Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils faced off against the first place Montreal Canadiens in front of another sold out crowd at the Prudential Center tonight. The Devils had many close opportunities, but could not get anything to get past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.
The Devils played very well, but got unlucky when the Canadiens’ Colby Armstrong scored on a bad giveaway and a screen.
The Devils started to pick things up at the end of the first, but just could not find a way to score.
However, Harrold’s night went sour after he was struck in the face with a shot by Andrei Markov only 56 seconds into the third. The injury would have been a lot worse if Harrold did not wear a visor. The shot hit the visor and cause it to cut his face.
This is similar to an injury to the New York Rangers’ Marc Staal, who was recently struck in the face by a slap shot. Staal does not wear a visor, and the puck hit him directly in the eye.
The difference in injuries between the two incidents will surely push the NHL to make wearing visors mandatory to all players and officials.
Fortunately for Harrold and the Devils, he returned to the ice not too long after and seemed normal.
The Devils had a lot of time left to tie it, but had no success.
There were many chances for the Devils, including a short-handed opportunity that resulted in Ilya Kovalchuk ringing a shot off of the post.
The loss is the first in regulation in four games for the Devils, but also moves them down to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
The Devils return to the ice on Tuesday against their arch-rival Rangers, at the Prudential Center.