Rapid Reaction: Jets 4, Devils 2
December, 3, 2011
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: The Devils have now lost a season-high four games in a row. Mark Stuart broke a 2-all tie with 6:47 remaining in the third period with a sharp-angle goal, and the Jets beat the Devils, 4-2, on Saturday night in Winnipeg. Johan Hedberg, who heard sing-song mock chants of his name all evening, made 16 saves in a losing cause for New Jersey, which dropped to 12-12-1.
TOP DOGS: Adam Henrique extended his consecutive point streak to five after firing a wrist shot from the right circle into the net in the first period. Henrique’s goal was the result of Ilya Kovalchuk drawing four defenders as he entered the zone and Zach Parise’s cross-ice pass, which Henrique buried. Kovalchuk and Parise both have points in four straight games.
POWER SURGE: The Devils’ 29th-ranked power play unit struck on a 5-on-3 in the second when Patrik Elias scored from the right circle. Prior to the goal -- his team-leading ninth of the season -- Elias had gone four straight games without a point. The Czech center now has 344 career goals, three shy of tying John MacLean for the franchise record.
SERIOUSLY? The Devils gave up their NHL-worst seventh short-handed goal of the season and fourth in their last seven games late in the second. Hedberg tried to send a pass around the left wing boards from behind the net, but Kovalchuk couldn’t handle it and Alex Burmistrov eventually ended up with a goal.
KILL! KILL!: The Devils’ top-ranked penalty killing unit hasn’t allowed a power play goal since Nov. 16 in Buffalo.
EARLY X-MAS GIFT: Travis Zajac, who has been rehabbing after having surgery on his Achilles’ tendon, is expected to play his first game of the season, before Christmas, coach Peter DeBoer told reporters before the game.
NOT GOOD: Cam Janssen was taken to the hospital for an injury. It is believed he got hurt when he took a hit in the first.
HISTORY: The last time the Devils played in Winnipeg was Dec. 29, 1995. They lost 5-3.
UP NEXT: Devils at Maple Leafs, Tuesday night, 7 p.m.