OTTAWA (AP)—Though it wasn’t a textbook performance, the New Jersey Devils played well enough to earn their eighth straight road win.
Zach Parise(notes) and David Clarkson(notes) each had a goal and an assist on the power play, and the Devils won again away from home with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
The Devils (11-4) are riding the second-longest road winning streak to open an NHL season. The Buffalo Sabres started the 2006-07 season with a 10-game road run.
New Jersey trailed 2-1 heading into the third but scored two power-play goals in the third to pull out the victory.
“This is our team,” Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said. “They believe they can come back. It’s all tight games that we’re getting, but they never let down and they always feel they have a chance to come back.”
The Senators (7-5-2) continued their trend of letting games and points slip away because of their mistakes.
“We’ve just got to find a way to stay out of the box,” Senators coach Cory Clouston said. “Whatever it may be, whether we feel we’re getting the short end of the stick, we’ve got to find a way to stay out of the box.”
“I’m mad at myself,” he said. “I made a mistake on that second goal and then I was screened on the last one. It was frustrating.”
The Senators got off to a strong start, but just couldn’t hold it together in the final period.
Ottawa made it 2-0 midway through the second on Lee’s first goal of the season. Lee carried the puck from his own end and let a wrist shot go that just slipped under Brodeur’s left leg. Brodeur sprawled to grab the puck, but it had already trickled across the line.
“Those goals will happen,” Brodeur said. “This one was pretty bad, but you’ve just got to focus on the next one.”
The Devils cut the lead in half with a power-play goal as Parise was able to pick the puck out of traffic in front and raise it over Leclaire.
“I thought the second goal was the turning point for them,” Clouston said. “Obviously it was one that Pascal would have liked to have back, but they were just better positionally than we were. When they got the lead they just shut it down.”
Greene scored the eventual winner on a screened shot.
NOTES: The Senators have not beaten the Devils since Oct. 27, 2007. … The Senators were without D Anton Volchenkov(notes) (elbow, 2-3 weeks). … The Devils were missing D Johnny Oduya(notes) (lower body, indefinite), C Rob Niedermayer(notes) (upper body, indefinite), D Paul Martin(notes), (forearm fracture, four weeks), LW Jay Pandolfo(notes) (shoulder, four weeks). … New Jersey’s Patrik Elias(notes) was a healthy scratch. Elias returned to the Devils lineup for Friday’s home win over the Islanders after missing the first 13 games following groin surgery. He was held out from playing consecutive games for precautionary reasons.