Rapid Reaction: Sharks 4, Devils 3 (SO)
October, 21, 2011
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
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What it means: The Devils earned a point but lost in the shootout as both Michal Handzus and Ryane Clowe beat Johan Hedberg for a 4-3 win in Newark. It was the third straight shootout for the Devils, who lost yet another center to injury when Jacob Josefson suffered a broken right clavicle during the first period. The team is already without first-line center Traviz Zajac, who tore his Achilles during the offseason.
Josefson out: Josefson suffered the injury after taking a hard spill into the end boards during the first period and did not return to the game. The 20-year-old Swede was slow to get up and skated to the bench favoring his right shoulder before heading to the trainer’s room. Dainius Zubrus replaced Josefson between Ilya Kovalchuk and Nick Palmieri; Brad Mills moved up to center the third line between Mattias Tedenby and David Clarkson.
Jumbo milestone: Sharks captain Joe Thornton scored a goal in his 1,000th career game to cut the Devils’ lead in half, 2-1, with 4:42 to play in the second period. It was the first goal of the season for the former Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner, who has now amassed 307 goals and 1,003 points in 15 NHL seasons. Sharks winger Clowe followed up Thornton’s goal with his own 63 seconds later to tie the game at 2 with 3:39 to play.
Penalty shot for Parise: Devils captain Zach Parise scored on the first penalty shot of his career, faking a shot and backhanding the puck through goaltender Antti Niemi's pads 36 seconds into the second period. Parise was taken down on a shorthanded breakaway by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns.
Power-play Patrik: Sniping a beautiful cross-ice feed from Kovalchuk at 13:53 of the first, veteran Patrik Elias tied John MacLean for the franchise record with 92 power-play goals. Elias’ goal -- his second of the season and 337th of his career -- gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Boulton brawls: In his first fight as a New Jersey Devil, Eric Boulton dropped San Jose’s Douglas Murray with one punch at 7:21 of the first period. Murray swung and missed, leaving himself wide open for a monster right from Boulton that toppled him to the ice.
Mitchell report: Sharks center Torrey Mitchell did not return to the game after suffering an upper body injury in his first shift on a hit from Palmieri. Palmieri earned an illegal check to head penalty on the play, but is not expected to receive any supplementary discipline.
Up Next: Devils at Penguins, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.