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October 12, 2002
Devils 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 return.
    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 attendance.
    Andrei Zyuzin, Stephen Guolla, and Andreas Salomonsson were the Devils' healthy scratches.
    Announced attendance for the game was 17,098.

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