Anaheim, C.A. - The New Jersey Devils found a way to pull off a late third period win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks entered tonight 8-0-0 at home, but that streak ended when the Devils won in overtime.
The Ducks got on the board first with a from Matt Belesky on a old school style shot, a slapper from the top of the circle that Martin Brodeur got a solid piece of.
But the Devils took the lead on a Teemu Selanne high-sticking double-minor penalty against Andy Greene. Just 45-seconds into the penalty, Marek Zidlicky knotted the game up with a slap shot from the point. Then another 1:26 later, Eric Gelinas one-timed a pass from Adam Henrique that beat goaltender Jonas Hiller over the glove.
However, the Devils fell apart in the second period, giving up a lot of odd man rushes and the lead on two power play goals from Nick Bonino and Ryan Getzlaf. There were many giveaways and the Ducks outshot the Devils 11-to-3.
The Devils had a fire lit from underneath them entering the third period. The Devils fired shots from everywhere, shooting 12 times in the period, but could not seem to find the back of the net.
After the Ducks had a stranglehold on the Devils for over a minute, but the puck went to the other side and Brodeur left the net.
The play started behind the Ducks net when Patrik Elias fed it over to Jaromir Jagr in front of Hiller. Jagr put the puck top-shelf over the glove of Hiller. The goal came at 18:59 in the third and was Jagr’s team leading eighth goal of the season.
Then the Devils entered overtime and were 0-5 in overtime this season entering tonight. However, the Devils had good fortune tonight and it carried into overtime.
The Ducks gave the Devils their first overtime win when defenseman Ben Lovejoy attempted to clear the puck out of the crease and it went off Corey Perry’s shin and went into the net. Travis Zajac would get credited with the goal.
The Devils head over to neighboring Los Angeles to face off against the Kings tomorrow night. Cory Schneider will get the start in a rematch from their 2-0 loss last Friday.
The win gave the Devils their 20th and 21st points on the season and propelled them into eighth place and into a playoff spot.
1st Star - Jaromir Jagr
2nd Star - Ryan Getzlaf
3rd Star - Dustin Penner