There will be more “moose” calls among New Jersey Devils fans in the near future. Although the New Jersey Devils lost last night to the Boston Bruins 2-1 in a shootout at the TD Garden, Johan Hedberg was stellar in goal.
Hedberg made 27 saves and stopped four of the six Bruin shootout attempts in his first action of the season for the New Jersey Devils. He was perfect through two periods, and the Devils led 1-0 late in the game. However, Nathan Horton lit the lamp breaking Hedberg’s shutout and tied the game at 1. In the shootout Hedberg was beaten by Tyler Seguin in the first round, but then made four consecutive stops giving the Devils’ shooters an opportunity to win the game. Johan was beaten five-hole by Brad Marchand in the sixth round of the shootout, and Marek Zidlicky failed to score, giving the Bruins their fifth win of the season.
Hedberg made big save after big save down the stretch to extend the game all the way to a six round shootout. He made a huge save sprawling across his crease one minute into overtime on David Krejci. Later, in the third round of the shootout he made a nifty poke check save on the Bruins’ lone goal scorer, Nathan Horton.
In a condensed NHL season with more games being played over a shorter period of time, Johan Hedberg will be called to mind the Devils’ net more often than in the past. Martin Brodeur is also another year older at 40 years old.
As the Devils play three games in four days starting on Thursday, expect Hedberg to make his second start of the season on either Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins or Sunday against the New York Islanders.