Devils 3, Ducks 1
After winning two straight games, the Ducks took a step back in the first stop on their four-game road trip.
Anaheim (6-8-2) could only manage a Corey Perry
tally (his team-leading 12th of the season) in a 3-1 loss to the Devils at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night. It was the first loss for the Ducks to New Jersey since 2003.
After giving up a quick goal to start the game, the Ducks tied it at 1-1 when Perry scored 2:25 into the second. Bobby Ryan
circled behind the Devils' net, trying for a wraparound stuff. Brodeur blocked the bid but couldn't control the puck. Ryan Getzlaf
took a swipe before the puck squirted across the crease to Perry for the tap-in at the right side of the net.
Perry extended his points streak to a career-high nine games with the goal. Assisting in the play, Getzlaf also extended his own points streak to nine games.
But the Ducks could not stop a hot Devils team that has now won six straight. Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 31 saves to propel New Jersey.
Langenbrunner got the Devils going 38 seconds in, netting their fastest goal from the start of a game this season. Parise tipped the puck back to Greene at the point who flipped a shot on net that Langenbrunner deflected past Jonas Hiller
"The way we play, it's definitely helpful if we can score first," Langenbrunner said. "It allows us to settle in and be more comfortable in our style."
David Clarkson put the Devils up 2-1 at 12:52 of the second, eluding Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski
with a nifty deke before drilling a shot past Hiller from the slot.
New Jersey finished the period with a 3-1 lead as Parise, sprung by a pass from Langenbrunner, put in his own rebound on a short-handed breakaway with 12.7 seconds left.
The Devils have been able to get on a hot streak, despite a lengthy injury list. Brian Rolston was the latest casualty, missing the game with an undisclosed injury or illness. He joined former Duck Rob Niedermayer (upper body), Johnny Oduya (lower body), Paul Martin (broken forearm), Jay Pandolfo (shoulder) and Dean McAmmond (undisclosed illness) on the sidelines.
"I guess we're getting used to it," Langenbrunner said. "We're not the only team in the league that has to deal with it. The number of guys we have out is probably more than most. The guys who have stepped in have stepped up and played well. It's been good to see, and hopefully it will continue."
New Jersey will travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday night looking to go 9-0 on the road. The NHL record to start a season away from home is 10-0, set by Buffalo in 2006.
Down by two in the third, Anaheim tried to claw back. Brodeur made a glove stop on Teemu Selanne
's drive from the left circle about 7 minutes in, and shortly thereafter the Ducks got their fifth power play.
They failed to generate strong pressure with the man advantage, and the Devils did a good job of limiting the Ducks' chances until Anaheim went on the power play with 3:44 left. Brodeur denied Getzlaf's one-timer, and the Ducks were done.
"We didn't win any of those loose-puck battles on the power play," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after his team went 0 for 6 with the advantage. "We didn't create much until the last one when we started to shoot the puck more. When you've got an opportunity, you've got to take the most of it. Giving up the short-handed goal took a lot of momentum away from us."
The Devils recalled D Matt Corrente from Lowell. He didn't play. ... Langenbrunner played in his 900th NHL game. ... The Devils last won six straight Jan. 13-30. ... Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere dressed for the first time since sustaining a groin strain on Oct. 24. He backed up Hiller. ... Ducks C Saku Koivu
missed the game with a lower-body injury ... The Ducks kicked off a four-game road trip that will take them to Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh. ... Before the game, the Devils honored their 2003 Stanley Cup championship team that beat the Ducks in seven games in the finals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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