I guess the defense for both the Devils and the Leafs decided to take the night off. The Devils out shot the Leafs 39-32 on their way to a 2-1 OT win, which happens to be Lemaire’s 600th Career win.
The Devils certainly gave the Leafs ample oppurtunity to take control of this game as they found themselves in the box 7 times… SEVEN!!! Big round of applause for disciplined hockey!!
The Nikolai Kulemin happened because the Devils looked quite sloppy, where in the middle of a line change and Colin White was missing his stick. Still no excuse that Kessel got so deep behind White but is it White’s fault or should Salmela have been in the slot?
Devils got lucky on the Bozak miss. Tallinder missed the puck on a pass attempt which led to a great oppurtunity for the Leafs but they couldn’t bury it.
Zubrus had a beautiful deflection to get the Devils on the board.
Kovalchuk’s goal in OT is exactly why he got the contract money he did. I expect Kovalchuk to score when he’s 1 on 2. He’s that type of player, we haven’t seen much of it but when we do its beautiful!!
The Devils made the mistake again tonight of letting a team they are chasing get a point out of the game. That needs to stop. Devils also need to do a better job of hanging on to the puck. WAY too many turnovers last night.
Devils return to NJ tonight for a match with the Sharks.