The way things have gone over the last two games, many New Jersey Devils fans could see the late goal coming when they held on to a one-goal lead throughout the third period. When a flurry happened just in front of Cory Schneider with just under a minute left, it was all but inevitable. Tyler Seguin threw a shot over a sprawled-out Schneider to tie the game at two with only 52 seconds left.
Thankfully, the Devils have the two best overtime scorers of all time on their side.
No. 2 on that list, Patrik Elias, put home a rebound from Travis Zajac just 40 seconds into overtime. The second assist went to no. 1 on the overtime goals list, Jaromir Jagr. Elias now has 16 OT goals in his career, two behind Jagr. Dainius Zubrus and Zajac scored the other goals for the Devils, while Jamie Benn scored the first goal for the Dallas Stars.
Peter DeBoer‘s decision to put Zubrus back on the line with Zajac and Jagr worked out perfectly. After testing the first line with players like Reid Boucher, Joe Whitney and Jacob Josefson, the player that was there from the beginning was the way to go. With the Devils going 2-for-3 on the power play, they are ranked seventh in the league in that category. For a team that is ranked 25th in the league in scoring, this is especially surprising.
The Devils have a quick turnaround and will play the Nashville Predators tomorrow night. It is reported that they will be without star defenseman Shea Weber, so they need to take advantage and take another two points on this road trip. They are tied for fifth place in the Metropolitan Division. A win on Friday could put them back in a playoff spot.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to the site’s NBA, NFL and MLB content. You can follow him on Twitter here.