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Game 34: Devils Cough Up Point Against Bolts, Fall In Shootout

Posted in on by Dan Pennucci

True, the Devils took a point out of Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Tampa Bay. However, it’s a point lost as the Devils jockey for position at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff standings. New Jersey held a 4-2 lead with 12:49 remaining in the third period when Steven Stamkos pulled the Bolts (as it says on their alternate sweaters) back with in a goal before playing the role of provider to rookie Alex Killorn as time dwindled down. Late in the game, with goalie Mathieu Garon pulled and the Devils clinging to a 4-3 lead, Tampa Bay whipped the puck around the offensive zone to Stamkos in his trademark spot atop the left circle where he slid a cross-ice pass to Killorn for an easy order ciprofloxacin finish and a tie game.

New Jersey fell quickly in the shootout with Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman beating Martin Brodeur while Garon denied Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias in their respective attempts to knot up or extend the game.

New Jersey staked itself to a 4-2 lead thanks to a 2-point effort from defenseman Andy Greene, who finished with a goal and an assist. Andrei Loktionov, Tom Kostopoulos and Ryan Carter throughout the game’s first 40 minutes. In more positive news for the Devils, newly acquired winger Matt D’Agostini tallied assists on two of the squad’s goals.

The Devils face Florida Saturday and look to end their three-game road trip Saturday in Sunirise, battling against the pesy Florida panthers.

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