2020 is almost here, and the New Jersey Devils are hoping their bad seasons end with a new decade. A new decade could show signs of a team changing, and the New Jersey Devils could be one of them. Firs, they must fix their issues starting with a new head coach. Then they must show us that they can play better to keep up with other teams. With only a week left, let’s look at the top 10 best wins for the New Jersey Devils in this decade. Our next game features an abysmal shootout record that ends right before the spookiest holiday.
How did the Devils play against their opponent in this game?
It’s the day before Halloween, October 30th, 2014, the Devils played at night against the Winnipeg Jets. The Devils were looking to bounce back from a hideous loss to the Penguins two days prior 8-3. 7 minutes into the 1st period, Blake Wheeler was able to beat Cory Schneider to put the Jets up 1-0. No goals were then scored by either team in the rest of the 1st and 2nd periods. Late in the third period, with the Jets still up 1-0, the Devils were able to get the equalizer.
What happened in the shootout?
Damien Brunner went up first for the Devils, but he hit the pipe. Next was Blake Wheeler, but he messed up his chance to shoot it. Then, it was Jacob Josefson‘s turn, and he made a little move to beat Ondrej Pavelec, to put the Devils up 1-0 in the shootout. Next up was Andrew Ladd, but Cory Schneider stopped him to keep the Devils up 1-0. Patrik Elias, who had a chance to win the game, was stopped by Ondrej Pavelec. The final chance for the Jets was up to Bryan Little. He took a shot that fired wide, winning the game for the Devils 2-1. Here’s why this shootout win was important.
Why was this shootout win so important?
The Devils had lost 18 straight in the shootout prior to that game, with their last win being March 10, 2013. That win was also against the Jets. It was also an NHL record for the most consecutive shootout losses by a team. Up until that point, I believe other teams knew that if they played the Devils in a shootout, they knew they were going to win. Imagine your team going a year and a half without winning a shootout to get that extra point. When this game finally broke that streak, Devils fans could not feel more excited, knowing that their shootout pains were over. This certainly was a treat for Devils fans to have the night before Halloween. While candy is good for people to eat on Halloween, a chance to see a team get a ghost of shootout failure off their back was even better.
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