Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 6)

New Jersey leads 5-1

Game 1: Friday, October 24th
Game 2: Friday, November 21st
Game 3: Saturday, December 27th
Game 4: Wednesday, January 7th
Game 5: Tuesday, January 20th
Game 6: Wednesday, March 17th

Penguins 1

(4-10-1, 12 pts)

Devils 2

(11-3-0, 26 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 21, 2003

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 OT T
PIT 0 0 1 01
NJ 1 0 0 12

Top Skaters

Pittsburgh: D. Tarnstrom - 1 G, 3 SOG,

New Jersey: P. Elias - 2 G, 8 SOG, +2

Pens 1-7 in Mario's absence

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils are finding new ways to keep their unbeaten streak alive.

After a pair of blowout wins over the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers, the Devils pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins to extend the streak to 11.

The Penguins (4-10-3-1) entered tied with Washington with an NHL-low 11 points in the standings.

"We're on a great run," said Patrik Elias, who scored both Devils goals. "What matters now is to keep playing consistent."

Elias scored the second goal 39 seconds into overtime as he took a pass in his own end from Brian Rafalski and skated to the Penguins zone. He used Pittsburgh defenseman Drake Berehowsky as a screen to beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who kept the Penguins in the game throughout.

"Rafalski gave me a good feed," Elias said. "I was glad it went in. It wasn't a great shot."

The Penguins forced overtime when Dick Tarnstrom scored a power-play goal with 26.8 seconds left in regulation. Aleksey Morozov fired a sharp-angle shot that Martin Brodeur kicked out, but Tarnstrom pounced on the rebound in the left circle and beat Brodeur, who had dropped his stick.

The fact the struggling Penguins got a point was little consolation to coach Eddie Olczyk.

"You lose, you lose," Olczyk said. "That's the way I look at it. I thought we played with as much moxie as we've done all year. It's tough to come in here, but we fought right to the end."

Pittsburgh again played without Mario Lemieux, who missed his eighth straight game with a hip injury. The Penguins are 1-7 without him.

Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:45 into the game when he took a pass from Christian Berglund and fired the puck into the wide-open left side of the net.

New Jersey held a 14-5 shot advantage in the first period, not counting Jeff Friesen's shot that hit the post.

The Devils failed to expand their lead in the second period despite several scoring chances. David Hale fired a shot that hit Fleury in the right arm and glanced off the post, and John Madden slipped through the Penguins defense to break in alone on Fleury.

Game notes

The Devils placed G Corey Schwab on the injured list because of a groin injury and activated RW Grant Marshall from injured reserve. Scott Clemmensen served as Brodeur's backup for a second straight game. ... The Devils are on their fifth unbeaten streak of 11 games in team history. The franchise record is 13, accomplished four times. ... Devils D Scott Stevens moved past John MacLean into second place on the team's career list. Stevens has played 935 games with New Jersey and trails only Ken Daneyko (1,283). ... Rico Fata, the Penguins' leading goal scorer with seven, returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a hamstring injury.

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