Devils 3, Flames 1

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Patrik Elias scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils held Calgary without a shot while killing off a five-minute penalty in a 3-1 win over the Flames on Sunday.

Scott Gomez assisted on both goals, giving him 10 assists in six games, and Martin Brodeur had 18 saves as the Devils won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1).

Turner Stevenson iced the game with an empty-net goal with 13.7 seconds to play.

Chuck Kobasew scored a power-play goal for the Flames, whose three-game losing streak matches its season high.

Elias’ game winner and 25th goal of the season came less than two minutes after the Devils outshot the Flames 3-0 during a major penalty against defenseman Colin White.

White also was ejected for cross-checking defenseman Denis Gauthier on a play in which he seemed to retaliate after Gauthier checked Jay Pandolfo headfirst into the side boards.

Not only didn’t Calgary grab the lead, Mikka Kiprusoff had to make two good stops on New Jersey forward Brian Gionta and another on defenseman Paul Martin.

Kiprusoff never had a chance on Elias’ second goal, scored on a play in which all five Devils’ skaters touched the puck. Defenseman David Hall sent a pass to Scott Niedermayer, who poked it ahead to Jamie Langenbrunner. His cross-ice pass went to Gomez, who sent a pass across the crease to a wide-open Elias for a tap-in at 16:06.

The goal was Elias’ fifth in three games.

Kobasew tied it 1-1 at 5:09 of the second period with a rebound of Steve Reinprecht’s shot. Toni Lydman set up the play with a nifty move at the blue line to keep the puck in the zone and then get a shot on goal.

Elias disputed the call and got a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Flames did not take advantage of that penalty, either.

Brodeur had to make about three good saves in the third period, his best being a glove stop on Oleg Saprykin and another on a shot by Chris Clark.

The line of Elias, Gomez and Brian Gionta has been outstanding since being reunited recently by coach Pat Burns. It has combined for 12 goals and 16 assists in six games.

Kiprusoff also didn’t have a chance on Elias’ goal 4:48 in as Elias took a pass from Niedermayer and rifled a shot from the right circle into the upperleft corner of the net.

Notes

Former Devils player Krzysztof Oliwa and Grant Marshall exchanged major blows in a first-period fight. … Calgary ends its five-game road trip (1-3) at Colorado on Tuesday. … Reinprecht got his 100th career assist on Kobasew’sgoal. … The Flames have scored five goals in four games.

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  Game Winning Goal
P. Elias P. Elias
New Jersey Devils
Scored at 16:06 of 2nd

Goaltending

Goalie Team Shot Save
Miikka Kiprusoff Cgy 25 23
Martin Brodeur StL 19 18