If the New Jersey Devils can figure out overtime and the shootout this season, they might have an opportunity to do something. Unfortunately for them Friday was not going to be that night. Their fortunes turned in the extra period, as they let a late third-period lead slip away in the final seconds, and they lost on a Shea Weber goal in overtime, his second of the game.
The Devils are now 7-12 in games decided in overtime or a shootout this season. That's a lot of points to leave on the ice when you're fighting for a playoff spot.
Despite the loss, it wasn't all bad news for the Devils. Jaromir Jagr continued to play like a man half his age and had a hand in both New Jersey goals and scored the 698th goal of his career. He's now up to 48 points on the season, a number that has been topped just three times in a single season by a player age 41 or older (Gordie Howe did it twice, Teemu Selanne has done it once).
But that wasn't the only game that came down to the wire on Friday as the Capitals forced overtime in Detroit with just seven seconds to play thanks to an Alex Ovechkin goal (the Red Wings went on to win in the shootout), while Winnipeg was able to top the Canucks thanks to Devin Setoguchi's goal with less than three minutes to play.
Even though he's still suspended, an angry John Tortorella was still there to see it in person.
All the NHL Scores
Hurricanes 3, Blues 1
Red Wings 4, Capitals 3
Predators 3, Devils 2
Jets 4, Canucks 3
On Friday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will there be fireworks as the Rangers and Islanders wrap up their season series?
Does a three-goal third period by the Rangers, with all three goals coming in the final eight minutes, count as fireworks? If so, then yes. The Rangers used that late-game offensive explosion to pull out a 4-1 win over their cross-town rivals, beating them for the second time this week.
2. Will Jaroslav Halak play the Blues out of the Ryan Miller sweepstakes?
The Blues didn't win, but it's tough to pin it on Jaroslav Halak as he allowed just two goals. Miller would probably be an upgrade, but he's probably not enough of an upgrade over the way Halak has been playing to justify the cost it would take to acquire him.
3. Will Alex Ovechkin score a goal and still end up a minus player?
Ovechkin scored yet again for the Capitals, tying the game in the final seconds, but did not finish the game as a minus which should silence the critics for at least one night. Until the next time he is a minus. He was on the ice for a couple of goals against, though it's hard to blame him for either one, including Detroit's first goal of the game that was nothing but a series of crazy bounces.
4. Is it Cory Schneider time in New Jersey?
It should be. He was seconds away from earning a rare win until David Legwand tied the game, sending it to overtime, but Schneider was strong once again in net for the Devils. It was the first time in 10 games that Schneider has allowed more than two goals in a game. It's clear, even with the loss on Friday, that he is New Jersey's best option in net.
5. Canucks-Jets: Who wins the battle of two new head coaches?
The Paul Maurice Jets continued to roll on Friday night with their 4-3 win over the John Tortorella-less Canucks. Winnipeg is now 9-2 since the coaching change.
The one play or moment from Friday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
The Ryan Callahan trade rumors are not going away, and reports surfaced on Friday that the Rangers have given at least one other NHL team the opportunity to speak to his agent. That seems like a pretty big development, even if Callahan said after the game that he wasn't aware of it. The rumors didn't seem to have much of an impact on Callahan's game as he finished with an assist and four shots on goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Islanders. Still, the Rangers are either trying to play a game of chicken with Callahan in contract talks, or they really are willing to move on rather than risk losing their captain for nothing in free agency.
Stat of the Night
Anton Khudobin stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night, pushing his save percentage on the season to .927. For a player who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract this summer that's quite a performance. He's also been one of the best free agent signings of the year.
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