Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils got dominated by the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a sold out crowd at the Prudential Center. It was a similar showing that they had against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week.
The Devils got off to a slow start, registering only two shots in the opening 15 minutes and also conceiving a goal to the Jackets. Former New York Ranger, Artem Anisimov, opened up the scoring on a rebound at 7:34. Martin Brodeur made one of his many sensational saves before Anisimov put it home.
Another former Ranger, Brandon Dubinsky, got a breakaway right after the goal, but Brodeur was able to get his blocker on it.
The story of the night, aside from Brodeur, was the penalty kill. The Devils killed off all five power plays including a 5-on-3 for about a minute in the beginning of the third period. But the Devils managed to escape from the Jackets onslaught and managed to gain some momentum.
Adam Henrique tied the game at one with his seventh goal of the year at 5:45 in the third. Henrique was in a good position to put home a rebound from the initial Marek Zidlicky shot.
That was all for the third period and after a scoreless overtime, the Devils entered the loathed shootout. The skills competition has been the Devils worst enemy this season, losing all of them, and scoring only once. Neither of those changed tonight.
The Devils went 0-3 on attempts by Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, and Patrik Elias, while the Jackets got the game winner by Cam Atkinson in the third round.
Brodeur played a remarkable game tonight, turning away 30 shots, killing five power plays, and a two-man advantage. Most of his 30 saves were amazing, he was the sole reason why the Devils were able to come away with a point in tonight’s matchup.
The Devils will head across the Hudson river tomorrow night to the Nassau Coliseum to take on a struggling New York Islanders team.
1st Star - Adam Henrique
2nd Star - Martin Brodeur
3rd Star - Artem Anisimov