|The Oilers celebrate after Ales Hemsky made it 2-0 in the second period.
Goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 36 saves for his second career NHL win in as many starts as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 at Prudential Center on Sunday night.
The Oilers carried the play early on, firing three of the game's first four shots on Devils starting goaltender Scott Clemmensen.
Edmonton's fourth shot was a solid scoring chance as Ales Hemsky took a quick feed from Dustin Penner at the side of the net. His quick shot on goal was turned aside by Clemmensen.
Deslauriers' toughest save in the opening frame came when John Madden fired a quick blast on goal with about four minutes left. He quickly pounced on the shot before moving it up ice to a teammate.
The fourth line of Robert Nilsson, Zack Stortini and Kyle Brodziak put some sustained pressure in the Devils end late in the first. Nilsson almost got a handle on the puck during a scramble in front of the Devils netminder.
Deslauriers came up with a huge stop early in the second period. Jay Pandolfo redirected a shot in the slot after receiving a nice cross-ice pass. The Oilers rookie netminder was sharp in coming across to make the save.
About seven minutes into the middle frame, Ales Hemsky threaded a pass over to Sheldon Souray inside the Devils zone. Souray wristed a shot from the left circle through the five hole of Clemmensen to give Edmonton the 1-0 lead.
Near the midway point of the period. Pouliot came within inches of making it 2-0. He took a feed from Nilsson and backhanded it just wide of the Devils net.
A penalty to Andrew Cogliano gave the Devils the game's first power play.
Deslauriers came up huge early in the man advantage, first knocking away a shot by Patrik Elias with his glove and then diving across to deny Dainius Zubrus on the rebound. The play went to video review but was clearly not across the line. He then snagged a shot from Johnny Oduya out of the air with his glove about a minute later.
After killing off the Cogliano penalty, David Clarkson got called for hooking to put Edmonton on the power play for the first time on the night.
It didn't take long for the Oilers to capitalize. Ales Hemsky made a great move around Colin White before having it deflect in off his skate as he crashed the net. The goal made it a 2-0 Oilers lead.
Late in the second, Souray took exception to a hit from Clarkson along the side boards and the two dropped the gloves. The bout was brief and even between the two combatants.
In the period's final minute, Brodziak came within inches of making it a three-goal game. His shot rang off the post and Clemmensen rolled just enough that when the puck grazed him on its way out it didn't go back into the net.
New Jersey finally found the scoreboard early in the third period. Zach Parise deflected a shot from Travis Zajac past Deslauriers to make it a 2-1 game.
Ethan Moreau took a turn on the top line alongside Gagner and Hemsky while Penner skated with Pouliot and Cogliano in the third.
With about five minutes to go, the Devils put a ton of pressure on Edmonton with the Oilers' fourth line trapped in their own zone. Brodziak - playing without a stick - alleviated the pressure by gloving the puck out of the zone.
A hooking call to Jamie Langenbrunner with 1:18 left put the Devils behind the eight ball late in the game.
With 18.9 seconds to go, Deslauriers had to be sharp in denying Madden from the left side of the net, keeping it a one-goal game.
Tonight's was Edmonton's first-ever visit to the new Prudential Center in New Jersey... Andrew Cogliano left in the first period after colliding with Ethan Moreau but returned in the second... Ales Hemsky increased his scoring streak to six games after assisting on Souray's goal... Deslauriers assisted on the Hemsky goal for his first career NHL point... Erik Cole collided with Parise in the corner midway through the third and limped off the ice but he returned several minutes later.