TORONTO (Ticker) — An unlikely goal-scorer helped Martin
Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils overcome a pair of blown
Defenseman John Oduya scored on a rebound with 11.4 seconds
remaining in overtime to propel the Devils to their fourth
straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on
David Clarkson and Patrik Elias also scored for New Jersey,
which improved to 4-0-0 since Brodeur’s return from a 50-game
absence due to elbow surgery.
Brian Gionta picked up a loose puck inside the Devils’ zone and
carried it down the left boards for a 2-on-1 with Oduya. After
Gionta’s shot squeezed through Toronto goaltender Vesa Toskala,
Oduya crashed the net and put in the loose puck for the
“When we jumped on the ice, there was 30 seconds left,” Oduya
said. “I went to the net, (Gionta) shot a great shot and the
puck was there so I just went for it.”
John Mitchell had both goals for the Maple Leafs, who had their
four-game winning streak snapped but managed to claim at least a
point for the seventh straight contest, all decided in overtime.
A future Hall of Famer, Brodeur stopped 30 shots to record his
548th career win, pulling within three victories of Patrick
Roy’s career record.
“I thought we played better, a full 60 minutes,” Elias said.
“There were a few shifts where we didn’t make the right plays.
But we had plenty of quality opportunities.”
New Jersey carried a 1-0 lead into the third period, an
advantage that was quickly erased when Mitchell scored 2:32 into
the session to knot the score.
Elias put the Devils back in front with a power-play tally 2:49
later, one-timing a backhanded pass from Jamie Langenbrunner
However Brodeur, who is also three shy of the Terry Sawchuk’s
all-time shutout mark of 103, was beaten for the second time on
the night when Mitchell picked up a loose puck on the power play
and scored just over halfway through the final period.
New Jersey held a 52-32 edge in shots on goal, forcing Toskala
to make a season-high 49 saves to help Toronto salvage a point.
“Oh he was unbelievable,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “He
was the reason we got a point generally. Especially with some
people missing from the lineup, we knew that scoring would be a
struggle and that we would need great goaltending, and we got