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game recap

Senators 3, Devils 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:35 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 3, Devils 2
New Jersey Devils 2, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA - Pascal Leclaire called the Ottawa Senators' victory over the New Jersey Devils "a good win", though either of the two struggling teams would have gladly settled for a bad or ugly victory, too.

Milan Michalek and Jarkko Ruutu scored 2:16 apart midway through the second, spoiling Martin Brodeur's return to New Jersey's lineup in Ottawa's 3-2 victory Friday night.

Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist and Leclaire stopped 29 shots for the Senators, coming off a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

"Both teams are fighting hard for points right now," Leclaire said. "We're both not in a situation we expected to be in the standings, so it was a pretty hard-fought game and it's good for us. Hopefully, we can build some confidence out of it."

Brodeur made 26 saves in his first appearance in eight games following a right elbow injury as the Devils' losing streak stretched to four. The NHL's career victories and shutouts leader, Brodeur also drew his 35th career assist on Patrik Elias' power-play goal 4:46 into the second that tied it at 1.

Dainius Zubrus scored New Jersey's second power-play goal later in the second to draw the Devils within one. Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on both goals.

New Jersey had a possible tying goal by David Clarkson disallowed with 3:36 remaining in the third. The puck went in off Clarkson's left skate and referee Brad Watson immediately waved it off, a call that was upheld by a video review.

The Senators ended a two-game losing streak, winning for the fourth time in their last 14 games (4-9-1).

Michalek gave Ottawa its second one-goal lead 9:39 into the second. The Czech left wing backhanded a rebound past Brodeur for his sixth goal to make it 2-1.

Ruutu increased it to 3-1 at 11:55 when he banked a shot from behind the goal line off Brodeur and into the net for his second goal of the season.

Karlsson, who assisted on Michalek's goal, opened the scoring with an unassisted goal 15:30 in. The Ottawa defenceman's drive from the right point found its way through traffic and into the right side of the net.

"As long as you get the puck on net and you have someone in front that doesn't stop the puck, it's usually a goal if the goalie doesn't see it and it goes next to him," Karlsson said.

Elias tied it at 1-1 with a power-play goal 4:46 into the second on a shot that Leclaire would surely like to replay. Brodeur began the play by playing the puck to Kovalchuk, who fed a pass to Elias. The veteran left wing's long shot struck Leclaire and popped up before bouncing behind the Senators' goalie into the net.

Zubrus got his fourth goal at 14:10. Travis Zajac fed a pass to Zubrus, who one-timed a drive past Leclaire to cut the lead to one.

Kovalchuk got his second point of the game, only his 13th in 27 games, with an assist on the play.

NOTES: Brodeur's assist was his first of the season, and his 36th regular-season point, including a goal. Tom Barrasso holds the NHL records for assists and points by a goalie with 48 assists, two more than Grant Fuhr ... Devils D Anton Volchenkov was given a warm reception when clips of some of his biggest hits with Ottawa were played on the video board during the first period. The former Senators defenceman waved to the crowd of 16,471 ... Senators RW Ryan Shannon was left out of the lineup for a second straight night ... Ottawa is home to the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
15:30
OTT
Erik Karlsson (5) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
04:46
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (7), Martin Brodeur (1)
1 - 1 Tie
09:39
OTT
Milan Michalek (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Kovalev (8), Erik Karlsson (11)
2 - 1 OTT
11:55
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Neil (5), Chris Kelly (4)
3 - 1 OTT
14:10
NJD
PPG - Dainius Zubrus (4) Slapshot - ASST: Travis Zajac (9), Ilya Kovalchuk (8)
3 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
12:29
NJD
Brian Rolston  Hooking against  Chris Campoli
16:46
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Interference against  Chris Phillips
2nd Period
04:20
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Mattias Tedenby
13:18
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Sergei Gonchar  Holding against  Dainius Zubrus
3rd Period
06:05
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Interference against  Chris Neil
10:27
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Hi-sticking against  Alex Kovalev
14:46
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Mike Fisher  Interference against  Adam Mair
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
4-11-1
SA: 29TOI: 59:08
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .935SH: 1 - 1