Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a power play at 3:27 of overtime — New Jersey’s slumping $100 million man’s first goal in seven games — to give the Devils their first home victory of the year, 4-3 over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
Kovalchuk rebounded after losing control of the puck about 20 feet from goalie Jhonas Enroth on the final attempt in a shootout in the Devils’ 5-4 home loss to Buffalo on Wednesday night.
Mattias Tedenby and Alexander Vasyunov scored their first NHL goals, Brian Rolston also connected in regulation, and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Devils. Colin Fraser scored twice, Sam Gagner added a goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for Edmonton, 4-26-3 on the road since mid-December of last year.
New Jersey, 1-5-2 at home, improved to 5-10-2 – 28th in the 30-team league with 12 points. At 4-8-3, Edmonton is tied for last with the New York Islanders with 11 points.
The Oilers led 2-1 at the end of the first period on the strength of Fraser’s first two goals of the season. He opened the scoring at 4:34 by stuffing a puck under Brodeur while standing alongside the goal line.
Fraser made it 2-0 5:16 later when he ripped a screened shot past Brodeur.
Vasyunov cut the deficit in half with 4:17 left in the first, snapping a one-timer from the low slot that Dubnyk had no shot to stop.
Gagner pushed the Edmonton advantage to 3-1 5:11 into the second period off a rebound while three Oilers surrounded Brodeur.
Rolston scored his first goal of the season with 3:08 remaining in the second to make it 3-2. Tedenby tied it when he tipped Andy Greene’s power-play point shot with 9 minutes left in the third.