EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Whether Paul Martin ever scored in
overtime before isn't known. There is no disputing that this
game-winner was the most important.
"Maybe I scored one in youth hockey back in Minnesota, but I
really don't remember," said New Jersey's rookie defenseman.
Martin netted his latest 3:53 into overtime to give the Devils a
3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
"I certainly never had one as big as this one," he added.
Martin, who played last year for the University of Minnesota,
tallied his third goal of the season. It helped the Devils win a
game they trailed 2-0 in the first period.
"I think we all took it as a challenge to come back, after we
let up those two fluke goals," Martin said. "A couple of bounces
didn't go our way, but we showed a lot of character as a team to
New Jersey won its second straight and pulled within two points
of Ottawa and Boston for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Devils snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Carolina
Martin was just trying to put the puck on net. He caught a break
when his shot deflected in off Kings defenseman Joe Corvo.
"We had some success getting the puck to the net," Martin
said. "I was trying to use the player as a screen. I couldn't see
anything through the two guys in front. I just put it toward the
net, and it somehow got in."
Brodeur tried to stop the rolling puck with his stick and
blocker, but the shot trickled in for Rosa's fifth career goal.
Rosa played sparingly for the Kings in 1998-99, spent two years in
Finland, and only played two games last season.
Two minutes later, defenseman Tomas Zizka, playing in only his
eighth game of the season, scored during a power play for his first
NHL goal. Zizka fired a shot toward the net, and the drive deflected
off Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer and in at 10:00. Rosa was
credited with an assist.
"That wasn't a very good first 10 minutes," Devils coach Pat
Burns said. "I think we were thinking that it was going to go as
well as it did [Saturday] for the first 10 minutes, and it didn't."
The Devils cut the lead to 2-1 before the end of the first
period, when Sergei Brylin converted on a power-play chance for his
11th goal of the season.
It was Langenbrunner's first goal since returning from a 28-game absence caused by a knee injury.
"He's definitely doing a lot more now," Burns said. "He's
more alert and doing more skating. Right now, you can see that his
jump is back. We can use him a little more now, too."
The game remained deadlocked through a scoreless third period.
Brodeur stopped 24 saves to earn his 27th victory this season.
The Devils are 6-1-10 in overtime this season. Los Angeles
fell to 2-7-13 in the extra session. ... The Kings have lost 469
man-games to injury. Some of the most notable injuries have been to
Adam Deadmarsh (post-concussion symptoms) and Jason Allison
(whiplash), who have missed the entire season, as well as to
Ziggy Palffy, who was lost for the season three weeks ago with a dislocated
shoulder. Martin Straka is out with a sprained right knee. ...
Veteran Devils C Igor Larionov was a healthy scratch for the fourth
straight game. The 43-year-old Russian player hasn't scored in 39
games with the Devils.