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Gionta scores twice and Brodeur sharp in Devils' 3-2 win over Senators

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Gionta scores twice and Brodeur sharp in Devils' 3-2 win over Senators

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Devils got standout goaltending from Martin Brodeur to defeat the

Ottawa Senators 3-2 Saturday.

Zach Parise supplied the other goal for the Devils, but it was Brodeur's nearly flawless performance that made the difference in spoiling the afternoon for a capacity Scotiabank Place crowd of 19, 548.

Brodeur stopped 33 shots to prevent Ottawa (22-19-2), winner of five of its previous six games, from picking up at least a point for the first time in seven contests.

Scott Gomez added a pair of assists for the Devils.

Ray Emery also had a good game at the other end of the rink, making 26 saves, but New Jersey (24-13-4) won for the second straight game and fifth time in its last six outings - the only loss in shootout to the New York

Rangers.

Patrick Eaves ended a personal scoring drought with a goal for

Ottawa and Tom Preissing also scored.

Both teams are back in action Sunday. Ottawa is at home to Philadelphia while the Devils play in Montreal.

New Jersey jumped ahead 6:13 into the game when Parise took a pass

from Travis Zajac and beat Emery from close range.

The Senators took advantage of a New Jersey turnover to tie the game later in the period. Dean McAmmond stripped David Hale of the puck in Devils' zone and Christoph Schubert fed Eaves in the slot. His low shot beat Brodeur for Eaves' first goal since Dec. 2, a stretch of 17 games.

New Jersey killed off a penalty early in the second before Gionta

redirected Hale's point shot to restore the Devils' lead.

Brodeur thwarted Senators snipers Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson on several occasions.

Ottawa had a chance for the equalizer with a power play midway through the third, but Brodeur, with Chris Neil repeatedly in his face, stopped Peter Schaefer on a couple of chances.

Gionta made it 3-1 with 3 1-2 minutes left, taking a pass from Gomez in the slot and beating Emery.

Preissing scored from a scramble with 78 seconds left.

Notes: With forwards Mike Fisher (knee), Jason Spezza (knee) and Antoine Vermette (hip) all out with injuries, the Senators recalled centre Josh Hennessy from AHL Binghamton for the game . . . Devils defenceman Brian Rafalski appeared in his 500th NHL game . . . Centre Erik Rasmussen returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in five of New Jersey's previous seven games . . . Devils defencemen Colin White and Johnny Oduya (both upper-body injuries) missed the game . . . Blue-liner Mark Fraser, a native of Ottawa, made his NHL debut for New Jersey.

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Gionta scores twice and Brodeur sharp in Devils' 3-2 win over Senators