The Devils managed to tie the series up at one game apiece thanks to a second overtime goal by Jamie Langenbrunner.
Langenbrunner had a very rough game where nothing was going right for him. Passes weren’t getting through, pucks wouldn’t settle down, shots missed the net, and his stick just wouldn’t cooperate.
In fact very little was going right at the Continental Airlines Arena for the Devils. The Devils, between the second and third period, had a combined shots on goal of 8, half of the shots they made in the first. But the Devils were still in good standing because of two goals scored in the first.
Normally the make-or-break of a period is goals scored early and late. They typically set the tone of the period or the intermission. Devils had both in the first, but for the remainder of regulation time, the Devils found themselves trailing play and trying to keep Ottawa from getting good scoring opportunities.
The EGG Line (Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez, and Brian Gionta) was reunited with Elias returning from flu-like symptoms and tallied first not more than two minutes in to the game.
Then, with 2.7 seconds remaining in the period, the puck was dropped for a faceoff in Ottawa’s zone and Sergei Brylin made a diving play to get the puck past goaltender Ray Emery. The green light had lit indicating the period was over, but after a short review, it was obvious the puck crossed the goal line with .2 seconds remaining.
A number of fantastic saves were made by Martin Brodeur, but mostly the Devils found themselves on the penalty kill during the second and third period. In the third, the Ottawa Senators pulled net minder Ray Emery and Danny Heatley scored to tie the game up at 2.
The first nerve-wracking overtime ended with Ottawa continuing to out-play the Devils, but Martin Brodeur came up big to keep the score tied.
The second overtime was delayed five minutes due to Zamboni problems. The first Zamboni left the ice with smoke bellowing out of the right side. The second one had its ice shavings being dumped out to the ice and it looked as if they were having difficulties getting things cleaned up.
Eventual, the next twenty minutes appeared on the jumbotron and period number five was underway.
As always, the Devils find a way to capitalize on a mistake, and in this case, it took 82 minutes before Ottawa made theirs. Finding Jamie Langenbrunner up ice and ahead of Ottawa’s defenders, Travis Zajac passes up the middle to Jamie and – on the breakaway – managed to squeeze the puck past Emery’s left pad and in the net.