New York, NY - The New Jersey Devils (16-30-3) showed great heart, but still fell to the Detroit Red Wings (30-13-6) by the score of 3-1 in hockey action on Wednesday night.
The Wings have now won nine of their last meetings with the Devils in Detroit, and tonight’s victory came courtesy of two goals in the third period of play.
Detroit got on the board at the 1:43 mark of the first period when Darren Helm (6) had a nice backhander-to-forehand move that lead to a 22 foot snap shot that went under the cross bar for the 1-0 lead. The Devils would find an answer in that frame as Brian Rolston (6) banged home the first goal on a eight foot wrister at the 6:35 mark, which was assisted by Anton Volchenkov (3) and Patrik Elias (24) to make things 1-1.
Then Detroit struck for their two goal flurry in the third period of play to down the Devils for the ninth time in Detroit.
The first goal in that frame happened at the 5:32 mark as Valtteri Filppula (12) recorded a 18 foot wrister, which was assisted by Jiri Hudler (14) and Ruslan Salei (7) to make the score 2-1.
Johan Franzen would scorch a 24 foot snap shot at the 19:16 mark, which was set up by Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall for the eventual 3-1 Red Wings victory. Jimmy Howard had 23 saves in the cage for Detroit, while Martin Brodeur finished with 26 saves for New Jersey.
New Jersey will return to “The Rock” after the All-Star Break on Tuesday, February 1, as they host the Ottawa Senators for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.