New Jersey scored three power-play goals, including the
game-winner by Alexander Mogilny late in the third period, to
defeat Florida 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak in which the Devils
were outscored 10-2 by Carolina and the New York Rangers. They
scored five power-play goals in 31 opportunities over their first
"The problem was our passing," Devils coach Larry Robinson
said. "We weren't making hard, crisp passes. On the last goal,
there was a hard pass from Kozlov down to Langenbrunner in the
corner and he just fired it right across."
Mogilny took the pass across the crease from Jamie Langenbrunner
and stuffed it past Roberto Luongo at 13:54 for the deciding goal.
The 16-year veteran also assisted on goals by Zach Parise and
Viktor Kozlov, more than making up for his miscue that led to
Florida's first goal.
The Devils trailed 3-0 in the first period of their last two
losses, but this time Sergei Brylin tied the score a little over a
minute after Horton's goal.
"Those things happen," Mogilny said of the turnover. "But as
long as you work hard, you'll get rewarded."
The Panthers dropped their second straight game and have allowed
six power-play goals in those two games after giving up three in a
4-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday night.
"You hope to get a few more power plays," Panthers coach
Jacques Martin said. "That's something we don't control. We have
to be better as far as staying out of the box."
The Devils stayed out of the penalty box, accruing only one
penalty, a tripping minor on Grant Marshall midway through the
final period. In the first five games, New Jersey was called for 37
"I thought our positioning was good and that we were able to
keep their players in front of us," Robinson said. "When you're
chasing, that's usually when you get penalties."
Brodeur stopped 21 shots for the Devils, one game after being
replaced after two periods in a 6-1 home loss to Carolina. Luongo
made 30 saves for Florida, but was helpless on Mogilny's
"It was a quick play," he said. "The guy was right there. And
he just had to put it into an empty net."
The win was Robinson's 107th with the Devils, passing Pat
Burns for second place on the club's all-time list. Jacques Lemaire
leads with 233. ... Devils D Colin White (groin) and Panthers C Joe
Nieuwendyk (back spasms) were scratches. ... John Madden left the
ice with 1:15 left in the first period after a crunching hit into
the boards by Mike Van Ryn of the Panthers. He returned to start
the second period.