NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Florida|
(Saturday, March 30th)
Final Score: Florida 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Dmitry Kulikov scored the winner 1:43 into
overtime as the Florida Panthers rallied for a 3-2 win over the New Jersey
Devils on Saturday.
In the extra session, Kulikov had the puck poke-checked away from him by
Martin Brodeur on a short break, but the puck came over to the left circle.
From there, Brian Campbell fired it over to the right and Kulikov sent the
disc into the far side for the win.
"That win shows a lot of character for this team," said Kulikov. "We played
from start to finish here and didn't give up when we fell behind in the third
period. This was a nice win for us."
Shawn Matthias scored twice, including the tying goal with 27 seconds left in
regulation, while Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots for the Panthers, who have
won consecutive home games for the first time this season.
Steve Bernier scored both goals for the Devils, who have dropped their past
three. Brodeur made 27 saves in the loss.
"You know we keep getting points and that's a positive thing," said Brodeur.
"The teams around us have been struggling a little so it's been a little
easier to take. But at the same time we're going to have to start winning
The Devils had taken a 2-1 lead at the 7:57 mark of the third on the power
play when Henrik Tallinder's shot from the high slot was deflected into the
net by Bernier.
Florida, though, answered with the goalie pulled and time winding down as a
backhand pass from the left side by Scottie Upshall saw Matthias shoot it home
from the slot with bodies in front.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead just 3:42 into the game as a turnover in front saw
Bernier tip the puck in off a feed from Ryan Carter.
The Panthers tied the game with 7:05 to play in the opening frame on a power
play as Jonathan Huberdeau sent a pass from the right circle to the front of
the net where it went off the skate of Matthias and into the net.
Neither side scored in the second period as Brodeur made 13 saves and
Markstrom turned away seven shots.
Florida plays in Tampa Bay on Tuesday ... New Jersey hosts the Islanders on
Monday ... The Devils took a 2-1 win at home against the Panthers last
Saturday ... Huberdeau had two assists in the game.
03/31 00:44:46 ET