February 2, 2006

Brylin on target to lead Devils past Senators

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Jersey Devils downed the
Ottawa Senators 5-3 in East Rutherford on Wednesday, with left
wing Sergei Brylin leading the way by netting the game-winner
in the second period after assisting on the opening goal.

Zach Parise and Grant Marshall also added a goal and an
assist for the Devils, who snapped a two-game losing streak and
a seven period goalless drought, led by a 27-save performance
from Martin Brodeur.

New Jersey needed just 1:40 to open the scoring in the
first period when Parise beat Ottawa goalie Dominik Hasek.

Marshall and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored later in the
first period to put the Devils 3-0 ahead.

Parise's goal ended New Jersey's 154 minute scoreless
stretch, as the Devils were shutout in their last two games.

The Senators lost their second straight game, allowing five
goals for the second straight outing, a rarity for the NHL's
top defensive team this season.

The game was expected to be a defensive match-up between
Brodeur and Hasek, two of the best goalies of the modern era,
but both teams managed to generate goals in all three periods.

Ottawa did rally on a late first period goal by Antoine
Vermette and a second period marker by Dany Heatley, but
Brylin's powerplay goal with 23 seconds left in the frame
restored New Jersey's two-goal lead.

Erik Rasmussen gave the Devils some insurance with a goal
early in the third before Patrick Eaves scored two minutes
later for the game's final goal.

John Madden and Paul Martin both had two assists for the
Devils, who were out-shot 13-8 in the third period, with both
teams managing 30 shots.

Eaves and Vermette both added an assist for the Senators,
while Hasek made 25 saves.

In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg scored the winning goal with
3:55 remaining as the Red Wings rallied to edge the St Louis
Blues 3-2.

Mikael Samuelsson and Brendan Shanahan scored the other
goals for the Wings, while Niklas Kronwall added a pair of
assists in his first game of the season after knee surgery.

Lee Stempniak and Keith Tkachuk replied for the Blues,
while Curtis Sanford made 35 saves.

The Red Wings lead the Western Conference with 75 points
after the win, while the Blues remain last in the entire NHL
with just 32 points.

In New York, Steve Rucchin scored a shorthanded goal and
added an assist as the Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins

Michal Rozsival and Petr Sykora scored the other goals for
the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves.

Mark Recchi scored the lone goal for the Penguins on an
assist from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 23 saves.

Pittsburgh has lost 13 of its last 14 games (1-12-1).

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Detroit)