EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators are going to get to use the home-ice advantage for which they labored all season.
Phillips scored his biggest goal since Ottawa selected him with the top overall pick in the 1996 draft. He helped the Senators stave off elimination for the second straight game and sent the series back to Ottawa for the decisive contest on Friday.
The Senators are trying to become the fourth team in this year's playoffs to win a series after trailing three games to one.
"Well, we sure feel like we have the momentum, but once the puck is dropped, it's a new game," Phillips said. "It's not going to be easy. Every game in this series has been a battle, and I expect no different on Friday."
Marian Hossa, mired in a nine-game scoring drought, got a step on defenseman Scott Stevens as he moved down the right side before throwing the puck in front of the net. Alone at the top of the crease, Vaclav Varada was stopped twice by Martin Brodeur before Phillips swooped in and put the puck past the goaltender.
"Everything just kind of opened up for me," Phillips said. "I wasn't there right away, but the puck got thrown to the front of the net and it was just sitting there for a while. And I was able to just get in there and get a whack at it. I didn't even realize it went in until the other guys started celebrating."
It was his second playoff goal and first since Game Three of the conference quarterfinals - a span of 14 games.
"I gave up the rebound right to Varada and made that save. After that, I think a third guy came up and sneaked in and scored," Brodeur said. "I didn't really see where the puck was after I made the first save on Varada."
Patrick Lalime made 30 saves to help top-seeded Ottawa hand second-seeded New Jersey its first loss in nine postseason home games.
"We knew it wasn't going to be easy and they were undefeated at home," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We just wanted to make sure that we went out and gave it our best, didn't leave anything behind. And I think we did that tonight."
The Devils conceded momentum is on Ottawa's side.
"They feel high, they feel good about themselves. How can we feel good about ourselves?" Brodeur said. "The only thing we can fall back on is I felt we played decent. We deserved probably better than we got today."
"We knew they had the character, the talent and the skill to come back on us," center John Madden added. "We did squander it away. We had two opportunities to do it in their building and ours, now we have our backs against the wall. There's not much more I can say."
Lalime came up big six minutes into overtime when he got his glove on Brian Gionta's wrist shot from the slot off a 2-on-1 with Patrik Elias. Just over a minute later, New Jersey nearly won it when Jeff Friesen's deflection trickled just wide of the right goalpost.
"We were there. We were one bounce away," said Brodeur, who stopped 31 shots. "(Lalime) made some great saves, he got a little lucky."
So did Brodeur. With both teams down a man 13 1/2 minutes into the extra period, Alfredsson broke down the left side and backhanded a shot over the goalie's right shoulder and off the left post.
Ottawa had a 1-0 lead, but Joe Nieuwendyk tied it 2:41 into the third period, cashing in after missing a handful of good scoring chances in the second.
Senators defenseman Wade Redden went off for cross-checking at 1:50, giving the Devils their third power play of the game.
From behind the net, Friesen slid a pass in front that hit Ottawa defenseman Karel Rachunek and Lalime before finding Nieuwendyk, who tapped the puck past the goaltender for his third playoff goal and second of the series.
New Jersey nearly grabbed the lead on a brief power play, but Jamie Langenbrunner's shot deflected in front and hit the base of the left goalpost.
"We had plenty of opportunities. They did, too, hit a post," Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "That's the way it goes. I think we played pretty well tonight and could have had the win just as easily as they did."
The Devils went into survival mode after penalties to Langenbrunner and defenseman Brian Rafalski gave Ottawa a 17-second two-man advantage. The Senators put one shot off the right post and another off the crossbar when Hossa deflected Rachunek's wrister.
Bonk gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead on the power play with 2:11 to go in the second period, 40 seconds after New Jersey's Patrik Elias was penalized for goaltender interference.
Brodeur tried to clear the puck up the middle, but it was knocked down by Hossa. Moments later, Rachunek's pass from the right faceoff circle tipped off Hossa's skate and came to Bonk. From the bottom of the left circle, Bonk wristed a shot that appeared to hit the inside of Brodeur's left pad and caromed into the net.
It was Bonk's fifth playoff goal and the Senators' second in their last four power-play chances after starting the series with an 0-for-20 drought.
Before that, Nieuwendyk had three spectacular chances to put the Devils in front.
He intercepted a clearing attempt in the high slot but whipped a shot that missed the net with just under 14 minutes to go in the second period. On a power play six minutes later, he got a rebound and unsuccessfully tried to pick the top left corner of the net.
And with 4:17 to go in the period, Nieuwendyk broke in alone but flicked a shot off Lalime's right arm.
The Senators also had chances, but Brodeur got the tip of his left skate on Magnus Arvedson's backhander with 12:45 left, sending it just off the outside of the right goalpost.
Ottawa outshot New Jersey, 13-7, in a fast-paced but scoreless first period. The Senators also had the better scoring chances.
The best came with 8:40 to go when Bonk made a backhanded feed to the top of the crease for Varada. But Brodeur kicked out his right pad to stop the redirection.