Devils Caught in a Storm in 4-1 Loss to Toronto
New York, NY- On the night that the New York City area was hit with its hardest storm the New Jersey Devils (9-24-2) were caught in a storm of goals, in their 4-1 loss to Toronto (13-17-4) on Sunday night hockey action.
Toronto was led by Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg, who both had two points each. Armstrong had two goals in the game, while Versteeg had two assists in the flurry of offense for the Maple Leafs.
Armstrong (2) would begin the night for the Maple Leafs recording the first of his points at the 13:50 mark of the first period. The winger would net a 34 foot snap shot , which was assisted by Kris Versteeg (12) to help Toronto get the early 1-0 lead.
New Jersey would get fired up at the 4:59 mark of the second period of play as Ilya Kovalchuk and Dion Phaneuf , dropped gloves and exchanged fists. Phaneuf slashed Kovalchuk with a high stick and the sniper took offense and decided to defend himself by fighting. The two exchanged good blows before being taken down to the ice.
That fire was not enough for the Devils defense to keep Toronto off the board as the Maple Leafs banged home their second goal of the game at the 8:45 mark, when John Mitchell (2) banged home a seven foot wrist shot to make the score 2-0.
Versteeg (13), who earned the assist, made some pretty moves with the puck to get the puck into the Devils zone and into the cage of New Jersey and tried for a shot. Mitchell was able to quickly grab the rebounded shot to give Toronto the lead.
Toronto struck for the second time in the game when Nikolai Kulemin (12) tallied a 30 foot wrister at the 17:23 mark of the second period, which was assisted by Clarke MacArthur (18) to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Maple Leafs.
New Jersey would try a change in strategy as they would make a change in the cage as Johan Hedberg came in to replace Martin Brodeur. Brodeur would finish the night with 11 saves.
The Devils offense would finally strike for their first goal when Rod Pelley (1) would cut into the Maple Leaf lead at the 12:27 mark of the third period . Pelly would cash in on a Devil power play opportunity, recording a 32 foot snap shot to make the score 3-1 in favor of Toronto.
Colby Armstrong (3) would put the icing on the victory, as well as recording his second point of the game. The Winger would tally a 26 foot wrist shot at the 16:47 mark netting for the eventual 4-1 victory.
Hedberg would finish his limited time in the cage with seven saves for the Devils, while Jonas Gustavsson finished with 29 saves in the cage for Toronto.
New Jersey will now have two days off before hosting their Eastern Conference Rival New York Rangers for a 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night face-off.