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Devils hold Flames shotless on 5-minute power play

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils made a
five-minute penalty against defenseman Colin White work to their
advantage against the Calgary Flames.

John Madden and the Devils' penalty killers turned the momentum
by holding Calgary without a shot during the long second-period
power play, and Patrik Elias scored the winning goal less than two
minutes later in a 3-1 win Sunday.

"You figure they will outchance you and the worst case scenario
is they may get a goal," Madden said. "The way we killed that
penalty, we really took the puck to them. We had odd-man rushes and
close calls by their net. We took the wind out of their sails."

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had to make two good stops on
forward Brian Gionta and another on defenseman Paul Martin during
the major. The Devils held a 3-0 shot advantage during the five
minutes.

"When they got the puck in the corner we were able to get on
them early and they were just panicking," said Devils goaltender
Martin Brodeur, who only had to make 18 saves. "The first couple
of times they dumped the puck I was able to handle it so they
didn't want to do that anymore. Then the crowd got into it, and it
got harder for them."

Jarome Iginla, the Flames' leading scorer, said failing to
convert on the long power play was like missing on a 5-on-3 chance,
which is a momentum changer.

"On the other side of it, it's only a one-goal game and we
still have to find ways to win," Iginla said. "We found ways to
win our share of those this year, and now we are not."

The loss was the Flames' third straight, tying their longest
losing streak of the season.

Scott Gomez assisted on both goals by Elias and has 10 assists
in six games. Elias has five goals in three games. Turner Stevenson
added an empty-net goal with 13.7 seconds to play.

Chuck Kobasew scored a power-play goal for the Flames, who had
nine minutes of power-play time in the second period.

The majority came when White was ejected for cross-checking
defenseman Denis Gauthier in the neck. White seemed to be
retaliating after Gauthier checked Jay Pandolfo headfirst into the
side boards.

"What `Whitey' did was totally acceptable as far as we are
concerned," Madden said. "He was sticking up for his teammate.
The hit on Pando was dirty."

Kiprusoff never had a chance on Elias' second goal, scored on a
play in which all five Devils skaters touched the puck. Defenseman
David Hale sent a pass to Scott Niedermayer, who poked it ahead to
Jamie Langenbrunner. His cross-ice pass went to Gomez, who sent a
pass across the crease to a wide-open Elias for a tap-in at 16:06.

Kobasew tied it 1-1 at 5:09 of the second period with a rebound
of Steve Reinprecht's shot. Toni Lydman set up the play with a
nifty move at the blue line to keep the puck in the zone and then
get a shot on goal.

Elias disputed the call and got a penalty for unsportsmanlike
conduct. The Flames did not take advantage of that penalty, either.

Brodeur had to make about three good saves in the third period,
his best being a glove stop on Oleg Saprykin and another on a shot
by Chris Clark.

The line of Elias, Gomez and Brian Gionta has been outstanding
since being reunited recently by coach Pat Burns. It has combined
for 12 goals and 16 assists in six games.

Kiprusoff also didn't have a chance on Elias' goal 4:48 in as
Elias took a pass from Niedermayer and rifled a shot from the right
circle into the upper left corner of the net.

Game notes
Former Devils player Krzysztof Oliwa and Grant Marshall
exchanged major blows in a first-period fight. ... Calgary ends its
five-game road trip (1-3) at Colorado on Tuesday. ... Reinprecht
got his 100th career assist on Kobasew's goal. ... The Flames have
scored five goals in four games.