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Rolston powers Devils past Senators

By Joe Rizzo

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian

Rolston are a couple of New Jersey big shots.

The captain tied it with a blast late in regulation and Rolston

scored on a bomb 1:43 into overtime Sunday as the New Jersey

Devils erased a trio of deficits en route to a 4-3 victory over

the Ottawa Senators.

Both goals came on the power play for the Devils, who also got

two tallies from Dainius Zubrus and two assists apiece from

Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta and defenseman Johnny Oduya in their

fourth win in five games.

Chris Kelly, defenseman Brendan Bell and Nick Foligno scored for

the Senators, who lost for the 14th time in their last 15 road

games, but at least earned a point out of their Saturday-Sunday

road trip to Toronto and New Jersey.

The Devils use Langenbrunner and Rolston as point men on their

power-play unit because of their very hard and accurate slap

shots. It paid dividends in helping them steal a win against

the Senators.

Rolston unleashed a high slapper from the above the slot that

went through the screen of Senators defenseman Brian Lee, hit

netminder Alex Auld and then went under his arm pit and into the


"It was a 4-on-3 situation, I just pulled it to the middle and I

had a good screen in front and got a good shot off on it," said

Rolston, who has six goals in 20 games this season, battling an

ankle injury. "It wasn't anything too complicated."

"I definitely saw the release and he's got a big-time shot up

there," Auld said. "I got a piece, but it wasn't enough."

Langenbrunner netted his seventh goal with 3:40 left when he

released a heavy slapper from the top of the right circle that

beat Auld to the far side, making it 3-3. Oduya stole the puck

on a change in the neutral zone to set it up.

"We weren't sharp early but we found a way," Langenbrunner said.

"We wanted to get shots. The way they kill (penalties), they

put pressure down low a lot. Mine was more of a transition play

than a set power play. I think our power play is definitely at

its best when we're shooting the puck and retrieving it and

working off of that."

"All of a sudden in the last couple, we had a change on the

power play and it was able to win us a hockey game," Devils

coach Brent Sutter said. "It got us two goals."

Zubrus has 10 goals in 38 games this season but six tallies have

come in two games. He scored four times in a win November 23 at

Tampa Bay and had gone 11 straight since finding the net in

back-to-back contests before Sunday.

"Honestly, I don't know why they come more in bunches," Zubrus

said. "Good thing they're coming, anyway. It's been a while.

I've had some chances to score."

He made it 2-2 at 11:15 of the second period when he re-directed

the puck into the net from the top of the crease after a crisp

right-wing pass from Elias.

Zubrus, given Saturday's practice off to rest what he and Sutter

termed "bumps and bruises", erased the Devils' initial deficit

with 41 seconds left in the first period when he scored from in

front of the net off the rebound of Gionta's shot from the left


Kelly gave the Senators their third and final lead with 12:46

left in regulation after Jesse Winchester and Antoine Vermette

cycled the puck along the end boards.

"Good teams find ways to get those points," Kelly said. "I

thought we played a great game tonight. We put ourselves in a

terrific situation to get the two points. Unfortunately, we

didn't, but we'll take the one point."

Zubrus was penalized for hooking 15 seconds into the game and

Foligno made New Jersey pay five seconds before the penalty

elapsed when he put a shot from close range between the pad of

Scott Clemmensen and the goalpost.

Foligno, who has six goals this season, was playing his second

game since the death of his grandfather.

Bell converted on the power play 3:50 into the second period to

give the Senators a 2-1 lead, putting the puck into the open

right side of the net after Jason Spezza's sharp-angle shot from

the left side ricocheted through the crease.



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