New Jersey Devils (3-2-0 6pts) vs Calgary Flames (4-1-1 9pts)
For the first time in a while, the New Jersey Devils play host to the Calgary Flames this evening. The first period was about as bad as it could get for the New Jersey Devils. Calgary lit the goal lamp four times as the Devils were clearly not on their “A game” for the first period. Milan Lucic started the scoring as he got in on a breakaway and scored his first goal of the season at the 6:35 mark. About four minutes later, Andrew Mangiapane fought for posession of the puck in the offensive zone, then fends off the Devils defense as he wristed a shot upstairs that would beat Devils goalie Nico Daws for a 2-0 lead. Things kept getting worse for New Jersey as the Flames would get two more goals within a span of about fifty six seconds. Elias Lindholm tipped in a shot from the point on the power play and Andrew Mangiapane kept up his hot goal scoring start by scoring his second goal of the night and seventh on the season while on a breakaway. Devils backup goaltender Scoot Wedgewood would replace Daws after giving up three goals on seven shots. This was not the start the Devils wanted as they dug themselves into a 4-0 hole heading into the second period.
In the second period, the Devils would finally get on the board as Pavel Zacha picked off a clearing attempt from Flames goalie Dan Vladar and fired the puck into the back of an empty net to make the score 4-1. After Zacha’s goal, there would be no more scoring for the second period. Calgary would limited the Devils chances and would have a 4-1 lead heading into period three
Matthew Tkachuk added a power play goal mid-way through the third period to expand the lead to 5-1 as he would get a pass from Sean Monahan and fire a shot from the slot into the back of the net. The Devils and rookie Dawson Mercer would respond thirty-three seconds later to cut the Flames lead to 5-2. Mercer would drive his way to the net and dangle the puck around to beat Flames goalie Dan Vladar for his second goal of the season. Pavel Zacha with the extra attacker with around three minutes left in the game got the puck into the back of the net while battling for the puck as it bounced off sticks and skates but ultimately was able to get the goal for the Devils to get his team back within two. Unfortunately for the New Jersey Devils, that poor start in the first period was their downfall as they lose to the Calgary Flames by a final score of 5-3. The Devils are back in action on Saturday night as they head to the “Steel City” to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Next Up: New Jersey Devils @ Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday 10/30/21 @ 7pm EST