Tonight, the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks finished off their season series at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The Devils came out packing heat and had a beautiful triple pass sequence that ended with Patrik Elias knocking in his 3rd goal of the season to give the Devils a 1-0 lead about 5 minutes in the game.
The Canucks would then get a parting gift from Cory Schneider who misplayed the puck fairly poorly and it set up an immediate equalizer at 1.
The Devils would then get retribution with a powerplay goal that would mark their 4th straight game with a powerplay goal. Eric Gelinas got the goal that deflected off a Canuck defenseman and really had a great all-around game to prove that he is here to stay.
In the second period off a dump, Daniel Sedin absolutely ripped off a shot that just snuck under Schneider’s right pad to tie up the game at 2.
The third period was pretty much owned by the Devils and they had most of the shots and the scoring opportunities but the game would go back into overtime once again.
The first game between the two would go into OT with the Canucks coming out on top.
Both teams had great chances in the overtime period with the Devils nearly coming out on top halfway through and the Canucks ripping off slapshots moments before.
The game would then go into a shootout where the Devils have faltered so much lately. It’s a fitting finale for the Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider battle for the year.
Santorelli pulled off a great shot past Schneider. Travis Zajac missed. Daniel Sedin was rejected. Adam Henrique torches Luongo but pings it off the post. Alex Edler shoots wide. Now up to Patrik Elias. Luongo stops it and the Devils lose another shootout.
That was live typed as it was happening if you couldn’t tell.
The Devils are now 0-3 in the shootout and just have no puck luck whatsoever in the shootout. My opinion has greatly changed with the shootout but that is an article and topic for another day.
Eric Gelinas played very well and I don’t think he made a single bad play the entire game and even scored his first career NHL goal.
The only way I see him sitting on Saturday is if they want to give Peter Harrold one more shot before they think about sending him down.
The Devils played superior tonight but once again get smoked out by the shootout. There is plenty of good to take away from this game including the improving powerplay. Moral victories can only get you so far, and everyone’s patience is starting to wear very thin.
Maybe it’s time to test my theory of the Devils winning when I don’t watch. They are 1-0-0 so far when I don’t watch.
Hang in there Devils Army!