The New Jersey Devils try to get back on the winning tracktonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.,New Jersey has dropped two of its last three games, including Thursday’s 4-3shootout loss against the Nashville Predators. Brian Gionta scored twice andScott Gomez added a goal for the Devils.
Gionta netted the tying goal with 11.6 seconds remaining in regulation andgoaltender Scott Clemmensen made 15 saves and got the start for future Hall ofFamer Martin Brodeur, who got the day off.
Last week Brodeur notched his 450th career win, making him only the thirdbackstop to achieve the feat. Brodeur joined Florida’s Ed Belfour (457) andPatrick Roy (551) as the only netminders to reach the plateau.
Brodeur was the youngest of the trio when he hit the mark and will be betweenthe pipes Saturday night against Ottawa.
Meanwhile, the Senators are struggling and have lost four of their last fivegames. On Thursday the Sens dropped a 2-1 decision to the Colorado Avalanche.
Dany Heatley had the lone goal, while Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson bothassisted on the marker. Senators netminder Martin Gerber had 34 saves indefeat.
The 2005-06 season series between New Jersey and Ottawa was tied at two gamesapiece. The Devils have won five of the last eight meetings and are 6-2-1 inthe last nine trips to Ottawa.
New Jersey is 16-7-3 at the Senators.