Apr 25, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg (1) passes the puck during the first period of their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Albany Devils Dominated in Bridgeport, Johan Hedberg Makes Relief Appearance

Adam Larsson and the Albany Devils were blown out on Sunday by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

In their third game in three days, the Albany Devils were defeated 7-3 by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on the road at Webster Bank Arena.

Bridgeport scored three goals in a 7:20 span to open the scoring in the first period. Raman Hrabarenka netted his 4th of the season before the end of the period to cut the Sound Tigers’ lead to 3-1.

The Sound Tigers came out firing in the second period as well and scored goals at both the 2:09 mark and 2:13 mark.  After the fifth Sound Tigers goal, Johan Hedberg replaced goaltender Scott Wedgewood.

Personally, I thought that Hedberg would make the start considering it was the Devils’ third game in as many days. Perhaps, he should have judging by Wedgewood’s 6 for 11 performance between the pipes.

Joe Whitney added his 19th goal of the season later in the second period, but at the point the game was already out of reach. Bridgeport added two goals in the third period before Hrabarenka scored his second goal of the game.

Johan Hedberg made a relief appearance in Albany's 7-3 loss Sunday in Bridgeport. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Johan Hedberg made a relief appearance in Albany’s 7-3 loss Sunday in Bridgeport. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils outshot the Sound Tigers 36-24, but that did not prove to be enough by any means. In 37:41 of ice time, Hedberg stopped 11 of 13 shots faced. It was likely his final professional hockey game.

Hopefully the next time I see him in Bridgeport, I’ll be writing him a credential like a week ago. I don’t expect to see him lacing up the skates again. It was definitely pretty cool to see him play, and if it’s his officially last professional game, congratulations on a great career.  Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a Brett Favre thing. I don’t think it will.

The Devils fell to the Hershey Bears 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in their second of four “trial” home games in New Jersey. On Saturday at their more permanent home at Times Union Center, they defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 4-1. The team is currently 26-17-3-5, which is good for 60 points and 9th place in the Eastern Conference. They are tied with the 8th place St. John’s IceCaps in points, but because of regulation victories, they are below them in the standings currently.

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