Devils survive, try to put skid behind them
Going into last night’s game against the Jets, the Devils knew a regulation loss would leave them on the outside of the playoff picture for the first time this season. But a 3-2 shootout triumph at Prudential Center kept the Devils among the top eight in the Eastern Conference and gave them some confidence moving forward, having won two of three games after losing six straight. “We talked about it and we tried to not get too far ahead of ourselves and just focus on one game and kind of forget about what happened before,” said Johan Hedberg, who had 23 saves last night. “We knew about that.” The Jets had beaten the Devils twice already this season and a regulation win would have vaulted them ahead of coach Pete DeBoer’s team in the standings. But the Devils came out firing, scoring the opening goal — for the first time in 10 games — and getting an early two-goal lead on goals by Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta. The Jets then responded with goals by Mark Stuart and Evander Kane. “It feels like a month since we’ve had the first goal in the game and we deserved it,” DeBoer said. “I think it definitely relieved some pressure and gave us an opportunity to get going and get the second one.” Patrik Elias scored the only goal in the shootout, after netting the game-winner in Thursday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres. Elias said despite blowing a 2-0 lead, there was no panic in the locker room following the second period.
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