Apr. 7, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Calder Cup Playoffs: Albany Devils Shut Out 1-0

Sep 16, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (40) makes a save on New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (39) during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Albany Devils were put on the brink of defeat in this first round series of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Albany had quite a few chances at goal and just couldn’t find the back of the net. Both Keith Kinkaid and Michael Hutchinson had phenomenal games to keep Game 3 a very low-scoring one.

“[Keith] was outstanding,” Kowalsky said. “He made big save after big save. A lot of it was fighting through traffic; he had good rebound control. He did everything he could to give us a chance to win that game.”

“It’s easier to get into the game with a few shots right away,” Kinkaid said. “I felt pretty good the whole game. You just control yourself and just try to give the boys a chance to win.”

Kinkaid stopped 34 out of 35 shots but Kael Mouillierat’s goal was the one that mattered. Hutchinson stopped 24 shots in the winning effort.

The Devils had a few odd-man rushes and another couple of chances that could have easily gotten past Hutchinson but didn’t have the puck luck last night.

Other notables:
Jon Merrill: Interference in the 1st, Hooking in the 2nd, High-Sticking in the 2nd (6 PIM)
Eric Gelinas: 3 SOG
Adam Larsson: 2 SOG
Seth Helgeson: -1, 2 SOG, Hooking in the 3rd
Scott Timmins: 3 SOG

3 Stars:

1. M. Hutchinson
2. K. Kinkaid
3. K. Mouillierat

The Devils and IceCaps will play Game 4 on Friday night at 6 PM EST. The Devils must win or they are eliminated from this best-of-5 series.

 

 

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