October 05, 2005Game 1: Devils Beat Penguins: 5-1 at Home
The New Jersey Devils began the 2005-2006 season with a 5-1 win
at home over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, October 5, 2005.
Sergei Brylin scored the first goal of the Devils season by
beating Jocelyn Thibault at 16:55 of the first period. Brylin's goal was
assisted by Alexander Mogilny and Dan McGillis.
Zach Parise gave the Devils a 2-0 lead, scoring his first career
NHL goal on the power-play with 35 seconds remaining in the first period.
Brian Gionta and Viktor Kozlov assisted on the goal.
The first period ended with the Devils leading the Penguins, 2-0.
The Penguins outshot the Devils 17-13 in the period.
Brian Gionta increased the Devils lead to 3 goals with an amazing
second-effort, falling shot that beat Thibault with just 3:42 remaining in the
second period. Gionta's first goal of the season was unassisted.
The second period ended with the Devils leading the Penguins,
3-0. The Devils outshot the Penguins 10-9 in the period.
Gionta scored 3:29 into the third period to give the Devils a
commanding 4-0 lead with the power-play goal. Gionta's second goal of
game was assisted by Viktor Kozlov and Zach Parise.
Mark Recchi got the Penguins on the board with a power-play goal,
beating Martin Brodeur at 5:36.
Sergei Brylin tallied his second goal of the game at 13:02 of the
third period to increase the Devils lead to 5-1. Scott Gomez was
credited with the only assist on the goal.
The game ended with the Devils defeating the Penguins 5-1.
The Devils outshot the Penguins 14-11 in the third period; with the shots even,
37-37 in the game. Pittsburgh was 1-11 on the power-play, while the
Devils managed to capitalize on 2 of their 8 power-play opportunites.
Devils' rookie Zach Parise took the spotlight away from supposed
Penguins phenom, Sidney Crosby in this game. In nearly equivalent ice
time (15:50 Crosby, 15:48 Parise), Parise was a +1, recorded 4 shots on goal
and scored one goal and one assist to Crosby's -2 and one assist with 3 shots
Attendance for the game was 18,101. The 3 stars of the
game were Brian Gionta, Martin Brodeur, and Zach Parise. New Jersey won
57% of the face-offs in the game.
Darren Langdon, Krzysztof Oliwa, and Sean Brown were healthy
scratches for the Devils.
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