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1/6/2007 5:54:48 PM


OTTAWA (CP) - Brian Gionta scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils got standout goaltending from Martin Brodeur to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Saturday.

Zach Parise supplied the other goal for the Devils, but it was Brodeur's nearly flawless performance that made the difference in spoiling the afternoon for a capacity Scotiabank Place crowd of 19, 548.

Brodeur stopped 33 shots to prevent Ottawa (22-19-2), winner of five of its previous six games, from picking up at least a point for the first time in seven contests.

Scott Gomez added a pair of assists for the Devils.

Ray Emery also had a good game at the other end of the rink, making 26 saves, but New Jersey (24-13-4) won for the second straight game and fifth time in its last six outings - the only loss in shootout to the New York Rangers.

Patrick Eaves ended a personal scoring drought with a goal for Ottawa and Tom Preissing also scored.

Both teams are back in action Sunday. Ottawa is at home to Philadelphia while the Devils play in Montreal.

New Jersey jumped ahead 6:13 into the game when Parise took a pass from Travis Zajac and beat Emery from close range.

The Senators took advantage of a New Jersey turnover to tie the game later in the period. Dean McAmmond stripped David Hale of the puck in Devils' zone and Christoph Schubert fed Eaves in the slot. His low shot beat Brodeur for Eaves' first goal since Dec. 2, a stretch of 17 games.

New Jersey killed off a penalty early in the second before Gionta

redirected Hale's point shot to restore the Devils' lead. Brodeur thwarted Senators snipers Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson on several occasions.

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