Newark, NJ - The talk entering tonight’s game was whether or not New Jersey Devils fans would boo former captain Zach Parise. They gave their answer during warm-ups.
There were only a few boo’s when Parise went on the ice for the first time in a visitors uniform; however, there was a sign along the glass with “Zach, You Suck!” written across it.
To say the least, Devils fans were still salty from his departure in the Summer of 2012. They booed every time he touched the puck from start to finish. They also cheered extremely loud when he took an early penalty.
The Devils opened the scoring at 16:58 on Michael Ryder’s goal, finally ending his scoreless drought of over 20-games.
The Devils failed to score on a 5-minute major penalty assessed to Nate Prosser for elbowing Tim Sestito at the end of the first period.
Mark Fayne capitalized on a short-handed opportunity during the second period to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. His shot beat Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov blocker side.
But the Wild started to claw back, when Parise scored 21-seconds into the third period when Ryan Suter’s shot hit off of him and fell into the net.
Three minutes later Jaromir Jagr extended the lead to 3-1 on a power play goal. But the problem is that the Devils have not won a game by two goals this season.
Sure enough, the Wild scored goals at 10:36 and 15:28 from Mikael Granlund and Matt Cooke. The Devils had blown yet another lead and now enter overtime. The joke around the arena was that Parise would net the game winner in a shootout, the part of the game he left the Devils in shambles.
But that was not the case. Andy Greene netted the game-winning-goal two-minutes into overtime after a centering try from Patrik Elias found his stick.
The Devils will stay home to take on the New York Rangers for the final time this season. This is another must win game for the Devils, as are the remaining 11-games.