October 12, 2002Devils Beat Blue Jackets, 3-2
The Devils won their home opener on Saturday, October
12, 2002. They defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of
3-2. The win gives the Devils a 2 game winning streak, and the
top position in the Atlantic Division.
Sean Pronger beat Martin Brodeur 6:09 into the first
period on the power-play to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.
Mike Danton got his first career NHL goal at 13:49 of
the first period, to tie the game, 1-1. Danton's goal was
assisted by Turner Stevenson and Brian Rafalski.
The first period ended with the game tied, 1-1.
New Jersey outshot Columbus 8-5 in the period.
Sergei Brylin beat Marc Denis just 58 seconds into the
second period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Brylin's first
goal of the season was assisted by Scott Gomez and Jeff Friesen.
Jason Allison and Turner Stevenson dropped the gloves
4:06 into the second. Stevenson was the clear victor in the
battle landing numerous good punches, while taking very little in
The second period ended with the Devils leading the Blue
Jackets 2-1. The Devils outshot the Jackets 9-8 in the period.
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre's goal at 4:58 of the third period
tied the game, 2-2.
Patrik Elias took a nice pass from Scott Gomez at 12:20
to give the Devils a 3-2 lead. Brian Rafalski also assisted on
Elias's first goal of the season.
The game ended with the Devils winning, 3-2. The
Blue Jackets outshot the Devils 7-6 in the third, but were outshot
23-20 in the game.
The Devils had 9 power-play opportunities in the game,
but were unable to convert. The Blue Jackets scored on one of
their six chances with the man advantage.
Scott Gomez was flying around the ice, easily breaking
up the trap, and setting up plays. He was named the first star
of the game. He credited his good game to his parents being in
Andrei Zyuzin, Stephen Guolla, and Andreas Salomonsson
were the Devils' healthy scratches.
Announced attendance for the game was 17,098.
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