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January 06, 2012
Game 40: Patrik Elias & Devils Beat Panthers 5-2

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 at the Prudential Center on Friday, January 6, 2012.

    The game was NHL game number 1000 (all with New Jersey) for Patrik Elias.

    Adam Henrique got the scoring started with a goal that beat Jacob Markstrom at 3:53 of the first period.   Zach Parise was credited with the only assist on Henrique's 11th goal of the season.

    Mikael Samuelsson tied the game with a goal that beat Johan Hedberg at 7:33 of the first.

    Patrik Elias scored just 36 seconds into the second period to make it 2-1 New Jersey.   Elias' 14th goal of the season was assisted by Henrik Tallinder and Mark Fayne.

    Krystofer Barch tied the game with a goal just 2:10 later.

    Ilya Kovalchuk broke the tie with his 13th goal of the season, at 11:40 of the third period.   Patrik Elias and Matt Taormina assisted on the goal.

    Kovalchuk added an empty-net short-handed goal at the 19:00 mark to give New Jersey a two goal lead.   Bryce Salvador and Adam Henrique assisted on the goal.

    Zach Parise made it a 5-2 Devils win with an empty-net goal at 19:20.   Parise's 14th goal of the season was assisted by Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus.

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