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Devils rally comes up short vs. Chicago

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 10:46 PM

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Devils rally comes up short vs. Chicago
Chicago Blackhawks 5, New Jersey Devils 3
Three Stars of the Game
Patrick Sharp
1st
Patrick Sharp
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 16:31
Marek Zidlicky
2nd
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 24:00
Marian Hossa
3rd
Marian Hossa
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:43

The Chicago Blackhawks broke a tie with three goals in the first 5:34 of the third period and defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3 at Prudential Center on Friday.

Patrick Sharp sealed it by completing a hat trick at 18:32.

Brandon Saad, Sharp and Marian Hossa turned a 1-1 game into a 4-1 lead for the Blackhawks, who are 9-1-3 in their past 13 games, including a 5-2 win against the Devils at United Center on Dec. 23.

Duncan Keith had three assists, Brent Seabrook had two, and Antti Raanta made 24 saves for Chicago.

New Jersey defenseman Marek Zidlicky had two third-period goals, and defenseman Andy Greene scored in the second period for the Devils, now 5-2-2 in their past nine games.

Patrick Kane took a sharp pass from Seabrook at the center line and skated up right wing. His soft backhand toward the net from near the goal line went in off the skate of Saad at 1:30 of the third period.

Greene's attempt to clear the zone by batting the puck with his glove was kept in by Keith, who made a point-to-point pass to Seabrook. His diagonal cross-ice pass found Sharp on the left wing, where his sharp-angle shot beat Martin Brodeur high at 2:44.

Hossa completed the outburst at 5:34. A pass from Devils forward Adam Henrique went off the stick of teammate Michael Ryder, and Keith sent a blind backhand pass to Toews on left wing. He hit Hossa entering the zone, Hossa skated alone between the circles and shot past Brodeur high glove side.

The Devils responded with two goals from Zidlicky. Andrei Loktionov stole the puck from Chicago's Andrew Shaw in the neutral zone and passed to Zidlicky, whose low shot slid by Raanta at 7:09.

Zidlicky's second came on a power play 6:28 later. Henrique sent a pass from between the circles back to Eric Gelinas at the right point. A pass to Zidlicky at the top of the left faceoff circle was sent into the goal at 13:37 to make it 4-3.

Chicago secured the win when Keith's long pass from his zone got by Devils defenseman Jonathan Merrill to Sharp, who came off left wing boards for a breakaway, his fourth career hat trick and 25th goal of the season.

It took 43 seconds early in the second period for a scoreless game to become 1-1.

Sharp scored first with a shot from above the circles that beat Brodeur high glove side at 1:34.

Gelinas' defensive-zone pass up the middle to Ryder was deflected by Sharp to teammate Toews. His immediate drop pass found Sharp wide open for the hard shot.

On the next shift, a pass from Kane to Sheldon Brookbank in the offensive zone went off the back of Brookbank's legs. Devils forward Steve Bernier possessed the loose puck and fed Stephen Gionta on the right wing entering the neutral zone.

Approaching the blue line, Gionta perfectly pitched a pass to Greene between the circles. Greene held off Kane and slid a forehand through Raanta's five-hole at 2:17.

Raanta entered 10-1-3 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .913 save percentage over the first 15 games of his NHL career.

The Devils played without forward Patrik Elias, who was injured Tuesday in a 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Forward Ryan Carter played for the first time since Nov. 30, and his line with Bernier and Gionta generated several scoring chances.

After being outshot 37-12 in that loss at Chicago last month, New Jersey went 11:34 without a shot on goal Friday, but wound up with an 8-6 edge after one period, and finished with a 27-24 edge.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:34
CHI
Patrick Sharp (23) ASST: Jonathan Toews (27)
1 - 0 CHI
02:17
NJD
Andy Greene (7) ASST: Stephen Gionta (3), Steve Bernier (6)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:30
CHI
Brandon Saad (15) ASST: Patrick Kane (31), Brent Seabrook (25)
2 - 1 CHI
02:44
CHI
Patrick Sharp (24) ASST: Brent Seabrook (26), Duncan Keith (37)
3 - 1 CHI
05:34
CHI
Marian Hossa (15) ASST: Jonathan Toews (28), Duncan Keith (38)
4 - 1 CHI
07:09
NJD
Marek Zidlicky (6) ASST: Andrei Loktionov (5), Reid Boucher (4)
4 - 2 CHI
13:37
NJD
PPG - Marek Zidlicky (7) ASST: Eric Gelinas (12), Adam Henrique (10)
4 - 3 CHI
18:32
CHI
Patrick Sharp (25) ASST: Duncan Keith (39)
5 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:42
NJD
Mark Fayne  Tripping against  Patrick Sharp
03:39
NJD
Mike Sislo  Too many men/ice - bench
19:10
CHI
Marcus Kruger  Hooking against  Ryan Carter
2nd Period
06:25
CHI
Sheldon Brookbank  Closing hand on puck
15:54
CHI
Marcus Kruger  Holding against  Stephen Gionta
16:43
NJD
Jaromir Jagr  Hooking against  Niklas Hjalmarsson
3rd Period
12:04
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Stephen Gionta
goalie stats
Antti Raanta
Antti Raanta
11-1-3
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .792SH: 0 - 0
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