Rapid Reaction: Devils 5, Senators 4 (SO)
December, 8, 2011
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Wow! What a game. First, the Devils were doomed. Then, they had a sure win. And then, they didn't. But they stuck with it. Adam Henrique scored the game-winning goal in the shootout -- his first-ever shootout goal -- and the Devils improved to 6-1 on the season in the skills competition, beating the Senators, 5-4, at the Prudential Center. Zach Parise and Patrik Elias also scored in the shootout. New Jersey (14-12-1) has now won two straight games after losing a season-high four in a row. The Devils trailed 3-0, then scored four unanswered goals -- including three in a span of 6:46 in the third -- to take the lead, only to see it blown with 3.5 seconds left when Jesse Winchester tied it.
GOALIE CONTROVERSY? Martin Brodeur was pulled before the start of the second period after allowing two rebound goals in the opening frame on nine shots. Backup Johan Hedberg played the rest of the way. Brodeur has now been lifted in two of his last three starts. He got the hook on Dec. 2 in Minnesota after surrendering three goals on four shots in 8:17. The 39-year-old has struggled all season. You have to wonder what’s going to come of all this.
IT’S OVER! The Devils became the last NHL team to give up a power-play goal at home this season when Daniel Alfredsson scored at 9:41 of the second. The Devils had killed off their first 40 penalties at home -- and last 36 overall -- prior to the goal.
BOMBS AWAY: Parise got the Devils on the board with his third short-handed goal of the season at 14:59 of the second. Parise extended his scoring streak to six straight games after one-timing a shot from the right circle off a pass from Henrique. Henrique has a seven-game scoring streak.
ZUUUUBES: Dainius Zubrus got the Devils’ second short-handed marker of the evening at 2:59 of the third. He went top-shelf on the breakaway after receiving a pass from Elias.
FINALLY! Mattias Tedenby got his first goal of the season to tie the game at 3 at 9:08 of the third. The left winger drove the net and David Clarkson's shot caromed off Tedenby’s uniform and in.
KOVY: Ilya Kovalchuk gave the Devils their first lead 37 seconds after Tedenby’s tally. Parise fed the Russian sniper for a snapper from the doorstep. Kovalchuk now has points in his last six games, and goals in four of his last five.
BAD NEWS: During the first intermission it was announced that defenseman Andy Greene will miss the next month with a non-displaced toe fracture. Seventh blueliner Mark Fraser started in Greene’s place on Thursday night, and will likely do so until Greene returns.
UP NEXT: Devils vs. Canadiens, Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m.