EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New Jersey Devils made a five-minute
penalty against defenseman Colin White work to their advantage against the
John Madden and the Devils' penalty killers turned the momentum by holding
Calgary without a shot during the long second-period power play, and Patrik
Elias scored the winning goal less than two minutes later in a 3-1 win Sunday.
``You figure they will outchance you and the worst case scenario is they may
get a goal,'' Madden said. ``The way we killed that penalty, we really took the
puck to them. We had odd-man rushes and close calls by their net. We took the
wind out of their sails.''
Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had to make two good stops on forward
Brian Gionta and another on defenseman Paul Martin during the major. The Devils
held a 3-0 shot advantage during the five minutes.
``When they got the puck in the corner we were able to get on them early and
they were just panicking,'' said Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who only had
to make 18 saves. ``The first couple of times they dumped the puck I was able
to handle it so they didn't want to do that anymore. Then the crowd got into
it, and it got harder for them.''
Jarome Iginla, the Flames' leading scorer, said failing to convert on the
long power play was like missing on a 5-on-3 chance, which is a momentum
``On the other side of it, it's only a one-goal game and we still have to
find ways to win,'' Iginla said. ``We found ways to win our share of those this
year, and now we are not.''
The loss was the Flames' third straight, tying their longest losing streak
of the season.
Scott Gomez assisted on both goals by Elias and has 10 assists in six games.
Elias has five goals in three games. Turner Stevenson added an empty-net goal
with 13.7 seconds to play.
Chuck Kobasew scored a power-play goal for the Flames, who had nine minutes
of power-play time in the second period.
The majority came when White was ejected for cross-checking defenseman Denis
Gauthier in the neck. White seemed to be retaliating after Gauthier checked Jay
Pandolfo headfirst into the side boards.
``What `Whitey' did was totally acceptable as far as we are concerned,''
Madden said. ``He was sticking up for his teammate. The hit on Pando was
Kiprusoff never had a chance on Elias' second goal, scored on a play in
which all five Devils skaters touched the puck. Defenseman David Hale sent a
pass to Scott Niedermayer, who poked it ahead to Jamie Langenbrunner. His
cross-ice pass went to Gomez, who sent a pass across the crease to a wide-open
Elias for a tap-in at 16:06.
Kobasew tied it 1-1 at 5:09 of the second period with a rebound of Steve
Reinprecht's shot. Toni Lydman set up the play with a nifty move at the blue
line to keep the puck in the zone and then get a shot on goal.
Elias disputed the call and got a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. The
Flames did not take advantage of that penalty, either.
Brodeur had to make about three good saves in the third period, his best
being a glove stop on Oleg Saprykin and another on a shot by Chris Clark.
The line of Elias, Gomez and Brian Gionta has been outstanding since being
reunited recently by coach Pat Burns. It has combined for 12 goals and 16
assists in six games.
Kiprusoff also didn't have a chance on Elias' goal 4:48 in as Elias took a
pass from Niedermayer and rifled a shot from the right circle into the upper
left corner of the net.