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Condra's two goals lifts Sens over Devils

Mar 9, 2011 - 5:13 AM
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Erik Condra netted both goals, including the game-winner with 2:13 to play, as Ottawa outlasted New Jersey, 2-1, at the Prudential Center.

Condra, playing in his tenth NHL game, had his second two-goal game to account for all of the goals he has scored with Ottawa. Jason Spezza set up the decisive marker for the Senators, who have won four of their last five road contests.

"You grow up watching a guy like that dominate the league. You get one on him and your excited and the second one was lucky, but I'll take it," Condra said about scoring twice against New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur.

Craig Anderson turned away 31 shots to earn the win for the visitors, who ended a six-game losing streak in the Garden State.

Patrik Elias potted the lone goal for the Devils, who had a four-game win streak snapped. Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots in defeat for the hosts, who could gain no ground in the chase for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Every loss is crucial at this point and especially for us given the situation we are in," Elias said. "We just have to bounce back. We have to play a little more upbeat, play with a little more energy and control the game more."

New Jersey broke through four minutes into the third for the equalizer when Brian Rolston emerged from behind the net and sent a cross-ice pass to a charging Elias, who buried a one-timer past Anderson from the left of the crease.

The game-winner occurred when Spezza carried into the Devils zone on the left side, stopped, spun and held the puck before throwing it toward to the net. The puck deflected off the skate of Matt Palmieri to Condra, who was able to punch it past Brodeur from the top of the crease.

After a scoreless first period, Ottawa struck 4:45 into the middle session.

Ryan Shannon outraced Henrik Tallinder to the puck in the left corner and fed Condra in the left circle. He spun through two defenders and after his initial shot was stopped, he was able to swat the rebound past a sprawled Brodeur.

The Devils had a goal on a power play wiped out just before the midway point of the session because of a high sticking call.

Game Notes

Condra also potted two goals against Philadelphia on February 26...The Sens were 0-for-2 on the power play while the Devils missed out on their three man-advantage situations...New Jersey is 20-3-2 in its last 25 games...The Devils had a six-game overall home win streak snapped...Each of New Jersey's last seven games have been decided by a goal, five by a 2-1 count.