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Berard's OT Winner Downs New Jersey
Nikolai Zherdev Scores Two Goals

Sunday, 12.11.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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(AP) -- Bryan Berard scored off a pass from Sergei Fedorov with 13.6 seconds left in overtime, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets hadn't gotten a shot in the extra period before Berard slipped around Devils defenseman Paul Martin in the right circle and beat Martin Brodeur for his sixth goal of the season.

Nikolai Zherdev scored twice in regulation for Columbus, giving him four goals in three games after opening the season with four in 25 contests.

Columbus is the only NHL team not to have lost this season in overtime or a shootout. The Blue Jackets are 2-0 in games ended in overtime and 3-for-3 in shootouts.

New Jersey lost its fourth straight, all to Western Conference teams. Detroit, Calgary and Colorado defeated the Devils before the Blue Jackets.

It was the seventh consecutive game that New Jersey failed to score more than three goals.

Marc Denis stopped both of New Jersey's shots in overtime and finished with 28 saves, raising his record to 4-11. Brodeur dropped to 11-9-2.

Except for Zherdev's goals, Brodeur was spectacular in regulation. He made 36 saves, including 14 in the third period when Columbus missed numerous chances to take the lead.

With just under 12 minutes remaining before overtime, Jan Hrdina sent a pass through the goal crease to Duvie Westcott, who tapped it wide when Brodeur cut off his angle.

Jason Chimera, Jaroslav Balastik and Dan Fritsche all had shots in succession about four minutes later, only to push them wide or have Brodeur turn them aside. Brodeur also made a lunging save on Adam Foote's shot with about a minute left in regulation.

Both of Zherdev's goals tied the game. He made it 2-2 off a pass from Hrdina at 4:35 of the third, and 1-1 midway through the second when he blasted a shot from the left circle past Brodeur's stick.

Brian Gionta and Martin scored for New Jersey.

Gionta had his 18th goal with 3:06 left in the second period, putting the Devils ahead 2-1 when he slid a backhander through the legs of Foote and Denis.

A well-timed play led to Martin's first goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for New Jersey with 9:24 left in the opening period.

Jamie Langenbrunner circled behind the net with the puck and delivered a centering pass to Martin just as Sergei Brylin picked off two Columbus defenders to the right of Denis. Martin scored on a wide-open wrist shot.

Game notes: Linesman Tim Nowak left the game at 15:39 of the first period after being hit in the face with a puck shot by Hrdina. He returned for the second period. ... Nashville and the New York Rangers have a league-high four shootout wins. ... Columbus forward Jody Shelley and New Jersey forward Darren Langdon each drew fighting majors when they slugged it out in the second period. Langdon landed five blows to Shelley's head after Shelley's helmet popped off.

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