NHL Game Summary - Detroit at New Jersey|
(Tuesday, March 4th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Detroit 3
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - If this was indeed Martin Brodeur's final
game as a New Jersey Devil, he'll be going out a winner.
Stephen Gionta's goal with 36.6 seconds remaining in regulation enabled New
Jersey to come through with a 4-3 decision over the Detroit Red Wings at
Prudential Center, the 684th -- and possibly last -- victory for Brodeur in a
Rumors swirled prior to the game that Brodeur, who has spent his entire 21-
year career with the Devils, would be willing to waive his no-trade clause
prior to Wednesday's deadline. The 41-year-old has been relegated to a part-
time role behind Cory Schneider in recent weeks.
"One way or the other we'll deal with what I have to do," Brodeur said of the
rumors. "I have the last word. I didn't give up anything of my status right
now and I'm planning on keeping it until I'm asked."
Brodeur, who received a rousing ovation from the home crowd during pregame
introductions, came up with 20 saves, and the Devils overcame a 2-1 deficit
after two periods on goals by Marek Zidlicky, Travis Zajac and Gionta.
Adam Henrique scored in the opening minute in New Jersey's third triumph in
Johan Franzen continued his recent hot streak for Detroit, notching a goal and
an assist in the loss. Brendan Smith and Todd Bertuzzi also tallied for the
Red Wings, while Jimmy Howard finished with 25 saves.
"At the end of the day we didn't play well enough defensively to win this
game," Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall said.
New Jersey's third-period barrage started quickly, as Zidlicky's power-play
drive from the point was inadvertently knocked out of Howard's glove by the
stick of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and crossed the line just 41 seconds in
to knot the score at 2-2.
The Devils struck again less than six minutes later. Ryane Clowe knocked
Detroit's Riley Sheahan off the puck to begin a rush that ended with Zajac
lifting a backhander over a prone Howard, who had just kicked away a blast
from Jaromir Jagr.
New Jersey's Eric Gelinas was sent off for interference not long afterward,
however, and the Red Wings needed just 13 seconds to convert the man-advantage
chance. Franzen fired a centering feed from Gustav Nyquist that Bertuzzi
tipped through Brodeur's pads for a 3-3 deadlock with just under 10 minutes
It remained that way into the final minute, when the Devils' Dainius Zubrus
worked the puck back to Mark Faine for a long drive that Gionta successfully
redirected into the net.
Henrique put the Red Wings in an early hole, fighting off a check from
Ericsson to sneak a backhand try past Howard's left skate with just 27 seconds
elapsed in the game. Howard was spotless over the next 39 minutes, though, and
Detroit bounced back to take a 2-1 lead into the third.
Detroit tied it later in the first period by capitalizing on its initial
power-play chance. A failed attempt by New Jersey to clear the puck out of its
own zone resulted in Franzen rifling a point-blank shot over Brodeur's
shoulder with 8:34 remaining in the frame.
Smith sent the Red Wings in front 7:03 into the second, racing in from the
blueline to take in Justin Abdelkader's behind-the-net give and beating
Brodeur stick-side with a well-placed wrister.
Franzen, who recorded a hat trick in Detroit's 6-1 win at Ottawa on Sunday,
was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday. Henrique, who has now
scored in four straight, received Second Star honors ... The Red Wings held
out center Pavel Datsyuk to rest his sore right knee ... Defenseman Bryce
Salvador (collarbone) and forward Damien Brunner (leg) both returned to the
Devils' lineup after missing the previous two games ... New Jersey's Patrik
Elias assisted on Zidlicky's goal, giving him seven points over the last three
games ... The teams will square off again in Detroit on Friday, one day after
the Red Wings host Colorado.
03/05 00:18:41 ET