Zach Parise scored 37 seconds into overtime as New Jersey climbed into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with a 4-3 victory over the Pens at the Prudential Center on Monday night.
   
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''We got outcompeted and outworked in the second period,'' Sutter said. ''In the third, we played the way we need to play and the way we expect to play.''
   
The comeback win prevented the Devils – who snapped a four-game home losing streak against Pittsburgh -- from going 1-4 on a five-game homestand. New Jersey also notched a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. The Devils will visit Buffalo on Wednesday before returning to “The Rock” for another four games.
   
“We hadn’t been playing that well at home lately,” said Parise, who also had two assists. “It’s important to do that, to keep them coming and keep them interested in the team. It was a big win for us. We’re happy about it.”
   
Ryan Malone and Petr Sykora got the Pens out to a 2-0 lead with goals less than nine minutes apart in the second period. Malone broke a scoreless tie with a power play goal at 2:26 before Sykora scored at even strength at 11:50. Evgeni Malkin assisted on both goals, giving him 35 helpers for the season.
   
It was a milestone night for Sykora, whose goal against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (31 saves) was the 600th point of his NHL career.
   
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''It was something I was looking forward to doing. It feels special to get it done here where it all started, especially against Marty,'' said Sykora, who played his first seven seasons in the Garden State.
   
The Devils finally solved Ty Conklin with 41.7 seconds remaining in the second period on a power play goal by Jamie Langenbrunner. The New Jersey captain had missed last Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Penguins due to the flu.
   
''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.''
   
Conklin was disappointed his team failed to hold a two-goal lead in the third. The Penguins will look to rebound on Thursday night, when they host the New York Islanders.
    
''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.''

Oilers 5, Flames 0 | Video
   
Hours after learning that Shawn Horcoff was lost for the season due to a shoulder injury, Edmonton managed to play one of its best games of the year.
   
Mathieu Garon recorded his fourth shutout of the season in a 24-save effort, while Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky each had a goal and an assist as the Oilers pulled to within six points of a playoff spot in the Western Conference with an impressive win over Calgary.
   
“We did what we needed to do,” Gagner said. “When we got a chance on the power play, we scored a couple of goals. It was huge for us tonight. Coming out with the two points is big.”
   
Fernando Pisani got the Oilers on the board quickly when he scored 6:24 into the game. After Curtis Joseph made an initial save, Pisani was there to put home his own rebound. Dustin Penner made it 2-0 with just 35 seconds to play in the opening period, when he took a pass from Geoff Sanderson and ripped a wrist shot past Joseph.
   
Hemsky put Edmonton up by three when he scored the lone goal of the second period at the 5:20 mark. With the Oilers on a power play, Joseph left a big rebound in front after stopping Jarret Stoll’s blast from the point. Gagner swatted at the loose puck and it went off Hemsky and into the net to make it 3-0.
   
“Where did anything go right?" Calgary coach Mike Keenan asked. "We just didn't have any life in the beginning. I have no idea why. That's the coach's responsibility, to make sure the team's ready, and they weren't ready, so I take full responsibility for the really poor outing."
   
Edmonton scored two more power play goals in the third period. Steve Staios made it 4-0 at 11:31 before Gagner rounded out the scoring just 1:15 later.
   
“We were capitalistic on the chances that we got, which is something we really haven’t been able to do all year long,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “It’s always good when you get a bunch of goals, not only for the game you’re in, but for the benefit of going into the next game for the confidence level of the team.”

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

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Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.

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