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February 23, 2003
Game 61: Devils Beat Penguins: 4-3, Joe Gets 1000

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Penguins, 4-3, in Pittsburgh on Sunday, February 23, 2003.   Joe Nieuwendyk recorded his 1000th career NHL point with a goal in the third period.

    There was no scoring in a slower defensively played first period.   The Devils outshot the Penguins, 6-5.

    Mario Lemieux beat Brodeur at 4:18 of the second period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

    Turner Stevenson slapped the puck through Caron's legs at 9:51 of the second period to tie the game, 1-1.   Stevenson's 6th goal of the season was assisted by Scott Gomez and Tommy Albelin.

    Jeff Friesen blasted one over Caron just 1:39 later to give the Devils their first lead of the game.   Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Rafalski assisted on Friesen's 18th goal of the season.

    The second period ended with the Devils leading the Penguins, 2-1.   The Devils outshot the Penguins, 16-9 in the period.

    Rico Fata tied the game at 2:54 of the third period, after getting past Tommy Albelin.   Straka slapped the puck past Brodeur just 1:36 later to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

    Joe Nieuwendyk tied the game with a goal at 9:04 - the goal was Nieuwendyk's 1,000th career NHL point.   Jeff Friesen got the only assist on Nieuwendyk's 13th goal of the season.

    Scott Gomez put the puck past Caron just 37 seconds later to give the Devils a 4-3 lead.   Gomez's 9th goal of the season was assisted by Brian Rafalski and Scott Stevens.

    The game ended with the Devils beating the Penguins, 4-3.   The Devils outshot the Penguins 12-8 in the third and 35-22 in the game.

    Brian Gionta and Turner Stevenson returned to the lineup after missing several games with injuries.

    Jim McKenzie played in his 800th career NHL game.

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