Los Angeles, C.A. - The New Jersey Devils got a chance at vengeance for last Friday’s 2-0 shutout loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.
The Devils started the game off poorly, only shooting twice in the first period and getting completely dominated by the Kings who had 14 shots.
Cory Schneider stood on his head tonight, making save, after save, after save for the Devils, and it seemed like they were not going to give him the support he needed to get his second win of the season.
Scoreless through the second period, the Devils only gathered three more shots, while the Kings piled on another 13. Schneider once again bailed out the Devils and their lack of offensive production.
At this point, it was the Devils, aside from Schneider, worst performance of the season, but the game changed drastically in the third period.
However, the Kings answered right back with a goal of their own 1:05 later. Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams had a 2-on-1 rush when Kopitar’s shot squeaked through Schneider’s armpit and Williams tapped it past the line. Regardless if Williams touched it or not, the puck was rolling in, but Williams made sure it was in there.
The Kings kept their attack strong and the Devils scratched their way to overtime. Obtaining a point from the Kings in a poorly played game seemed like a godsend, but coming away with both was unfathomable.
But the ageless wonder, Jaromir Jagr, found a way to make that a reality after serving a penalty for holding against Dustin Brown, who coincidentally took a diving penalty on the play.
After a very exciting two minutes of 3-on-3 hockey, where both teams got an ample supply of scoring chances, Jagr came out of the penalty box and received a pass from Marek Zidlicky.
Just 13 seconds after the penalty ended, Jagr put home the game winning goal, and shocked the Kings for the teams third straight win.
The Devils maintained their eighth spot in the conference, one point ahead of the New York Rangers, who won tonight, and two points behind the second place team in the Metropolitan, the Washington Capitals.
The Devils have a day off before playing the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
Jaromir Jagr reached some milestones tonight with his OT goal. It was his 690th career goal, tying Mario Lemieux for ninth on the NHL all time goals list.
Also, it was Jagr’s 121st game winning goal, tying Gordy Howe’s record, which will undoubtably be snapped soon.
1st Star - Cory Schneider
2nd Star - Anze Kopitar
3rd Star - Matt Frattin ..? (Jagr gets my vote)