EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—The crowd booed the New Jersey Devils in the second period and left halfway through the third.
The Ottawa Senators didn’t just beat the slumping Stanley Cup champions 4-0 on Tuesday night, they embarrassed them.
“It was one of those things,” said Senators goalie Patrick Lalime, who faced only eight shots in the first two periods. “We played great. We didn’t give them much. They had a couple of chances right off the bat and then we shut them down”
Marian Hossa scored twice, Bryan Smolinski and Josh Langfeld added goals, and Radek Bonk and Martin Havlat had two assists apiece for the Senators, who have lost only once in their last 14 games (10-1-3).
Lalime made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season and the 31st of his career.
The win was the Senators’ first in three games this season against the Devils.
“It’s a good feeling,” Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden said. “We had a few tough bouts against them earlier this season, but we learned from those. We were patient and limited their chances.”
The first two games between the teams that met in the Eastern Conference final last year were thrilling, with New Jersey winning 1-0 and 2-1.
This one was no contest. The 11,456 were so frustrated with the Devils after Hossa stretched the Senators lead to 3-0 late in the second period that they booed loudly. The crowd was walking out midway through the third period.
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur didn’t have a chance on any of the Ottawa goals. The first three came on an odd-man rush.
“They are a talented team,” Brodeur said. “The way we’ve had success is to always play them solid and play them tough. They have been playing well, but today, we didn’t show up enough to win this hockey game.”
Hossa gave the Senators the lead at 8:04 of the first period with his 21st goal of the season. Bonk made a nice pass from the sideboards to Petr Schastlivy, setting up a two-on-one that Hossa finished.
The Senators put the game away late in the second period when Smolinski and Hossa scored 73 seconds apart.
Defenseman Shane Hnidy made a long pass from his own zone to set up a good chance by Havlat. Brodeur made the save, but his teammates stood around as Jason Spezza got the puck and found Smolinski coming down the middle for his 11th goal.
Hossa scored his second goal into basically an empty net on a power play. Havlat took a pass from Bonk to the left of Brodeur and sent a cross-ice pass that found Hossa alone on the doorstep.
“Against this team, you don’t expect to score four goals,” Hossa said. “We played a solid road game.”
Langfeld scored his first career goal with 3:52 to play.
Lalime only had to make one good save in the first two periods, stopping a shot by Turner Stevenson in the second. Lalime was outstanding in the third, when New Jersey outshot Ottawa 18-6.
Devils captain Scott Stevens missed his third straight game because of theflu.
Hossa has a five-game point streak (six goals, three assists). … The Senators have allowed three or fewer goals in 24 straight games. … New Jersey is 2-5-1 in its last eight games. … The Devils were shut out at home for thefirst time since Lalime blanked them 2-0 on Dec. 18, 2002.