Devils winger recaptures scoring touch

Updated: June 6, 2003, 11:02 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Jamie Langenbrunner hadn't done much through four games of the Stanley Cup finals, but the Devils right winger couldn't have timed his first two goals of the series any better Thursday night in New Jersey's 6-3 Game 5 victory over Anaheim. With his team protecting a one-goal lead, Langenbrunner iced the game in the third period by scoring New Jersey's fifth and sixth goals to push the Devils one victory away from their third Stanley Cup in nine years. He now has a playoff-high 11 goals and he leads the points race with 18 to jump back into consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

"I've been able to find a few bounces. Why? I don't know. It's just my time, I guess," Langenbrunner told reporters after Game 5. "Sometimes it goes in. Sometimes it doesn't. Right now I just feel confident. I feel like I'm eventually going to score even when it's not going well."

Good timing has been Langenbrunner's forte in these playoffs. Although he hadn't scored since netting two goals against Ottawa in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, those goals keyed New Jersey's comeback from a 1-0 deficit and put the Devils in position for Jeff Friesen's winning goal in their 3-2 victory. Langenbrunner has four game-winning goals in the postseason.