New Jersey Devils Improve But Lose to Vancouver Canucks After a Thrilling Shootout

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Ed Mullholland – USA Today Sports

The New Jersey Devils showed a much better face against the Vancouver Canucks playing in front of their fans at the Prudential Center.

The Devils were able to score a few goals against the Canucks and looked much more solid overall. Their efforts, however, weren’t enough as the forwards weren’t able to find the back of the net when it mattered the most so as a result, the Canucks ended up getting a much-needed win in a thrilling shootout.

New Jersey got off to a flying start in the first period as they were able to find the back of the net twice thanks to veteran Patrik Elias and defender Eric Gelinas, who scored his first NHL goal. Vancouver also scored in the first period thanks to Ryan Kesler but the sensation was that the Devils were the better team overall.

The Canucks netted the tying goal thanks to Daniel Sedin in the second period and but New Jersey continued their attack without results. Despite the fact that they were unable to get good looks on the powerplay, the Devils outshot Vancouver overall and looked good in the overtime but the game had to be decided in the shootout.

Vancouver scored the only shootout thanks to Mike Santorelli and that was enough to give the visitors the two points.

It’s fair to say that the Devils improved vastly offensively in comparison to their last game where they were massively outplayed by the Columbus Blue Jackets. They couldn’t hold on to their early lead, however, and ended losing another game in what has been a disappointing start to the season so far.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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