It was a
long night for the Devils as they traveled west to San Jose and fell to the Sharks
3-2 in overtime at the SAP Center.
an assist to Nikita Gusev’s goal on Tuesday at Detroit. I neglected to mention that
Mirco Mueller had the secondary assist on that tally. My mistake.
regarding that game at the Red Wings, John Hayden was fined the maximum amount allowed
by the Player’s Association under the collective bargaining agreement, $2,016.13.
The amount was assessed based on his salary and the severity of the offense. The
offense was for the cross-check to the face of Tyler Bertuzzi.
news, Josh Jacobs was recalled from AHL Binghamton. He was a scratch today
along with Will Butcher, who remains injured. The reason for the callup was
because the team needed seven defensemen with the uncertainty of how long Butcher
will be out.
made the start for the Devils, making his first back-to-back appearance since
October 12 and 14, 2019. This was also Schneider’s 300th start as a
Devil, as per Steve Cangialosi of MSG Network. Congratulations to Cory on that
milestone, as it moves him into second place all-time on the Devils’ list
behind Martin Brodeur.
27 of the 30 shots he saw from the Sharks for a .900 save percentage. Facing
him for San Jose was Martin Jones, who stopped 22 of the 24 shots he saw for a
.917 save percentage.
teams, the Devils went 0-for-4 with four shots. San Jose was 0-for-3 with five
shots on goal. The Sharks also had a shorthanded shot, one on which they scored
as we will see. It was a much more toned-down game than the Detroit game in terms
of intensity as nothing got too out of hand.
were in their alternate black uniforms for this late-night (at least here on the
East Coast) tilt.
The Devils got
on the board first, scoring 11:05 into the first period when Miles Wood cut in
on the Sharks’ net and the puck was loose in front of Jones. Travis Zajac took
a few whacks at the puck and, eventually, put it in. Joey Anderson had the
secondary assist to help make it 1-0 Devils. This goal was Zajac’s first since
doubled their lead 3:59 later when Gusev scored unassisted. The Devils came in
on the forecheck and Pavel Zacha dug the puck out, helping to set up the goal.
Gusev got it and skated to the front of the net. He waited with the puck all
alone, waiting until he opened up Jones. He then scored five-hole to make it
2-0. Although Zacha did not get an assist, it was his forechecking that helped
to create the goal, which was a thing of beauty from Gusev.
Later in the
period, there was a 4-on-4 for about 1:53. During the 4-on-4, defenseman Dakota
Mermis made a great play. San Jose’s Brent Burns had an entire half of the
Devils net to shoot at and Mermis spun around as the Sharks cut in on the 2-on-1.
He batted the shot by Burns out of the air and away from danger as he was doing
so to stop a sure goal. A nice defensive play that saved the Devils’ bacon
Sharks would come roaring back in the second period. It began just 2:20 in when
Mario Ferraro scored. It was on a delayed penalty against the Devils and the Sharks
got the extra attacker on the ice. Noah Gregor and Evander Kane worked the puck
to Ferraro at the point. He then shot through a couple of screens and beat
Schneider clean to cut the Devils’ lead in half to 2-1.
would tie things up at 15:58 gone while shorthanded. Kane had gone off for a
hook on PK Subban to set up a Devils power play at 14:51. But about a minute
into that penalty kill for San Jose, Joel Kellman and Marcus Sorensen broke in
on a 2-on-1. Kellman passed to Sorensen and he scored to tie the game at two.
scoreless third, it was off to overtime. And San Jose did not wait around.
seconds into the extra session, with the Sharks dominated puck control, Burns
got the puck to the net by shielding it and creating a play. The puck was loose
in front and Kane gained control of it from Damon Severson. He then made a nice
no-look pass from the near hashmarks to Logan Couture, who was waiting at the
side of the net to shovel it in and give the Sharks the 3-2 victory.
outshot the Devils 30-23 and had less turnovers at eight to the Devils’ ten.
San Jose also led in hits at 30-24. The Devils won 55-percent of the game’s faceoffs,
with Zajac winning the most personally amongst centers at 58-percent. The Devils
also had more blocked shots at 21 to eight.
time-wise, Severson led with 24:22 (3:27 on the power play and 2:23 on the PK)
while Nico Hischier led the forwards (and led all but two defensemen) with
20:20 (3:39 on the PP and 42 seconds shorthanded included).
goal were led by Severson and Kyle Palmieri with three each. Hits were led by
Mueller and Subban with four apiece. Blocks by Mueller with five and takeaways
by Severson with two.
Next up, the
Devils travel down the California coast to Los Angeles where they take on the Kings
on Saturday. That one is a 4 PM ET puck drop and we will have that for you
then. Have a great weekend everyone!