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September 20, 2002
Devils & Penguins, Skate to 4-4 Pre-Season Tie
    The New Jersey Devils had to settle for a 4-4 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, September 20, 2002.   They never trailed the Pens and had two-goal leads twice in the game.   The Devs first 02-03 pre-season game was played at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY.
    Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 4:14 into the first period.   He deflected a shot from Joe Nieuwendyk past Johan Hedberg on a power-play for his first goal of the pre-season.   The goal was also assisted by Oleg Tverdosvsky.
    The Penguins tied the game at 7:32 of the first period when Alexander Selivanov's shot beat Corey Schwab, who started the game in goal for the Devils.   Toby Petersen and Jamie Pushor assisted on the goal.
    Colin White, who had only 2 goals last season, beat Hedberg at 13:13 to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.   Christian Berglund and John Madden got assists on White's goal.
    Recently-acquired Dave Roche scored for the Devils at 14:15 of the first to increase the lead to 2 goals.   Joe Hulbig got the only assist on the goal.
    Period 1 came to a close with the Devils leading the Penguins by a score of 3-1.   The Devils outshot the Pens 8-6 in the period.   The Devils were not penalized in the period, but the Penguins were guilty of 3 minor penalties.
    Corey Schwab was relieved of net-minding duty at 9:44 of the second after blocking 8 of 9 shots.   Scott Clemmensen took his place in the Devils net.
    Mysteriously the ice was tilted after Clemmensen entered the game.   The Devils defense struggled to get the puck out of their zone and the Pens capitalized.   Matt Murley scored at 12:16 to cut the Devils lead to 3-2.
    Oleg Tverdovsky registered his second point of the game, beating Hedberg with a shot at 14:42.   The power-play goal gave the Devils another 2 goal lead.   Scott Niedermayer and Michael Rupp assisted on Tverdovsky's goal.
    Randy Robitaille scored with 3:58 remaining in the second to cut the Devils lead to 4-3.
    The second period ended with the Devils leading the Penguins 4-3, though Pittsburgh outshot New Jersey 11-9 in the period.
    With Scott Niedermayer (holding) and Tommy Albelin (roughing) both in the penalty box, the Penguins had a 5-3 power-play early in the third period.   Hans Johnson tied the game, 4-4, at 4:06 with the two-man advantage.
    Regulation time ended with the game tied, 4-4.   The Penguins outshot the Devils 9-7 in the third period.
    There was no scoring in the 5 minute overtime - the game ended tied, 4-4.   Pittsburgh outshot New Jersey 30-26 in the game.   The Devils went 2 for 6 with the man advantage and the Penguins converted 1 of 4 power-play chances.
    Notes: Safety Netting has not yet been installed in the Pepsi Arena.   Announced attendance for the game was 5,654.   There were no TV timeouts, but with the "hurry-up faceoffs" the game ran for only 2 hours and 10 minutes, even with the overtime period.

Starting Lineup:
Elias-Nieuwendyk-Langenbrunner
Niedermayer-White
Corey Schwab

Defensive Pairings:
Niedermayer-White
Tverdovsky-Daneyko
Zyuzin-Albelin

Forward Lines:
Elias-Nieuwendyk-Langenbrunner
Berglund-Madden-Rupp
Hulbig-Guolla-Salomonsson
Roche-Darby-Birbraer

OverTime Starting Lineup:
Nieuwendyk-Langenbrunner
Niedermayer-White
Clemmensen

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