Edmonton
Oilers
36-29-12-5
New Jersey
Devils
43-25-12-2
OT
25 SOG
26 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
EDM
NJD
game recap

Edmonton Oilers 2, New Jersey Devils 3 FINAL OT

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:49 PM

Associated Press

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Edmonton Oilers 2, New Jersey Devils 3 FINAL OT
Edmonton Oilers 2, New Jersey Devils 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Reuniting Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez in overtime gave the New Jersey Devils something equally memorable -- a victory.

Elias set up Sergei Brylin's tying goal late in the third period and scored on a nice setup by Gomez 41 seconds into overtime to give the slumping Devils a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

"We were a little desperate, down 2-1," Brylin said after the Devils won for only the second time in seven games (2-2-2-1). "We needed a win so badly after the road loses. Hopefully this game will help turn things around a little bit."

Devils coach Pat Burns admittedly gambled in the overtime, using three forwards to start.

"Pat called that play and it worked out," Elias said. "It gave us a chance. We controlled the puck great. It looked like we were on a power play."

Gomez did all the work on the game-winner, skating the puck through center ice and into the right faceoff circle. Once inside the circle, he looked for Elias.

"It's been a while since we played together," said Gomez, who also set up Stevenson's first-period goal. "I was thinking about going above the guy's stick and remembered Patty also told me: `I'll act like I'm going wide and cut in.' That's what he did. It's an old play from `99, or is it 2000."

Whenever. Elias got his stick on the puck and Oilers goalie Tommy Salo never had a chance to stop it.

Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Devils.

Ethan Moreau and Raffi Torres scored for Edmonton, which had a three-game (2-0-1) unbeaten streak and a three-game road winning streak snapped.

Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish was more upset with Brylin's goal because the Oilers failed to get the puck out of their own zone.

"We were just too casual up the wall," Mactavish said of defenseman Eric Brewer's clearing attempt around the boards. "... You have to be assertive. You have to be decisive."

Elias stopped the clearing pass at the blue line and wristed a shot toward net that Brylin deflected past Salo, who has 23 saves.

Until then, it looked like Moreau would get the best of the Devils again.

Moreau broke a 1-1 tie early in the period. He reached a puck that was flipped out Oilers' end in center ice, skated into the Devils' zone and beat Brodeur with a backhander.

It was Moreau's fifth goal in 10 games against New Jersey. He had two goals and an assist in last year's game between the teams.

Torres tied the game 1-all early in the second period, taking a cross-ice pass from Radek Dvorak and putting his shot into an open net.

Stevenson, who missed 12 games with a groin injury, scored on a power play set up by Gomez early in the first period to stake New Jersey to a 1-0 lead.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:06
NJD
PPG - Turner Stevenson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (18)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
01:36
EDM
Raffi Torres (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Radek Dvorak (16), Mike York (18)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
03:35
EDM
Ethan Moreau (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Igor Ulanov (1)
2 - 1 EDM
15:22
NJD
Sergei Brylin (7) Tip-in - ASST: Patrik Elias (19), Scott Niedermayer (14)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
00:41
NJD
Patrik Elias (12) Tip-in - ASST: Scott Gomez (19), Scott Stevens (9)
3 - 2 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
00:35
EDM
Radek Dvorak  Tripping against  Jeff Friesen
04:57
EDM
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Tripping against  Aleksander Suglobov
06:56
NJD
Mike Rupp  Hi-sticking against  Raffi Torres
10:47
NJD
Scott Gomez  Hi-sticking against  Mike York
15:54
NJD
Scott Stevens  Interference against  Brad Isbister
2nd Period
06:25
NJD
Brian Rafalski  Hooking against  Adam Oates
09:40
NJD
Turner Stevenson  Hi-sticking against  Steve Staios
14:37
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Holding against  Scott Gomez
3rd Period
12:19
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Slashing against  Sergei Brylin
13:39
NJD
Turner Stevenson  Hooking against  Ethan Moreau
14:09
EDM
Igor Ulanov  Slashing against  Patrik Elias
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tommy Salo
SA: 26TOI: 60:41
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .885SH: 4 - 4
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 25TOI: 60:37
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0