New York, NY - The New Jersey Devils continue their hot play with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-2 overtime thriller on Tuesday night. New Jersey was led by the heroics of young winger Mattias Tedenby, who earned two goals in the victory.
In what was a goalkeeping clinic by both Johan Hedberg and Cam Ward, it was Hedberg that kept the Devils in the game. ‘The Moose’ was tested in the first period of play as the Hurricanes had about 20 seconds of good offense in that frame.
The Carolina offense began with a 61 foot slap shot by Jay Harrison at the 3:08 mark which went wide of the cage. Then Hedberg made a nice save at the 3:18 mark on a Zack Boychuk 10 foot wrister. Ryan Carter tried for a 31 foot shot that went wide of the cage, and then Boychuk had an 11 foot wrister that was saved at the 3:19 mark.
Ward would not be outdone robbing Patrik Elias on one of his patented moves, the winger then tried for an 18 foot wrister which the Carolina keeper would deny. Carolina would continue to try to press their offensive momentum at the 7:04 mark as Joe Corvo would rip a 60 foot wrister which was stoned by Hedberg.
New Jersey would have some stellar opportunities towards the end of that frame as at the 10:59 mark Rod Pelly tried for a 24 foot snap shot, which was saved by Ward. Then with 13:18 on the board Ilya Kovalchuk had a 27 foot wrister that went over the cage. ‘The Sniper’ would try again at the end of the frame with a 57 foot snap shot, which was denied by Ward. Neither team would be able to score as the horn would sound to end the first period of play.
It was in the second period of play when Jeff Skinner (19) would net the first goal of the game. The rookie would tally a 28 foot wrister that went past the five hole of Hedberg, which was assisted by Joe Corvo (20) and Joni Pitkanen (21) for the 1-0 lead.
The physical play between these teams would pick up at the 10:03 mark David Clarkson and Jay Harrison decided to drop gloves and do their best impression of a Hurricane. The two would spin each other around with a bevy of punches, before the officials would break up the two combatants.
New Jersey would tie the game up at the 11:31 mark as Mattias Tedenby (6) netted an 11 foot wrister on some nice passing. It began with Colin White (5) who ripped the puck to the backboard of the Prudential Center, that puck was able to get to Jason Arnott (11) who had a no-look backhanded pass to Tedenby. The rookie would finish the pretty play with the first Devils goal, making the game 1-1. The score would remain as the horn sounded to end the second period of play.
As the third period was underway Kovalchuk would have a 38 foot wrister at the 1:01 mark that was denied by Ward in the continuation of the Devils offense. Then at the 5:07 mark Jason Arnott ripped a 70 foot slap shot that just hit the goal post to deny the Devils a good chance.
Carolina would then go on the power play at the 8:31 mark as Anton Volchenkov was sent to the sin bin for two-minutes for delaying the game. Jeff Skinner (20) would take advantage of that opportunity at the 8:37 mark on a 11 foot wrister, which was assisted by Eric Staal (28) and Ian White (13) to give the Hurricanes the 2-1 lead.
The Devils would tie the game at 2-2 at the 17:06 mark as Nick Palmieri (5) took a 10 foot rebounded shot and netted it home to tie the game up for the second time at the 2:42 mark. New Jersey would have another golden opportunity at the 19:15 mark Andy Green scorched a 60 foot slap shot that was robbed by the glove of Cam Ward.
Patrik Elias had two golden opportunities towards the end of the third period of play, it was two quick shots by the winger as at the 19:44 mark Elias tried for an 11 foot wrister which was stuffed by Ward. Then one second later Elias tried for a 14 foot snap shot that was yet again stoned by the Carolina keeper.
The two teams would need the overtime frame to decide the victor, and it would be the young rookie Tedenby would net the game winner at the 2:42 mark. Tedenby was skating right behind line mate Travis Zajac. It would be a drop pass by Zajac, who got the puck to the rookie who proceeded to rip a 22 foot wrister for the eventual 3-2 victory.
Hedberg would finish a solid night by making 20 saves in the cage for New Jersey; Ward was also stellar making 31 saves in the net for Carolina.
New Jersey looks to continue their climb in the Eastern Conference standings, will now hit the road for a 7:00 p.m. Thursday night face-off with the Toronto Maple Leafs.