The New Jersey Devils fell to theToronto Maple Leafs 4-2, extending their winless streak to five games. Although they outshot the Maple Leafs 30-23, the Devils did not earn any points in the standings.
It was all Devils in the first twenty minutes, except on the scoreboard. The Devils dominated, but Toronto led 1-0 at the first period intermission. Nazem Kadri scored his ninth goal of the season after the puck deflected off of Johan Hedberg. In short, it was a soft goal that Hedberg stops nine times out of ten.
Marek Zidlicky stole the show in the second period at Air Canada Centre. Zidlicky netted his second goal of the season 5:43 into the period before adding another at the 8:42 mark of the second. Ryan Carter had the lone assist on both of Zidlicky’s second period goals as the Devils led 2-1 after two periods.
The Maple Leafs did not waste any time in tying the game at two. Jay McClement registered his third goal of the year after having the puck deflect off of the right post and the back of Johan Hedberg only 38 seconds into the third period. Clarke MacArthur then gave Toronto the lead burying a rebound after excellent stick work eight seconds into an Andrei Loktionov hooking minor penalty. After Patrik Elias‘ golden opportunity to tie the game was stopped by James Reimer, the Maple Leafs extended their lead to 4-2. Phil Kessel collected his fifth goal of the season on a two on one pass from James Van Riemsdyk. That was all the Maple Leafs needed, even though the Devils put up a fight in the final five minutes of the game.
The Devils fall to 10-6-6 and remain in second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Maple Leafs improve to 14-9-0 and move into a tie for third place in the Northeast Division with the Ottawa Senators. The Devils will host the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lead the National Hockey League in scoring, tomorrow night at 7:00 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The Devils desperately need a victory and the two points tomorrow night.