The New Jersey Devils (27-35-13) drop their third straight game and split the season series with the Dallas Stars (31-33-11) as they fall in overtime. Tyler Seguin had the overtime winner just 20 seconds in, a power play goal and his 25th of the season. The Devils had a 1-0 lead heading into the third but were unable to build on it and protect it. Blake Coleman scored his first career NHL goal to get New Jersey on the board, and as an added bonus, it was against his hometown town (he was born in Plano, Texas). Ales Hemsky tied things up in the third with a power play goal (Adam Henrique went off for tripping) and that’s that.
The shot total was 32-21 in favor of the Stars and the score could have, and should have, been much more lopsided than it was but Keith Kinkaid stood on his head, made some huge saves, and kept his team in the game the entire night. He stopped 30 of 32 shots against, posting a .938 save percentage, and would have gotten the win if he had goal support. Kari Lehtonen also had an excellent night, stopping 20 of 21 shots (.952 save %).
Coleman had a few good chances as did rookies Miles Wood and Blake Pietila. They had a total of five shots on goal, and Pietila was 100% in the faceoff circle. Damon Severson had himself quite the physical night; he was more aggressive than he usually is and even got into a scrap with Curtis McKenzie. Steven Santini was also pretty aggressive tonight, totaling five hits. He did get called for slashing with 54 seconds left in regulation, a power play for Dallas that carried into overtime and allowed them to score. It was a simple mistake and he’s learning, it happens.
Captain Andy Greene did skate in his 700th NHL game, all of them with the Devils. His first NHL game was actually against the Atlanta Thrashers, who had Lehtonen in net that night.
The Devils only managed 21 shots on goal and no one had more than three (Wood, Santini, and Taylor Hall).
The Stars took advantage of their power play opportunities, scoring on half of them (2/4) while the Devils did not have a single opportunity tonight. Hemsky’s goal was unfortunate in the sense that Kinkaid would have stopped it had he not been screened by his own team (which seems to be a recurring theme this season, unfortunately).
But all in all, they played well in a game that was essentially meaningless against a team that’s been hot recently. New Jersey will be back in action Tuesday night in their rescheduled game against Winnipeg; puck drops at 7PM.