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Brunner Injures Knee In Devils 3-2 OT Loss To Ducks

Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils took on the Anaheim Ducks for the second and final time this season. The game was hard fought, but the Devils could not close it out in overtime.

The Devils had a huge amount of offensive chances including hitting the crossbar twice in the first period, and Travis Zajac missing a wide open net in the third period.

The Devils got on the board first with a goal right off of the face off by Michael Ryder. Ryder received a pass from Adam Henrique in the slot and roofed it over the shoulder of Jonas Hiller.

Dec 20, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) scores a goal on Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Ducks defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks scored two unanswered goals with a slap shot from Cam Fowler and a snap shot from Mathieu Perreault to give them a 2-1 advantage halfway through the third period.

The Devils answered back four minutes later on a power play. At 14:58 in the third, Jaromir Jagr made a beautiful feed to Andy Greene for the easy tying goal.

The game went into overtime giving both teams a point, which the Devils needed, especially against the number-two team in the NHL.

New Jersey native Kyle Palmieri scored the game-winning-goal for the Ducks on a wraparound that went off of Jon Merril’s stick and hit the roof of the net.

During the first period, Damien Brunner took a hit from Mark Fistric. The hit was knee-on-knee and Brunner had to be helped off of the ice while putting no pressure on his right foot. Coach Pete DeBoer did not think the hit was dirty, but it looked like Fistric stuck his knee out at Brunner.

The best-case scenario for Brunner is just a bruised thigh, worst-case is that he tore a ligament in his knee and is out for the rest of the season.

Next up is a stop in Chicago.  If you’re in the area, Devils vs. Blackhawks tickets remain available for what should be a very exciting game.

Topics: Damien Brunner, Devils, New Jersey Devils, NHL

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