Nov 8, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson (71) battles with New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Strong Game, Devils Fall Short In Shootout


Toronto, ON - The New Jersey Devils took on the Toronto Maple Leafs and former Devil David Clarkson for the first time this season in an exciting game.

The Devils played very well in all aspects of the game, only allowing one goal and taking 35-shots on Jonathan Bernier.

The score does not reflect how exciting this game was to watch, the game went back-and-forth with scoring chances, but it seemed impossible to find the net.

Nov 8, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (81) scores on New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated New Jersey 2-1 in an overtime shoot out. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Leafs opened up the scoring with a power play goal by Phil Kessel at 8:12 in the third period. Kessel skated right through the Devils to put it through the five-hole of Cory Schneider.

But the Devils came right back with a lucky goal seven minutes later. Michael Ryder was just trying to put the puck in front, Bernier attempted to slap the puck away when it ramped up his stick and over his shoulder for the goal.

Bernier robbed the Devils plenty of times in this game, but that was the one that got away and brought the Devils back.

Schneider gave the Devils a great opportunity to win, especially after he robbed a Kessel one-timer on a three-on-one late in overtime.

However, the Devils shootout struggles continue, going 0-3 tonight and now scoreless in all four skill competitions they have been in.

On the bright side, the Devils escaped Toronto with a point, but this team needs to start taking both points in games on a consistent basis.

The Devils head home for the next 11 days and play their next game on Sunday at the Prudential Center against the Nashville Predators.

1st Star - Phil Kessel
2nd Star - Jonathan Bernier
3rd Star - Cory Schneider

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