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Devil’s Four Game Winning Streak Comes to Halt in 3-1 Loss To Blue Jackets

EAST HANOVER, NJ – All good things must come to an end. For New Jersey (4-4-1), it was their longest winning streak of the season before they took to the ice against a struggling Columbus squad (2-8). The Devils were hoping to make it five wins a row, but could not figure out goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky despite outshooting their opposition, 24-14.

A late power-play goal by Kyle Palmieri gave the Devils a bit of life, but they could not catch up after Columubus’ fleury early in the third period. In a game that many thought they would win, New Jersey’s inept offense could not get many quality chances on net, en route to a 3-1 loss on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

Over six minutes into final period, with the two teams tied at 0-0, the Devils had their best chance of the night at getting on the board first. Forward Jacob Josefson deflected a shot on net that had been ripped on from the point. Bobrovsky got a piece of the puck, as it trickled toward the goal line, but then he cleared it out before it reached the back of the cage.


Devil’s goaltender Cory Schneider looks to stop a shot as Scott Hartnell of the Blue Jackets parks in front o the net. Photo Credit:

Unfortunately for the Devils, the Blue Jackets offense woke up a few minutes after that. Goaltender Cory Schneider made an initial right-pad save, but gave up a juicy rebound near the left hash mark that was shot in by Boone Jenner.

Then, just 35 seconds later, Cam Atkinson scored on a shot from the right post, before Scott Hartnell blasted a shot over Schneider’s shoulder to put the Devils in a 3-0 hole. The Devil’s veteran goaltender made only 11 saves on 14 shots.

The hot Devils power-play, which was ranked 9th in the league coming into the contest, could not convert on their first three chances when the game was scoreless.

On Palmieri’s late goal, head coach John Hynes elected to pull Schneider to give his squad a 6 on 4 advantage.

New Jersey will look to get back on the winning side of things when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers (4-2-1) at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. Being on the road may not be a bad things for the Devils. They are 3-1 away, compared to just 1-3-1 at home.     

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