Dainius Zubrus scored his 10th goal of the season to open the scoring. In every full season as a New Jersey Devil, he has scored at least 10 goals. He's scored 80 career goals as in a Devils uniform.
Travis Zajac scored on the power play midway through the second period. His tip-in came off a drive by Damien Brunner. It atoned for an open net he missed earlier in the period.
Patrik Elias drew a penalty on a near breakaway in overtime. 12 seconds into the power play, he scored the game-winning goal. It was his 16th career overtime goal.
The Devils blew a lead late in the third period as Tyler Seguin scored with just under a minute remaining with the goaltender pulled.
The ugliness of the final two minutes of regulation should not overshadow a great road effort by the New Jersey Devils tonight. For the most part, the Devils played to their strengths. They limited shots and chances and scored enough goals to get a victory.
It's becoming clear the Devils really need to score the first goal, because they don't get many to begin with. They're now 19-6-6 when they strike first. It gives them more room for error, like we saw tonight. Having that early lead "allowed" them to screw up at the end, before they captured the extra point in OT.
How about the man who called out the team and told them to step it up? No. 26 had two points and the game-winning goal tonight. He may not be the captain of the team, but there's no question he is still the heartbeat of this club. As he goes, so often do the Devils. When he's hot, the team normally follows suit as well. He won't be leaving for a few years, but his consistency and calm demeanor will be sorely missed when he hangs up the skates.
Defensively, they were back to their rock solid selves. They allowed Dallas 10 shots through the first 40 minutes and 16 shots for the game. That was a relief to see after the Blues and Rangers had opened them up the prior few games. Cory Schneider was really good again. That's going to be a tough call for Pete DeBoer tomorrow.
As we detailed weeks ago, the Devils need to limit their regulation losses to make the playoffs. If they can put together a nice string of 7-2-3 or something to that extent, they would put themselves in great shape to clinch a postseason berth. They stayed out of the box and did the little things right.
Nashville is up tomorrow. They have a nearly identical record compared to the Devils. It's a winnable game and would mean four out of six points earned if they pick up the victory. If they pick up 66 percent of the possible points down the stretch, they're in really good shape.
Talk to you tomorrow!