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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Devils

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers

1:23 into the second period, Cogliano battled for the puck behind the net managing to pass it behind to O'Sullivan. He quickly made a nice pass to Brule in front of the net who fired one hard and fast past Marty Brodeur. 1-0 Oilers. That set the tone for the second period. The Oilers were outshot 7-3 in the opening frame but soon enough started throwing pucks on Brodeur to change the game around.

600 Jamie Langenbrunner needs one point to reach the 600 point marker.
1100 Brian Rolston played his 1100th NHL game Feb.12/10
30 Zach Parise scored his 30th of the year on Friday vs. Calgary.
-33 Patrick O'Sullivan is -33 this year. He sits in last place in the NHL at 839th.
600 Ilya Kovalchuk played in his 600th career game Feb.13/10.
1st Star
Jeff Deslauriers
22 22 0 60:00 1.00
2nd Star
Martin Brodeur
35 33 2 60:00 .943
3rd Star
Ryan Whitney
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 E 2

Martin Brodeur
35 33 2 60:00 .943

Jeff Deslauriers
22 22 0 60:00 1.00

Near the midway mark of the third period, the Oilers were still up 1-0. Elias won the face-off but coughed it up to Gagner who raced down the boards. Gagner had a split second to pass it over to Nilsson who had to dive to make the pass onto the waiting stick of Marc Pouliot in front. Pouliot made no mistake and fired a hard wrist shot past Martin Brodeur making it 2-0.

For the second game in the row, Jeff Deslauriers has been outstanding. JD and the Oilers held on for an exciting 2-1 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night and showed up with the same intensity tonight hosting the New Jersey Devils. JD turned aside 22 shots tonight earning him his second straight first star and third shutout this season.

With center Rob Niedermayer's Devils’ debut, he and older brother Scott became the fourth set of brothers to play for New Jersey, joining Aaron/Neal Broten, Claude/Jocelyn Lemieux, and Patrik/Peter Sundstrom.

"We're going streaking!!!"
- Gilbert Brule answers when asked what a two game winning streak means to him.
"We have to elevate our game. This is playoff hockey going down now. We're going to play teams that are desperate and want to win. There are no easy games now."
- Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur comments on moving forward down the stretch to the playoffs.

Tuesday, March 9 vs Ottawa Senators
  7:30 PM MT (SNET-W), 630 CHED)

The Oilers wrap up their three-game homestand Tuesday, March 9 vs. Ottawa. The game starts at 7:30pm and will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet West.

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