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October 08, 2003
Game 1: Season Opener - Devils & Bruins: 3-3 Tie

    The New Jersey Devils opened the 2003-2004 season against the Bruins in Boston on Wednesday, October 8, 2003.   The teams skated to a 3-3 tie.

    There was no scoring, but the Devils outshot the Bruins 13-4 in the first period.

    Scott Niedermayer gave the Devils a 1-0 lead just 42 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal.   Niedermayer's 1st goal of the season was assisted by Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez.

    Jeff Friesen improved the Devils power-play percentage (now 2 for 3 on the season) by beating Felix Potvin at 12:40 of the second period.   The power-play goal, assisted by Igor Larionov and Brian Rafafalski was Friesen's 1st goal of the season, and gave the Devils a 2-0 lead.

    Just 1:51 after Friesen's goal, on a Martin Brodeur interference penalty, Jeff Jillson scored an unassisted power-play goal to cut the Devils lead in half.   Joe Thornton tied the game, 2-2, with only 16 seconds remaining in period.

    The second period ended with the game tied.   The Bruins outshot the Devils 15-14 in the period.

    Scott Niedermayer recorded his 100th career goal at 9:34 of the third period on the power-play.   Niedermayer's 2nd goal of the game was assisted by Igor Larionov and Brian Rafalski.

    Jeff Jillson recorded his 2nd goal of the game for the Bruins with 3:58 remaining in the third period to tie the game, 3-3.

  Regulation time ended with the game tied, 3-3.   The shots were even, 6-6 in the third period.

    There was no scoring in the overtime period, but Boston outshot New Jersey 6-2 in the extra session.   The Devils outshot the Bruins 35-31 in the game, but Boston won 57% of the faceoffs.


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