Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils faced off against the Winnipeg Jets tonight in their season finale. The Devils lost the previous two match-ups against the Jets.
The Devils were trying to redeem themselves after coming off of a 6-3 loss in Carolina last night.
The Devils came out hot, bombarding the Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavalec with 11 shots in the first period. The Devils scored two goals within two minutes of each other in the first period. Ryan Carter opened up the scoring with a backhander past Pavalec. Then shortly after Stephen Gionta scored the second goal. Both goals were their third of the season.
The Jets got their second and final goal when Evander Kane got the puck at the blue-line and sniped it past a helpless Hedberg.
After a scoreless overtime the game had to be decided by a shootout. The Devils were 1-3 in shootouts entering tonight, but Hedberg made great saves on the Jets. Patrik Elias got the game-winning-goal to allow the Devils to get their second win in three games.
The win moved the Devils into seventh in the Eastern Conference Standings and above the New York Rangers. The Devils are only two points away from the fifth place Toronto Maple Leafs.
Henrik Tallinder still remained out of the lineup tonight. It is his third consecutive game missed due to a lower-body injury.
The captain, Bryce Salvador, returned to the lineup today after not making the trip to Carolina for last night’s game due to an upper-body injury. Salvador played very well tonight preventing the Jets from getting many opportunities to score.
The Devils next game is against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in Newark. The Devils won their first meeting of the season with a 3-0 shutout.
The Devils look to build off of this win and try to climb back up in the standings.