September 20, 2002Devils & Penguins, Skate to 4-4 Pre-Season Tie
The New Jersey Devils had to settle for a 4-4 tie with
the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, September 20, 2002. They never
trailed the Pens and had two-goal leads twice in the game. The
Devs first 02-03 pre-season game was played at the Pepsi Arena in
Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 4:14 into the
first period. He deflected a shot from Joe Nieuwendyk past Johan
Hedberg on a power-play for his first goal of the pre-season. The
goal was also assisted by Oleg Tverdosvsky.
The Penguins tied the game at 7:32 of the first
period when Alexander Selivanov's shot beat Corey Schwab, who
started the game in goal for the Devils. Toby Petersen
and Jamie Pushor assisted on the goal.
Colin White, who had only 2 goals last season, beat
Hedberg at 13:13 to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Christian
Berglund and John Madden got assists on White's goal.
Recently-acquired Dave Roche scored for the Devils
at 14:15 of the first to increase the lead to 2 goals. Joe
Hulbig got the only assist on the goal.
Period 1 came to a close with the Devils leading the
Penguins by a score of 3-1. The Devils outshot the Pens
8-6 in the period. The Devils were not penalized in the
period, but the Penguins were guilty of 3 minor penalties.
Corey Schwab was relieved of net-minding duty at
9:44 of the second after blocking 8 of 9 shots. Scott
Clemmensen took his place in the Devils net.
Mysteriously the ice was tilted after Clemmensen
entered the game. The Devils defense struggled to get the
puck out of their zone and the Pens capitalized. Matt
Murley scored at 12:16 to cut the Devils lead to 3-2.
Oleg Tverdovsky registered his second point of the
game, beating Hedberg with a shot at 14:42. The power-play
goal gave the Devils another 2 goal lead. Scott Niedermayer
and Michael Rupp assisted on Tverdovsky's goal.
Randy Robitaille scored with 3:58 remaining in the
second to cut the Devils lead to 4-3.
The second period ended with the Devils leading the
Penguins 4-3, though Pittsburgh outshot New Jersey 11-9 in the
With Scott Niedermayer (holding) and Tommy Albelin
(roughing) both in the penalty box, the Penguins had a 5-3
power-play early in the third period. Hans Johnson tied the
game, 4-4, at 4:06 with the two-man advantage.
Regulation time ended with the game tied, 4-4.
The Penguins outshot the Devils 9-7 in the third period.
There was no scoring in the 5 minute overtime - the
game ended tied, 4-4. Pittsburgh outshot New Jersey 30-26 in
the game. The Devils went 2 for 6 with the man advantage and
the Penguins converted 1 of 4 power-play chances.
Notes: Safety Netting has not yet been installed in
the Pepsi Arena. Announced attendance for the game was
5,654. There were no TV timeouts, but with the "hurry-up
faceoffs" the game ran for only 2 hours and 10 minutes, even with
the overtime period.
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