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Parise helps Devils end losing streak

Apr 4, 2009 - 3:14 AM
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) -- A wild victory that included a rare relief appearance by Martin Brodeur relieved the mounting pressure on the New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur made seven saves and Zach Parise scored in overtime as the Devils snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

"There certainly was a lot of drama out there tonight," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "There was really a strong focus here, and a sense of urgency. It was a positive, and having Marty come in like that, he did a good job, too.

"It's certainly a step in the right direction. It hasn't been a pleasant feeling around here for a couple of weeks."

Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice, Brendan Shanahan connected on a penalty shot and Jay Pandolfo also tallied for the Devils, who swept the four-game season series from the Lightning.

Tampa Bay got goals from Evgeny Artyukhin, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone and Martins Karsums.

Brodeur was scheduled to have a quiet night after being honored in a pregame ceremony for setting the NHL record for regular-season wins. That changed when backup Kevin Weekes injured a leg in the opening minute of the second period.

On the winning goal, Parise took a cross-ice feed from Travis Zajac and drilled a shot into the net before goalie Karri Ramo could react at 1:21.

"I don't know if we caught them on a slow line change," Parise said. "We got them 2-on-1, and it was a really good play by Travis."

Brodeur unexpectedly played a role in sending the Lightning to their fifth straight loss.

"We played good enough," Brodeur said. "We can't go out and play like that every night and think we're going to win a lot of games. We pulled it off."

So did Brodeur, in an unexpected role.

Artyukhin, who gave the Lightning the lead on the first shot 1:38 into the game, fired a puck from the left wing that appeared to hit Weekes on the left leg above the goal pad. Weekes made the stop but pitched forward, face-down on the ice. He was eventually helped off, unable to put weight on the leg.

Brodeur came on and surrendered a power-play goal to Stamkos at 5:09, giving Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. The tally was Stamkos' 21st, equaling the club record for a rookie held by Brad Richards.

Shanahan's goal tilted the momentum in New Jersey's favor. The penalty shot was awarded when Ramo fell while attempting to clear the puck behind his net. As the puck rolled toward the wide-open net, Ramo threw his stick, attempting a deflection. He missed, but Shanahan didn't on the subsequent penalty shot - drilling a blistering shot between Ramo's pads at 13:05.

Pandolfo followed with the tying goal at 14:50, a drive from the left wing over Ramo's left shoulder. Langenbrunner added a power-play goal with 1:31 remaining to give the Devils a 3-2 lead.

The Lightning struck first in the third, making it 3-3 as Malone broke in alone to beat Brodeur with a backhander at 2:41.

Langenbrunner countered for New Jersey with his second goal, knocking Zajac's rebound past Ramo at 11:35.

Karsums tied it 4-4 at 14:06, pouncing on a rebound in the slot.

Lightning coach Rick Tocchet was encouraged by his team's fighting spirit.

"That was one of our better games in about a month," Tocchet said. "We battled. It was nice to see. It was a good taste for guys coming back next year, that a team wins, not individuals. This was the best we've played as a team in a long time.

"Listen, we have a long way to go. I'm not saying we were unbelievable, but we were more on the team side than we have been in a long time."






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    TAMPA BAY 1 1 2 0 4
    NEW JERSEY 0 3 1 1 5 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - EVGENY ARTYUKHIN 6 (JOSEF MELICHAR) 1:37
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 21 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, MATT
    LASHOFF) 5:09
    NJD - (PS) BRENDAN SHANAHAN 6 13:05
    NJD - JAY PAN

    Apr 3 9:48 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 4
    NEW JERSEY 5
    OT: NJD - ZACH PARISE 43 (TRAVIS ZAJAC, PAUL MARTIN) 1:21

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TAMPA BAY 1 1 2 4
    NEW JERSEY 0 3 1 4 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - EVGENY ARTYUKHIN 6 (JOSEF MELICHAR) 1:37
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 21 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, MATT
    LASHOFF) 5:09
    NJD - (PS) BRENDAN SHANAHAN 6 13:05
    NJD - JAY PANDOLFO 5 (JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER,

    Apr 3 9:43 PM
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    TAMPA BAY 4
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    3RD PRD: TAM - MARTINS KARSUMS 1 (MATT PETTINGER, LUKAS KRAJICEK)
    14:06

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    TAMPA BAY 3
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    3RD PRD: NJD - JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 27 (TRAVIS ZAJAC, ZACH PARISE)
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TAMPA BAY 1 1 2
    NEW JERSEY 0 3 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - EVGENY ARTYUKHIN 6 (JOSEF MELICHAR) 1:37
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    NEW JERSEY 3
    2ND PRD: NJD - (PP) JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 26 (BRIAN ROLSTON, ZACH
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    2ND PRD: NJD - JAY PANDOLFO 5 (JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER, JOHNNY ODUYA)
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    2ND PRD: NJD - (PPS) BRENDAN SHANAHAN 6 13:05

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    TAMPA BAY 2
    NEW JERSEY 0
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) STEVEN STAMKOS 21 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, MATT LASHOFF)
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    TAMPA BAY 1 1
    NEW JERSEY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - EVGENY ARTYUKHIN 6 (JOSEF MELICHAR) 1:37
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    NJD 10 10
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