Vancouver, B.C. - The match-ups of Cory Schneider vs Roberto Luongo and Peter DeBoer vs John Tortorella came to an end in one way too familiar fashion for the Devils. The game went into overtime for the third straight game for the Devils, but at least it was finished in overtime.
The Devils struck first late in the first period when Jaromir Jagr deflected a pass by Patrik Elias to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 18:52.
Coming out strong in the second period, the Devils extended their lead to two goals with Elias’ second goal of the season. But that lead did not last long. Less than a minute and thirty seconds later, the Canucks pulled within one on Daniel Sedin’s second goal of the year.
Five minutes later the Canucks tied the game after Alexander Edler was set up beautifully by the Sedin twins. The Canucks defenseman just beat Schneider over the blocker.
Schneider kept the Devils in the game with some brilliant saves, including a breakaway late in the second that would have given Vancouver the lead.
After the scoreless third period, the Devils went into their third straight overtime game. Sure they obtained a point, but they have to start winning in regulation. The Devils went on to lose 2:18 into the overtime period off of a shot from Jason Garrison.
The goal was easily preventable. Bryce Salvador was not only screening Schneider, but he failed to move Canucks forward Mike Santorelli out of the way. Schneider did not see the puck at all and he is not the one to blame for this loss.
The Devils get a few days off before their next game against the Calgary Flames on friday. This game will be a must-win for the Devils, they cannot afford to drop their first five games of the season. It is not acceptable for the talent that the Devils have.
1st Star - Daniel Sedin
2nd Star - Jaromir Jagr
3rd Star - Jason Garrison