On Thursday night, against the Jets at home, the Devils game went to a shootout. On the suggestion of Jaromir Jagr, Devils coach Pete DeBoer put rarely-used Jacob Josefson in the lineup. Josefson went on to score the lone goal in the shootout.
“He’s been really good in the shootout in practice,” DeBoer said of Josefson. “Patrik keeps bringing up his name and said that he has a knack of scoring in practice. He threw Jo’s name up there, saying Jo’s been good.”
This was the first shootout win for the Devils since March 2013, also against Winnipeg, according to the Associated Press.
“It was our first shootout win in what seems like 10 years,” DeBoer said. “It was big for us. To say that it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders would be an understatement.
“We felt that if we could tie it, we had a chance. I’m always confident in our players. I knew we were going to win shootouts this year. I’m always trying to instill confidence in this group.”
Recap: The Devils (5-3-2) beat the Jets in a shootout on Thursday night at the Prudential Center.
Need to Know: Winnipeg broke through first, when Blake Wheeler beat Cory Schneider to give the Jets a 1-0 lead at the 6:56 mark of the first period.
On the penalty kill for nearly half of the second period, the Devils strengthened to hold Winnipeg off the board. However, the Devils were unable to notch a goal of their own as the game headed to the third with the Jets still up 1-0.
During a delayed penalty with 3:27 left in the third, Michael Ryder (assisted by Jon Merrill) put one past Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game 1-1.
After a scoreless overtime period, the game headed to a shootout, where Jacob Josefson scored the only goal to lift the Devils to the win.
The Devils had lost 18 straight shootouts dating back to March of 2013 before Thursday’s victory.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils host the Blue Jackets on Saturday night at 7:00.
Result: The Penguins rallied from a 3-1 deficit early in the second period to score seven unanswered goals Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Need to know:The last time the Devils gave up eight goals was Oct. 21, 2006, at Ottawa in an 8-1 loss.
Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored two of Pittsburgh’s four second-period goals.
The Devils’ Cory Schneider stopped 18 of 23 shots through two periods before Scott Clemmensen relieved him in the third, making 10 saves on 13 shots.
Pittsburgh was 3-for-7 on the power play, the Devils 0-for-3.
Dainius Zubrus scored nine seconds into the game for New Jersey, which has only won once in six tries on the road.
Links: AP recap | Box score | Gameview
Next up: The Devils return home Thursday to face Winnipeg (7 p.m.).
Jaromir Jagr is 42-years-old, but feels the best he’s been in years.
“The scoring doesn’t show, but I feel the best I’ve felt in probably the last 10 years,” Jagr said (Devils.com, Oct. 27). “I don’t worry about it. I try to play hard every shift. I think I have more confidence. Hopefully my luck is going to turn the right way and it did today. Even if the scoring is not there, that’s OK.”
Jagr has four points over his last four games.
Result: Jaromir Jagr scored in overtime to lift the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Senators.
Need to know: Jagr’s goal early in overtime was the difference as the Devils held off the Senators. David Severson and Marek Zidlicky also scored for the Devils. The Devils’ Cory Schneider made 33 saves.
Links: Box score | Gameview
Next up: New Jersey is at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Result: The Devils’ losing streak reached four Friday after they failed to win in a shootout for the 18th time in a row, a streak dating to March 15, 2013. They were 0-for-13 last season.
Need to know: The Devils’ Michael Cammalleri and Jaromir Jagr missed in the shootout, while Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn coverted for Dallas.
Damien Brunner, who tied the score at 2 with 11:42 remaining in the third, was the first star. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (25 saves) was the second star. Cory Schneider had 35 saves for the Devils, who were outshot 37-27.
Brunner’s goal stood after a review that appeared to show a hand pass by Patrick Elias, who got an assist. But hand passes are not reviewable; the call has to be made by an on-ice official (Record, Oct. 24).
The Devils honored longtime color commentator Chico Resch, who retired after 17 years in the role last April. Doc Emerick, Resch’s partner for the first 14 years, MC’d the pregame ceremonies and the two teamed up in the broadcast booth for a few minutes. Martin Brodeur was cheered and Zach Parise booed when they appeared on the video board to congratulate Resch.
Links: Box | Gameview
Next up: The Devils visit Ottawa Saturday night at 7 p.m. It will be an emotional night at the Canadian Tire Centre as the team will honor Nathan Cirillo, the solider killed in Wednesday’s shootings in the Canadian capital. The Senators have asked fans to wear red.
At home, the Devils are 0-2 in their first two games. On the road, they’re 3-1 in the short season so far.
The team is in danger of losing three straight games at home when they play Dallas on Saturday. New Jersey last dropped its first three home games in 2010-11 during a franchise-worst 0-5-2 start, according to the Associated Press. After Dallas, the Devils will then play on the road for two games, before coming home against Winnipeg on October 30.
The Devils are 7-0-1 in their last eight home games against Dallas, winning the past two, and have taken three consecutive overall matchups. The Stars last regulation win in New Jersey was a 3-2 triumph back on March 15, 2000.