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December 12, 2002
Game 27: Devils Lose 4-2 in Columbus - Nieds Nets 2

    The New Jersey Devils were defeated, 4-2 by the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Thursday, December 12, 2002.

    Scott Niedermayer scored his 4th goal of the season just 3:20 into the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.   Scott Gomez and Turner Stevenson assisted on Niedermayer's goal..

    Andrew Cassels tied the game on the power-play at 6:33 of the first period.

    The first period ended game tied, 1-1.   The shots were also even at 14-14.

    Ray Whitney beat Brodeur 3:21 on the power-play to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead.

    Jim McKenzie fought Jody Shelley at 12:34 of the second period.   After hitting Shelley a number of times in the body and helmet, McKenzie decided he'd prefer to hit Shelley on the skull - so he removed his helmut.   He then proceded to punch Shelly's unprotected head.

    David Vyborny gave the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead at 15:09 of the second period.

    The second period ended with Columbus leading the Devils, 3-1.   The shots were even 9-9 in the period.

    Scott Niedermayer beat Denis at 17:08 of the third period to cut the Blue Jackets lead to 3-2.   Jamie Langenbrunner and Jay Pandolfo assisted on Niedermayer's 2nd goal of the night (and 5th of the season).

    Tyler Wright got an empty net goal with 38 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Blue Jackets.

    The game ended with the Blue Jackets defeating the Devils, 4-2.   The Devils outshot Columbus 19-6 in the third period and 42-29 in the game.

    The lifetime series is now tied, 2-2-1-0 but the Devils now trail 1-2-0-0 in Columbus.

    Brian Rafalski (bruised ribs), Jiri Bicek (healthy), and Corey Schwab (viral infection) were the Devils scratches.

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