|Date of game: 12/17/2014
Recap: New Jersey vs. Ottawa
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Anderson stopped all 34 shots he faced and Kyle Turris provided all the offense Ottawa needed in a 2-0 decision over New Jersey at Prudential Center.
Turris hit the net early in the first period on a power play and then added his second goal just ahead of the final buzzer.
Anderson collected his third shutout of the season and very nearly snagged a piece of history for the Senators, who have won two of three and recorded at least a point in all of those contests.
"We can leave here with five out of six (points) on this road trip and feel good about what we accomplished, but we need to straighten up some things, get better in some areas," Anderson said. "You cannot expect to win hockey games 1-0 getting outshot. It's just not good quality hockey. I think we all know that and we're all going to be better, and we know it."
Cory Schneider made just 14 saves for the Devils, losers of five consecutive games.
Schneider was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:20 to play and almost witnessed a rare feat from the bench.
Given a clear path at which to shoot after corralling a dump-in, Anderson came within two feet of scoring with 51.8 seconds remaining after flipping a shot straight up the middle, but the puck bounced and veered to the right of the crease.
Damian Rhodes was the previous Sens goaltender to be credited with a tally, on Jan. 2, 1999 vs. the Devils in a 6-0 win at Canada's capital. In that game, Devils defenseman Lyle Odelein shot the puck from the offensive zone back into his own vacated net on a delayed penalty call and Rhodes was tabbed as he was the last opposing player to touch the puck.
Turris then hit the empty net with less than a second to go.
"I don't think we played a bad game," Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas said. "We dominated the entire game. I think we played well. They got an early power play goal and that was the game-winner right there. It's just a matter of scoring."
Ottawa produced the game's first goal just 2:47 in while up a man after Devils defenseman Jon Merrill was sent off for shooting the puck over the glass in his defensive zone.
Erik Karlsson unloaded a shot from the right point near the blue line which was tipped in front by Turris.
Anderson backed up that slim margin with 10 first-period saves, though he was helped out twice by his posts.
After making 16 more stops in a scoreless second period, Anderson stoned Scott Gomez off a slow-developing 2-on-1 break with Jaromir Jagr just after the seven minute mark of the third period.Game Notes
Anderson has posted 29 career whitewashes and 15 with Ottawa ... Prior to the
contest, the Devils activated forward Patrik Elias from injured reserve, after
missing five games with a groin injury ... The Senators scratched forwards
Patrick Wiercioch (injury) and Colin Greening (healthy) ... New Jersey sat
forward Damon Severson with a lower-body injury ... Ottawa went 18 minutes, 40
seconds of game time between the first and second periods without a shot on
goal ... Sens winger Erik Condra left the game in the second period but
returned for the third after being hit in the ear by a shot from teammate Alex