CHICAGO (AP) -- After honoring Keith Magnuson for his determination before
the game, the Chicago Blackhawks displayed some of their own.
Ville Nieminen and Burke Henry scored third-period goals as Chicago
Blackhawks battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits to tie the New Jersey
Devils 2-2 on Sunday night.
"As a team we showed a lot of character for tonight's people and for the
Magnuson family," Nieminen said. "We really played our hearts out. I thought
that was the greatest hockey game in this building this year."
Chicago honored Magnuson, who was killed in a three-car accident on Monday,
Dec. 15 in Toronto, with video tribute and moment of silence before the game.
"It's been a tough week for our team," Chicago coach Brian Sutter said.
"A lot of our players are youngsters and their fathers are the same age as
Maggie. Some of our guys didn't understand what he meant (until now). The
characteristics that he brought to the game, the heart and the character. He's
just a guy you looked up to. Maggie was a Blackhawk."
Despite slowing down the defending Stanley Cup champions, Chicago still has
only one win in its last 20 games (1-12-4-3). New Jersey finished its five-game
road trip with three wins and a tie.
"I'm happy with the point on the road," Devils coach Pat Burns said. "Any
point on the road you've got to be happy with. I think we were definitely tired
at the end of a road trip."
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was sharp, stopping 32 shots in his 20th
"We're not used to being away from home this long," he said. "I think
it's working on everybody mentally.
"It's a tough tie when you're leading with four minutes left," he said.
"They took it to us."
Nieminen scored with 3:49 remaining tie the game at 2. He took a pass from
Scott Nichol and skated from the right circle, around a fallen Scott Stevens
and into the slot before beating Brodeur with a wrist shot from 15 feet.
"My shot was not really hard," said Nieminen. "It was not a perfect shot.
Marty Brodeur was stopping it too early and it flew over his shoulder."
Scott Gomez and Scott Stevens scored and assisted on each other's goals for
Gomez opened the scoring at 9:15 of the second period. Michael Leighton
stopped Stevens' slap shot from the left point but Gomez knocked in the
Henry tied the game at 3:34 of the third period. Henry took a pass at the
left point from Stephane Robidas and fired a slap shot that dipped under a
"I didn't expect him to shoot to score from there. I expected him to shoot
for a rebound," Brodeur said. "The guy got a lot of wood on it. It's a shot I
should normally stop if I see it."
Stevens scored with 5:43 left in the third to regain the lead for New
Jersey. Gomez found Stevens alone in the slot and Stevens slipped the puck
between Leighton's left pad and the post.
"I joined the play," Stevens said. "If I didnt jump up, I don't get a
chance and score."
Leighton stopped 27 shots, including a good opportunity from Gomez with 90
seconds left in overtime.