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Oduya gives Brodeur, Devils overtime win

TORONTO (Ticker) -- An unlikely goal-scorer helped Martin

Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils overcome a pair of blown

third-period leads.

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

Tuesday.

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

game-winner.

"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

past Toskala.

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

it."

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