Nashville, TN - The New Jersey Devils found themselves in a very similar situation as they did in Dallas Thursday night, seeing a lead vanish in the dwindling seconds of the third period. This time, Nashville Predators forward David Legwand scored with 10-seconds left to send the game to overtime.
The Devils played a very solid game for about 59-minutes. The final minute was tough to watch, just like last night, there was an eerie feeling that they were going to let up the lead. Sure enough they did.
In the overtime period the Devils came within inches of winning the game on a Michael Ryder failed breakaway attempt. Ryder decided to pull the puck to his backhand instead of a wrist shot to beat Predators goaltender Carter Hutton.
Right off the next face-off the Predators broke out on a two-on-two, allowing Shea Weber to score his second goal of the night and the game winner.
The Devils got both of their goals from the Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, and Travis Zajac line. Elias scored the first and Jagr scored six minutes later.
But the two goals were not enough to win for the Devils, but it is all okay because they got one point, right? Wrong. They cannot afford to lose valuable points like these. In a playoff race this tight, every game is important.
The Devils head back to the Prudential Center Monday night to take on the Colorado Avalanche for the series finale. The Devils lost in a shootout in the first game against the Avalanche on January 16th.