Minnesota 4, New Jersey 2

Friday, December 2, 2011 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 12-11-0-1 5-4-0-1 7-7-0-0 L3
Minnesota 16-7-2-1 10-4-1-0 6-3-1-1 W3


Kyle Brodziak scored a pair of goals to power the surging Minnesota Wild to a 4-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Dany Heatley and Casey Wellman sandwiched goals around Brodziak's first tally in a three-goal first-period outburst as the Wild registered their third consecutive victory and sent Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur to the second-shortest outing of his career.

Josh Harding relieved starter Niklas Backstrom and turned aside all 22 shots he faced as Minnesota improved to 8-2 in its last 10 games.

Brodeur was yanked after allowing three goals – in a span of 5:03 – on four shots in losing for the second time in 11 meetings against the Wild. He was torched for six goals at Colorado on Wednesday.

Wellman's first goal of the season KO'd Brodeur at the 8:17 mark as the Wild won their NHL-leading 10th game after surrendering the first goal of the game.

Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk scored first-period goals for the Devils, who tumbled to their third straight defeat despite outshooting Minnesota 31-16.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Minnesota
Zach Parise 2 Points Kyle Brodziak 2
Zach Parise 1 Goals Kyle Brodziak 2
Zach Parise 1 Assists Niklas Backstrom 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Johan Hedberg .917 Save Percentage Josh Harding 1.000
Johan Hedberg 11 Saves Josh Harding 22

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 31 2 0-5 2-2 6 25
Minnesota 16 4 0-2 5-5 10 32

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Anaheim. The Wild have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .545 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Devils have a W/L % of .462 after a win and .545 after a loss.
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