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March 11, 2004
Game 70: Devils Beat Blackhawks 6-4; Giroux Recalled

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 in New Jersey on Thursday, March 11, 2004.

    Here are a few of my pictures from the game.

    Turner Stevenson got the Devils on the board at 7:26 of the first period, beating Blackhawks netminder Michael Leighton with a power-play goal.   Scott Niedermayer and Paul Martin assisted on Stevenson's 12th goal of the season.

    Eric Nickulas beat Martin Brodeur with just 1:55 remaining in the first period to tie the game.   There was no other scoring in the period, though the Devils outshot the Blackhawks 11-9.

    Grant Marshall scored 3:54 into the second period to regain the Devils lead.   Jeff Friesen and Jan Hrdina assisted on Marshall's eighth goal of the season.   Hrdina's assist was his first point as a Devil.

    Turner Stevenson fought Jason Strudwick (at 5:32) and Grant Marshall fought Jim Vandermeer (at 10:15), but the fights were not enough to get Chicago fired up.

    Sergei Brylin scored at 13:30 to give New Jersey a 3-1 lead over the Hawks.   Colin White and Jan Hrdina assisted on Brylin's 12th of the season.

    Just 32 seconds after Brylin's goal, John Madden beat Leighton to pad the Devils lead to 3 goals.   Madden's 10th goal of the season was assisted by Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Niedermayer.

    Tuomo Ruutu beat Martin Brodeur with a power-play goal with just 29 seconds remaining in the second period.

    The second period ended with the Devils leading the Blackhawks, 4-2.   Chicago outshot New Jersey 11-9 in the period.

    Michal Barinka scored his first goal of the season, beating Brodeur at 5:08 of the third period.

    Patrik Elias beat Leighton with a great backhand shot, lifted over the Blackhawks netminder at 11:52.   Scott Gomez and Turner Stevenson assisted on Elias' 32nd goal of the season.

    Stevenson's assist gave him the completed "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" - a Goal, an Assist, and a Fighting Major.

    Tyler Arnason got the Blackhawks back to within 1 goal of the Devils, beating Brodeur at 14:27 - but, they would not be able to tie the game.

    With just under 1 second remaining in regulation time, Turner Stevenson unselfishly passed the puck to Patrik Elias for an empty net goal.   Stevenson was credited with the only assist on Elias' 2nd goal of the game.

    The game ended with the Devils defeating the Blackhawks, 6-4.   Chicago outshot New Jersey 15-8 in the third period and 35-28 in the game.

    With the victory, the Devils win the season series, 1-0-1.

    Raymond Giroux skated with the Devils in the pre-game warmup, but was scratched.   He was recalled by the Devils earlier in the day.

    Brian Gionta (face), Brian Rafalski (leg), Jiri Bicek (healthy), and Raymond Giroux (healthy) were the Devils scratches.


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