Senators 2, Devils 1 (SO)

Jim Hague, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jakob Silfverberg scored on Martin Brodeur in the shootout, giving the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Monday afternoon at the Prudential Center.
Ben Bishop made three saves in the shootout and 30 overall for his first win of the season.
The win enabled the Senators (8-6-2) to win on the road for only the third time this season and second time in 11 games at the Prudential Center.
The Devils (9-3-4) lost for the second straight time and third in the last four games.
Stephen Gionta scored a goal in the early minutes of the game to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Then, Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson scored a goal midway through the third period to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Bishop was making his third start of the season and was magnificent in goal.
Martin Brodeur had 29 saves in net for the Devils.
The Devils came out inspired after having a lackluster performance Saturday in a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders and totally dominated play, scoring the game's first goal and outshooting the Sens 17-9. It was the Devils' high period for shots on goal for the season.
The Devils wasted little time taking control of the game and once again it was the team's fourth line that contributed.
Steve Bernier took a shot that Bishop stopped, but the rebound came out to the diminutive Gionta, who pushed it between Bishop's pads for his second goal of the season just 1:19 into the game.
The Senators had two good chances to score in the first period, but Daniel Alfredsson hit the post on one shot and Kaspars Daugavins missed a wide open opportunity, when he clanked one off the post with Brodeur clearly out of the goal.
A sharp Brodeur was tested twice in the early stages of the second period, but the sure-fire Hall of Famer kicked aside both attempts.
Patrik Elias had a solid 2-on-1 chance in the second, but Bishop was up to the test, making a diving slap at the puck at the last second to thwart the try.
The Devils suffered a big blow when Ryan Carter was sandwiched into the boards by Chris Neil and Dave Dziurzynski and went down hard, favoring his right shoulder. The Devils called Carter's injury as "an upper body injury" and he did not return.
The Senators continued the second period pressure. Eric Gryba's shot from the point was stopped by Brodeur, but it almost got past him as it eluded his stick. With 10 minutes left, Jakob Silfverberg fired a slap shot that clanked off the post. Just 15 seconds later, Silfverberg's shot was stopped by Brodeur, but he didn't realize that the puck was underneath him.
The Devils went 10 minutes without recording a shot on goal, before Marek Zidlicky's shot on the power-play reached Bishop, who stopped it with his pads.
The Senators outshot the Devils 10-4 in the second period.
The Devils had the better of the play in the early stages of the third, but Bishop, starting for only the third time this season, came up big on shots by Alexei Ponikorovsky and Ilya Kovalchuk.
Zack Smith and Mike Lundin had open chances that Brodeur stopped, both with his catching glove.
The Senators finally tied the game at 1-1, when 40-year-old captain Alfredsson lifted a backhand attempt over Brodeur with 11:48 left. It was the fourth goal of the season for Alfredsson and the 420th of his 17-year career. Silfverberg and Kyle Turris received assists on the play. It was the first goal the Sens scored since losing standout Erik Karlsson to injury Friday night.
The game went into overtime with the Senators having a one-man advantage, 4-on-3, but the Senators managed just one shot by Alfredsson that was stopped by Brodeur.
Notes: Knowing that he lost Karlsson for the season with a torn Achilles tendon against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Senators coach Paul MacLean was less than cordial before the game. "We're a work ethic-based team and that never changes," he said. "That's what we're going to be. We're always going to play the same way." Karlsson had 19 goals and 59 assists for the Senators last season, earning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman. ... Devils coach Peter DeBoer realized that his team has hit a bit of a lull. "We lost a little bit of that edge we had early on," he said. "We need to get that back." ... The Devils sent center Jacob Josefson to Albany of the AHL and recalled center Andrei Loktionov, who was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings Feb. 6 for a fifth-round draft pick. Josefson saw action in all prior 15 games, collecting just one assist. DeBoer said it was a move to attempt to keep the third and fourth lines as fresh as possible. ... Defenseman Mark Fayne, who made two giveaways Friday night in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, was a healthy scratch for a second straight game for the Devils. ... Kovalchuk saw his six-game scoring streak come to an end.

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