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Great Games #4: Devils find puck luck vs. Ducks

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Great Games #4: Devils find puck luck vs. Ducks
Great Games #4: Devils find puck luck vs. Ducks

Newjerseydevils.com looks back at 10 of the top Devils games from last season.

#4 - Nov. 20, 2013 Devils 4, Ducks 3 OT

By the time they had reached Orange County, the Devils were starting to find their groove on the road.

Their opponent was an Anaheim squad that had opened 8-0-0 at home. But the Devils would find luck on their side against the Ducks and open their three-game California trip with an exhilarating 4-3 overtime victory at Honda Center.

Travis Zajac was credited with the decisive – and unconventional – tally. He was the last Devil to touch the puck in front of the Ducks' net before Ben Lovejoy fired a clearing pass off of Corey Perry and into his own goal at 1:58.

"That was one of the luckiest goals I've ever scored, but I'll take those any day of the week," Zajac said. "I was really tired, but I was able to try and get myself a little open and the pass kind of bobbled it [off] my skates. I just tried to kick it on net. It looks like they tried to clear it and [it went in] off their guy. Pretty lucky.”

The win gave the Devils a 4-1-1 mark over their previous six road games following an 0-5-2 start away from home. They would record their first three-game winning streak the next night with an overtime victory in Los Angeles.

"We knew we had to play better to give ourselves a chance, so we had to come out strong in the third period," Zajac said. "We started to win some forecheck battles and stuck with it right to the end. We got rewarded late in the game on Jagr's goal. It was kind of a lucky one there."

Power-play goals by Marek Zidlicky and Eric Gelinas had the visitors ahead, 2-1 after the first period. The home team answered in the second with two power-play tallies of their own and led, 3-2, after 40 minutes.

In the third, with just 1:01 to go in regulation, Jaromir Jagr connected for a 6-on-5 goal. With Martin Brodeur off for the extra attacker, Jagr put a Patrik Elias set up through Jonas Hiller to make it a 3-3 game.

Jagr posted his 689th goal, while Elias collected three assists.

"I think the schedule worked to our advantage tonight,” Jagr said. "They had to travel last night, and we had one extra day of rest here. Maybe in the third period it showed. But they're one of the best teams in the league – maybe the best team – so that's a huge two points for us."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59