Shootout Success for Devils in 2-1 victory over Flames
New York, NY - For the first time in this 2010-11 season the New Jersey Devils (7-13-2) were able to win consecutive games as they were able to tally a 2-1 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames (8-11-2) in hockey action on Wednesday night.
David Clarkson was able to net the first goal for New Jersey by striking at the 13:06 mark of the first period. Calgary eventually found an answer at the 1:18 mark in the third period as Rene Bourque was able to tip-in the game-tying goal.
As the two teams skated into the overtime frame neither team was able to find an answer and would need the shootout frame to decide the victor.
Calgary skated first with Niklas Hagman let off a shot that was saved by keeper Johan Hedberg. New Jersey responded by sending out sniper Ilya Kovalchuk who netted the puck to give the Devils the advantage. Alex Tanguay had his turn for Calgary but missed the net. The Devils responded with Mattias Tedenby, but he also missed the net as well.
For Calgary their last hope of a victory was on the stick of Brendan Morrison who took a shot that was saved by Hedberg, as the Devils skated away with the 2-1 victory. Hedberg finished the night with 25 saves in the cage for the Devils, while on the other side of the ice Henrik Karlsson made 20 saves in the cage for Calgary.
Up next for the Devils will be the regular season renewal of the Metropolitan rivalry with the New York Islanders on Friday at 1:00 p.m. on Long Island. It will be an interesting test for the Devils who at one point in time were struggling themselves. For the Islanders they just lost their 14th straight game, in a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.
Improvements have been made too both squads and maybe for the fans of the Islanders all they would need is the renewal of this great Metropolitan rivalry to snap the streak. For Devils fans they hope to keep the streak alive while also winning three consecutive games for the first time this season.