The New Jersey Devils were down 1-0 late into the third period against the Predators, when two empty net goals came back to haunt them.
By Patrick Comia
You cant win them all, and that’s exactly what has happened to the New Jersey Devils.
Tuesday Night, the team welcomed the Nashville Predators to the Prudential Center, only to see them win 3-1.
It was a close contest between the two, with only one goal scored through nearly the whole game. That early goal was scored by Predators defenseman Roman Josi, on the power play.
The Devils out shot the Predators, and peppered Nashville’s goalie Pekka Rinne for 23 shots. One of those found the back of the net off the stick of Kyle Palmieri. After a holding penalty was called on Predators forward Cody Hodgson, the power play unit got New Jersey on the board with less than two minutes left in the game.
However, that came after being down two goals.
John Hynes pulled Keith Kincaid, who was starting in place of newly-crowned father Cory Schneider. He left the team before the game, to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple’s first child.
Unfortunately, the Devils could not send a gift of a win to Schnieder’s family, as they could not overcome a second empty net goal to make the score 3-1.
Nystrom connects for an empty net goal with 51.5 left in regulation. Predators extend their lead to 3-1. #NSHvsNJD
— New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) October 14, 2015
Despite the score, it was a close game. The Devils were able to hold their own for a majority of the game. However with the loss, the team is winless to start the season.
The Devils will have the next two days off, to get ready for their game against another Western Conference foe, the San Jose Sharks. The game will take on a special meaning, as it will mark the return of former head coach Pete DeBoer, who was fired last December, the Rock.
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