The New Jersey Devils lost a tough one to close out a 5-game homestand.
It was a tale of two periods when it came to the first two periods of this game.
The Devils came out looking lost in the first period and were on the PK for a good portion of the period due to some questionable penalty calls. The Devils found themselves in trouble very quickly when Kyle Chipchura caught Martin Brodeur flailing and beat him through his 5-hole on a sharp angle shot. His fourth of the season was assisted by Lauri Koriposki and Chris Summers.
Things started to look bleak in the 2nd period when the Coyotes extended the lead to 2-0 on Summers’ 2nd goal of the season. Chipchura and Radim Vrbata registered the assists. The goal was especially deflating because the Devils were playing much better hockey at this point and weren’t finding the back of the net. That ended with 0.3 seconds remaining in the 2nd period as Merrill fed one in front of the net that hit Clowe and went in just before the buzzer sounded.
The Devils would continue the strong form into the third as they tied the game with under 10 minutes left to tie up the game. Henrique continued his hot form with his 24th of the season.
The game would hit OT and eventually go to the shootout as the Devils are now 0-9 and 1 for 28 in the shootout.
It’s status quo as the Devils outplayed the other team and then come up short in the skills competition. With 9 points left on the table, it could certainly be the difference of being in the playoffs.
Brodeur had a bad goal in the beginning but turned it around to save 25 of 27 shots. Thomas Greiss saved 26 of 28 including a pretty nifty move by Damien Brunner in the shootout.
The Devils will be back at it on Saturday as they take on the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.