Red Wings 3, Devils 2
Devils center Sergei Brylin and Detroit's Sergei Fedorov skate to the puck as forward Brendan Shanahan (14) leaps over Fedorov's stick.
Draper gets game-winner in OT
Devils' disallowed goal leads to Red Wings win.
By Associated Press
DETROIT -- After the Detroit Red Wings beat New Jersey, most of the talk was about the overtime goal that didn't count.
Kris Draper scored 1:55 into overtime, just over a minute after New Jersey had a goal disallowed, to lift the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Wednesday night.
The defending Stanley Cup champions broke a three-game winless streak, as New Jersey failed to win for the third straight game.
It appeared that John Madden gave New Jersey a victory 28 seconds into overtime, but a pass was directed into the net by Madden's skate and was waved off after officials looked at a video replay.
"The rule says you've got to kick it in the net," Madden said. "I knew I didn't kick it in the net, because I was surprised it hit my skate because the guy was holding my stick. I thought it was a goal."
New Jersey Coach Pat Burns agreed.
"The rule specifically says that if a puck is directed in off the skate, it's allowed unless there's a specific kicking motion," he said. "It's not even close. But that's Hockeytown. Funny things happen in Hockeytown."
Detroit Coach Dave Lewis wasn't so sure.
"If you're not close to the play, it's hard to tell," he said. "I didn't know until the replay."
There was no question about that the winning goal was a good one.
Draper, in front of the net, picked up a bouncing puck that got away from New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur and flipped a high shot in.
"The rebound was lying there and I just picked it up and chipped it in," Draper said.
He and Kirk Maltby started the play by knocking the puck away from Devils' defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky along the boards in the New Jersey zone. Draper tried to pass to Maltby, but it was too far for him and the puck bounced toward Brodeur, who came out to play it.
New Jersey and Detroit traded power-play goals in the second period, and the teams were tied at 2 heading into the third.
Jeff Friesen gave the Devils a 2-1 lead at 1:58 of the second when he beat Curtis Joseph high on the stick side with a wrist shot from the inside edge of the left circle during a power play.
But Brett Hull tied it during a power play with 6:17 left when his one-timed slap shot from the top of the left circle beat Brodeur high on the short side.
Detroit rookie defenseman Dmitri Bykov gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with his first NHL goal at 8:59 of the opening period when his slap shot from the top of the left circle, off a faceoff, beat Brodeur.
But New Jersey tied it 53 seconds later when Turner Stevenson put a rebound past Joseph.
New Jersey outshot Detroit 27-25 for the game and 23-15 in the first two periods.
"I thought that as the game built, we got a little bit better, a little bit stronger," Lewis said. "A little more familiar with their players."