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October 18, 2001
Devils Get Win 6-1; Hat Trick for Patrik
    The New Jersey Devils got their first win of the season (at home), Thursday, October 18, 2001.   The Devils defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 6-1.   Patrik Elias recorded his fourth career hat trick.
    Teemu Selanne scored for the Sharks just 18 seconds into the game to give San Jose the early 1-0 lead.
    Patrik Elias scored at 5:54 to tie the game 1-1.   Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott got assists on Elias's first goal of the season.
    The first period ended with the game in a 1-1 tie.   New Jersey out shot San Jose 10-8 in the period.
    Pierre Dagenais gave the Devils a lead (2-1) for the first time in the game 55 seconds into the second period.   He beat Nabokov with a nice wrist shot, on the power-play.   Brian Rafalski and Patrik Elias got assists on the goal.
    Patrik Elias score his second goal of the game at 5:30 to give the Devils a 3-1 lead.   Brian Rafalski got his second assist of the game on that goal.
    Jason Arnott gave the Devils a 3 goal lead at 7:48 with a nice backhand shot.   Sergei Brylin assisted on the goal.
    The Devils rush would not stop there.   Patrik Elias got his first hat trick of the season at 11:51 with a nice wrist shot.   Patrik's third goal of the game was assisted by Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott.
    The second period came to a close with the Devils leading the Sharks 5-1.   The Devils outshot the Sharks 15-8 in the period.
    Jason Arnott got his second goal of the game at 4:55 in the third period to give the Devils a 6-1 lead.   Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias got assists on the goal.
    New Jersey defeated San Jose by a final score of 6-1 - the first win of the season for the Devils!   The Devils outshot the Sharks 12-8 in the period, and 37-24 in the game.   San Jose was 0-4 on the power-play and the Devils were 2-6.
    The "A Line" (Patrik Elias, Jason Arnott, and Petr Sykora) combined for 12 points tonight.
    Turner Stevenson was out with a knee injury and was replaced by Jim McKenzie.   Ken Daneyko was rested tonight, so Mike Commodore was called on to fill his spot in the lineup.

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