The New Jersey Devils finished up their season against the Edmonton Oilers with an exact 4 month break between the two games. The Devils collapsed against the Oilers in Edmonton on October 7th and lost in a shootout, 5-4.
Tonight, the Devils came out on top in the overtime period on Jon Merrill’s first NHL goal. The Devils came away with a very important 2 points with the rest of the top teams in the wild card and divisional races winning their games.
Andrei Loktionov started off the scoring with his 4th goal of the season at 11:01 of the first period to give the Devils the early lead. In typical Devils fashion, the lead was quickly relinquished at 11:30 of the first period on Taylor Hall’s 20th goal of the season.
It seemed like the Devils would continue to get the short end of the stick with multiple ringing posts and dying pucks at the goal line.
Luckily, 2:34 into the OT period, Jon Merrill scored the winning goal and captured first star of the game.
Cory Schneider captured second star with a 19-save effort and posted a .950 save percentage.
Ilya Bryzgalov received the loss but posted a 3rd-star effort. He had 22 saves and posted a .917 save percentage.
The Devils (24-21-13) will go back at it tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals in a gigantic Metropolitan Division matchup with big implications in the division and wild card races. The game will start at 8 PM at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The Devils are currently tied with the Capitals for 5th in both the Metropolitan Division and Wild Card race with the Carolina Hurricanes at 61 points.