The team posted 30-plus shots for the first time in 10 games, but it came down to Scott Gomez, who netted the deciding goal in the shootout.
“We had 20 (scoring) chances,” said Devils GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello. “The first thing you look at is chances to score and chances against. We had plenty of opportunities and that's all you can ask for. The win, I was pleased with the way we did a lot of things tonight: the penalty kill and the power play had a lot of good looks and 5-on-5 we were creating chances. We just have to put them in the net.”
Adam Henrique, who missed the net on a penalty shot in the third, echoed those sentiments.
“I think we had a lot of looks tonight,” said Henrique. “I think the goalie played well. I had a bunch of chances, a bunch of shots on net from good scoring areas. I think our D did a good job getting pucks through. We've just got to keep pushing. There's some games we get 15 shots and we get three goals. I think we've got to stay with that mentality to shoot pucks, get pucks to the net.”
Ultimately, the Devils are happy to kick off their six-game homestand with a win, even if it's in a shootout.
“If that's the way we're going to win, that's the way we're going to win. It's two points in the column,” said Gomez. “We want to make it interesting and to start the homestand like that, we'll take it.”