Calgary, A.B. - This horrid road trip continues with another loss tonight. The New Jersey Devils played well, but some questionable calls put the nail in the coffin and allowed the Calgary Flames the chance to take over the game.
The Devils got a 1-0 lead in the first period when Adam Henrique tapped a rebound past Flames goalie Joey MacDonald. The Devils maintained the lead for the remaining 6:02 of the first period. They were playing very well.
The Flames tied the game up at 1-1 on a power play goal by Dennis Wideman. The power play was given after a questionable penalty to Anton Volchenkov was called. Volchenkov was pushing a Flames forward away from the net and was called for interference.
Just under 11 minutes later, Dainius Zubrus regained the lead with a slap shot from the point.
Here is where the real problem occurred. It appeared that the Devils’ Michael Ryder scored a goal, but it was waived off due to goalie interference. This would be true if Ryder had either run over MacDonald or pushed the Flames defenseman into him, which neither happened. The Flames defenseman, I apologize I am not sure who it was, was tied up with Ryder skating toward the net. Ryder did not push him into the net, he was playing the puck, the defenseman simply skated into MacDonald. At least that was my opinion.
The Devils should have had a 3-1 lead, but instead they had a 2-1 lead and now a man short. The Flames capitalized on the call by scoring a power play goal with only 19 seconds left in the period.
The Devils got an ample amount of scoring chances in the third, but nothing would slip into the net. The Flames then gained the lead at 17:17, Sean Monahan was left all alone backdoor. No Devils player stepped up to prevent a pass through the slot, Monahan beat Martin Brodeur for the game winning goal.
The frustration continues for the Devils and this team cannot catch a break. Their next game is on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, in Winnipeg.