The New Jersey Devils traveled to Uniondale for the last time this season to meet the New York Islanders. During the game, many fans were scoreboard watching as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and Toronto Maple Leafs were all in action with the Washington Capitals losing a day game earlier today. All 4 teams came in tied at 80 points.
The Devils played an atrocious first period that saw the team only have 2 shots and goal and didn’t reach that mark until much of the period was over. The Islanders played physical and kept the puck mainly in the Devils’ zone.
The second period saw a little more action by the Devils, part of it good, part of it bad. Frans Nielsen was credited with his 23rd goal on a play that was really an own goal on Peter Harrold. Adam Henrique would later knot up the game at 1 with his 25th goal of the season.
The third period would be scoreless despite the Devils playing much better hockey this time around. The game would go through overtime and hit the shootout.
Since we all know how that ends up, the Islanders won the shootout converting twice while the Devils, shockingly, laid a goose egg. The Capitals lost to stall them at 80 points and the Toronto Maple Leafs lost their 8th straight. Detroit and Columbus now sit in the two wild card spots with 82 points and the Devils are now 5 points behind with 8 games remaining.
The Devils will be back at it on Monday at the Prudential Center to take on the Florida Panthers.