Bad breaks cost Devils in St. Louis
played well in his hometown debut, but couldn’t overcome a couple of bad breaks in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at St. Louis.
Brad Winchester broke a 2-2 tie at 5:15 of the third period, redirecting Tyson Strachan's shot from the right point. That wound up being the game-winner as the Devils (5-13-2) finished 0-3-0 on their road trip. They return home to host Washington on Monday.
A crazy bounce resulted in the Blues tying the contest with 1:02 left in the second. Eric Brewer’s long-range blast caromed off the end boards, then off McKenna’s back and in for a 2-2 score.
Though it’s another loss, it was anything but a losing effort for the Devils, who outshot the Blues, 37-27.
"We played hard, we had our chances," said Colin White
. "They're all frustrating right now."
McKenna, a St. Louis native, made 24 saves in his first start since April 11, 2009. He was backed up by Johan Hedberg
after the announcement that Martin Brodeur
will miss a maximum of two weeks. An MRI on Brodeur's bruised right elbow was negative.
Saturday marked the 17th NHL appearance for McKenna. Nashville's sixth-round pick in 2002, he went 4-8-1 with Tampa Bay in 2008-09.
and Mattias Tedenby
tallied for the Devils.
Clarkson’s third of the season opened the scoring 26 seconds into the game. His wrist shot from the left circle went off Jaroslav Halak’s catching glove for a 1-0 New Jersey lead. Halak registered 35 saves for the Blues (11-5-3), who allowed more than 31 shots at home for the first time this season.
The Blues tied it, 1-1, when Alex Pietrangelo plucked a puck out from underneath McKenna for a power-play goal at 9:22. It appeared as though McKenna had frozen the puck under his pads, but referee Dennis LaRue signaled a good goal as Pietrangelo shoveled it in.
White expected to hear the play whistled dead.
"You think?" White said. "Yeah I thought so."
It was a tough way for McKenna to give up his first goal of the evening.
"He played well all night," White said. "We felt we played a pretty good game tonight. We battled. The result's the same thing. We have to change that."
had an assist and hit the post in the second period. He gave McKenna high marks for his performance.
"We did a lot of good things, and a couple of bounces they got... that's what happens when things seem to be going the wrong way," Zajac said. "It sort of snowballs. It's a tough loss because Mac played great in net."
Said Zajac: "Yeah, it stings a little."
Tedenby, the Devils' rookie upstart, scored on a breakaway to restore New Jersey's lead in the second. Tedenby collected a pass from Patrik Elias
, raced in alone and roofed a backhander to Halak’s glove side at 9:53. That’s two goals and one assist in five games for Tedenby, New Jersey’s first-round pick in 2008.
Elias had an assist in his 900th career game, and now has seven points – all helpers – in his last seven contests. He holds the Devils' franchise record for points with 766 (316g-450a), and leads all Devils with 12 points this season.
Brodeur injured his right elbow at Chicago on Nov. 3 and aggravated it Thursday in Toronto, when he left after two periods. Brodeur's expected to rest for four to five days and miss a maximum of two weeks. … Clarkson, Jason Arnott
and Ilya Kovalchuk
each recorded a game-high five shots on goal.
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