Devils Fight Back

Archived from 2000-01 season.

2001 Playoffs

Colorado vs. New Jersey

The New Jersey Devils regained their physical style and beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 to tie the Stanley Cup finals one game apiece.

Devils' stars were missing in action again, but unlikely heroes Bob Corkum and Turner Stevenson each scored to give New Jersey home-ice advantage.

"We've got to come out in Game 3 the same way we came out tonight," Devils defenseman Scott Stevens said. "We needed a big effort from everybody and we got it. You expect the usual goal scorers to score, but two unlikely guys scored."

Joe Sakic gave the Avs 1-0 lead in the first period and for a while it look like the Devils were in deep trouble. Successive penalty kills and Corkum's goal one second after third Colorado power play expired turned the tide for New Jersey.

"We just weren't sharp out there," Sakic said. "After they got the lead, they just shut it down. We didn't generate enough offense out there."

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was back in shape after giving up five goals in Game 1. Brodeur made key saves in the third period when the Avs were pressing hard.

The series shifts to New Jersey for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Saturday.

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