December 04, 2002Game 23: Devils Fall to Canucks, 3-2 in OT
The New Jersey Devils were defeated 3-2 in OT at home by
the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, December 4, 2002.
Trevor Lindon beat Brodeur just 5 seconds after the Devils
killed off a penalty to Christian Berglund. The Vancouver goal came
at 12:50 of the first period.
Until Lindon's goal the Devils had been clearly outplaying
the Canucks - even on the Canucks power-play, the Devils appeared to be in
control of the game. They had a quick pace going, which seemed to be
difficult for the Canucks handle. Vancouver seemed tired, with good
reason, as the game was the 6th game on a long road trip. They also
had a 10 game winning streak ended by the Islanders the night before.
The first period ended with the Canucks leading the Devils,
1-0. Vancouver outshot New Jersey 10-7 in the period.
Scott Niedermayer tied the game at 16:16 of the second
period. His 3rd goal of the season was assisted by Jamie
Langenbrunner and John Madden.
Brian Gionta beat Dan Cloutier at 18:46 to give the Devils
a 2-1 lead. Christian Berglund and Sergei Brylin assisted on
Gionta's 6th goal of the season.
The Devils continued to dominate play in the second period,
outshooting the Canucks 16-7, and leading 2-1 on the scoreboard.
The Devils changed their style in the third period, playing
more defensively and letting Vancouver be the aggressor. The pace
of the game slowed, to the advantage of the Canucks.
Todd Bertuzzi crossed-checked Brian Rafalski in front of
Brodeur, and took a pass from Markus Naslund at 6:47. He quickly put
the puck past Brodeur - he was not penalized and the goal counted.
Regulation time ended with the game tied, 2-2 The
Canucks outshot the Devils 9-3 in the third period.
Bertuzzi beat Brodeur 56 seconds into the overtime period
to win the game for Vancouver.
Sergei Brylin recorded his 100th career NHL assist on Gionta's
The Canucks now lead the lifetime series, 26-17-4, but the
Devils lead 12-10-2 in New Jersey.
The last three (and 6 of their last 8) Devils' games have seen
regulation time end with the game tied.
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