Originally posted on Running With The Devils  |  Last updated 2/17/12

The New Jersey Devils picked up their second straight victory on Friday night with an impressive 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Martin Brodeur was solid in net, stopping 36 of 38 shots. Adam Henrique and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in regulation for New Jersey and Patrik Elias added the game winner in a shootout.


The Devils offense looked strong out of the gate. Patrik Elias had a strong scoring opportunity in the first period that was denied by Jonas Hiller. Martin Brodeur also played spectacular and denied the Ducks on several key scoring opportunities, including two chances from former Devil Rod Pelley. Devils defenseman Kurtis Foster was called for delay of game 9:01 into the period; however, Anaheim missed their only power play opportunity of the first. Both teams skated into the locker room tied at zero at the end of twenty minutes of play.


The zero-zero tie would not last long, however, as Adam Henrique netted his fifteenth goal of the season 1:25 into the second period; Ilya Kovalchuk fired a shot from the circle and Henrique quickly jumped on the rebound. Alexei Ponikarovsky added a goal 10:56 into the period to put New Jersey on top by a score of 2-0. Anaheim drew within one goal after Corey Perry scored his 29th goal of the year 16:08 into the period. Although Anaheim led in the shots on goal category by a tally of 23-15 at the end of the second, they found themselves behind by a score of 2-1 heading into the third period.


Martin Brodeur continued his amazing play in net in the third period, denying Anaheim yet again on several scoring opportunities. Sheldon Brookbank, however, scored his first goal since 2009 and tied the game with 2:13 to play. The Devils were denied by Hiller several times in the last minute and a half, sending the game into overtime.


Ryan Getzlaf, of Anaheim, seemed to score 1:10 into the overtime period; however, after further review, which showed that the puck was kicked into the net, the goal was waved off. Both teams had good scoring chances in overtime but were unable to capitalize, which sent the game into a shootout.


Ilya Kovalchuk started the shootout for the Devils with a goal. Anaheim quickly responded with a shootout goal by Teemu Selanne. Zach Parise was denied on his shootout attempt and Corey Perry sent one wide of Brodeur. Tied at one goal a piece headed into the third round of the shootout, Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey to give the Devils a 2-1 advantage. Martin Brodeur made a great save on Ryan Getzlaf to win the game for New Jersey.

The Devils are back in action on Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens at 6:00 PM EST. The Devils, 33-20-4, have racked up 70 points on the season thus far, good enough for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Here's a look at the current standings in the east:

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