OTTAWA (AP) -- It was hardly the ending the Ottawa Senators
After leading the New Jersey Devils for 58 minutes, 23 seconds
Saturday night, the Senators' 1-0 lead turned into a 2-1 loss.
Gionta scored on a wraparound seconds later after the Devils won
a battle for the puck behind the Ottawa net.
"It's unbelievable, I don't even know what to say," an angry
Alfredsson explained. "You can't give up a lead like that and then
lose the game. If you want to be a top team you have to be
Redden was in obvious disgust with himself after the game and
willing to shoulder part of the blame for the loss.
"We had the game," he said. "It was my mistake that let them
get back in it. I didn't get the puck out. We've got to be better.
Sure it's hard, but if you've got to get the puck down the ice get
it down and protect the front of the net."
While the Devils have lots of respect for the Senators, they
acknowledged being comfortable in a one-goal game.
"It's a 60-minute game," Scott Stevens said. "Anytime we're
down 1-0 we still feel we have a chance. One goal is not a great
lead. It can be enough to win, but we got the goal to tie and then
the one to win."
Things started well for Ottawa when Jeff Friesen was called for
slashing just 39 seconds into the game.
The Senators scored on the ensuing power play when Alfredsson
beat Brodeur with a slap shot from the point. Brodeur didn't have
much of a chance to stop the puck as New Jersey defenseman Scott Stevens screened him.
The Senators were 1-for-5 with the man advantage, and the Devils
New Jersey's John Madden conceded that the Devils might have
gotten a couple of lucky bounces.
"It's funny how a one-goal lead is enough to win, but it's not
enough to sit on," he said. "I think this was a definite
indication of our team's work ethic.
"Sometimes it's going to come down to the wire, but that's OK
because we still feel we have a chance."
Prusek came up with a number of solid saves in the second. His
best was a glove stop on Igor Larionov with less than three minutes
remaining in the second.
The Stanley Cup champion Devils reached the finals last season
after outlasting the Senators in a seven-game semifinal series.
Ottawa LW Peter Schaefer played his 100th game with the
Senators. ... Ottawa C Mike Fisher remains out of the lineup with a
right elbow injury. LW Petr Schastlivy, D Shane Hnidy and Curtis
Leschyshyn were healthy scratches for the Senators. ... New
Jersey's D Colin White missed the game due to a knee injury, D
Tommy Albelin and RW Michael Rupp were healthy scratches for the