April 12, 2002Devils Crush Canadiens, 5-2.. Captain Snaps Streak
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2
at home on Friday, April 12, 2002. The game was the Devils last
regular-season home game and was Fan Appreciation Night.
John Madden beat Stephane Fiset (his first NHL game in
over a year), at 17:34 of the first period. Madden's 14th goal of
the season was assisted by Brian Gionta and Tommy Albelin. It was
the second goal in two nights for Madden.
Just 47 seconds after Madden's goal, Craig Rivet scored for
the Canadiens (assisted by Saku Koivu) to tie the game, 1-1.
The first period ended with the game tied, 1-1. The
Devils outshot the Canadiens 13-10 in the period.
Petr Sykora got his 21st goal of the season just 1:00 into
the second period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Sergei Brylin and
Bobby Holik assisted on Sykora's goal.
Scott Stevens scored his first goal of the
season at 6:31 of the second period to give the Devils a 3-1 lead.
Sergei Brylin and Petr Sykora assisted on the Captain's goal. It
had been 89 games since Stevens scored last.
Valeri Kamensky beat Fiset at 7:12 of the second period,
giving the Devils a 4-1 lead. Jim McKenzie and Sergei Nemchinov
got assists on Kamensky's 7th goal of the season. The goal was
his 200th career goal and 500th point.
The second period ended with the Devils leading 4-1.
The Devils outshot the Habs, 21-4 in the period.
The third period began much more conservatively for both
teams, playing more defensively. Jan Bulis scored for the Canadiens
at 17:35 of the third period, cutting the Devils lead to 4-2.
Patrik Elias slid the puck under Fiset and into the net with
42 seconds remaining in the game, to give the Devils a 5-2 lead.
Scott Niedermayer and Valeri Kamensky got assists on Elias's 29th goal of
The game ended with the Devils winning, 5-2. The
Devils outshot the Canadiens, 41-18 in the game. Each team had
one power-play opportunity in the game, but neither was able to convert.
The win was the Devils 40th on the season - their sixth
straight season accomplishing that feat.
Saku Koivu was cheered by Devils fans several times; when
he played his first shift, for his two assists, and when he was announced
as the games' third star.