The Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils, who are both stuck at the bottom of their respective conferences, faced off in New Jersey tonight and they needed a shootout to decide a winner. Though he didn’t register a single shot in the game, Devils sniper Ilya Kovalchuk scored the only goal of the shootout to give New Jersey the win.
After ending regulation tied at 1-1, the New Jersey Devils were unable to capitalized on a 4-on-3 powerplay opportunity in overtime thanks to some great goaltending by Henrik Karlsson. With 90 seconds left in overtime, Patrick Elias had an amazing chance to win the game but he was absolutely stoned by Karlsson who slid a big pad across the net to make the stop.
New Jersey opened the scoring at 13:06 of the first period when David Clarkson’s foot (ankle? knee? something?) tipped a shot past Henrik Karlsson into the Flames net. The lead held until early in the 3rd period when Rene Bourque tipped a Mark Giordano point shot past Devils’ goalie Johan Hedberg.
The game was decidedly boring, as could be expected from two of the leagues most stingy defences, but it wasn’t without its good scoring chances. Both teams had great opportunities, but the goaltenders were hot tonight and were having none of it.
There’s not much commentary to give after tonight’s loss other than the fact that the Flames continue to be one of the worst teams in the NHL, both on the ice and on the scoresheet. After losing 10 of their last 12 games, they occupy 2nd last place in the west and 4th last in the league. The Flames still have 2 more games in this road trip and it’s not going to be any easier with games coming up in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
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