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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."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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