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NHL: New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)

  |   Nov. 21, 2003 at 10:43 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Patrick Elias scored two goals Friday night, including the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime, as New Jersey downed Pittsburgh, 2-1.

The Devils stretched their unbeaten streak to 11 games.

Defenseman Brian Rafalski intercepted a pass in his own zone and quickly dished to Elias, who broke out on a one on one. The Devils' leading scorer each of the last four seasons unleashed a wrist shot from the high slot that beat rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the left side.

Elias gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead 3:45 into the game and Martin Brodeur made it stand until Penguins defenseman Dick Tarnstrom converted a cross-crease pass from Aleksey Morozov for a power-play tally with 27 seconds left in the third.

Brodeur finished with 18 saves while Fleury, who also was on the short end of a 2-1 decision against the Devils on Oct. 24, turned aside 31.

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