Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils: Resilient Devils Bounce Back

Roman UschakCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 08:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils scores a shootout goal against Alex Auld #35 of the Ottawa Senators during their game on December 8, 2011 at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Maybe some home cooking was all the New Jersey Devils needed.

That plus a goalie switch, two shorthanded goals and three shootout scores.

Returning to the Prudential Center in Newark after a four-game road trip in which they went 1-3-0, the Devils rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to top the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, in a shootout Thursday night. 

Adam Henrique scored the decisive goal in the extra session, while Patrik Elias and Zach Parise also connected in the shootout for New Jersey, which has now won two consecutive games after beating Toronto in overtime Tuesday.

New Jersey surrendered its fifth short-handed goal in its last nine games, but also tallied a pair of goals itself while skating a man down against the Senators.  The Devils are now 14-12-1, tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 29 points—just one point behind eighth-place Ottawa (13-12-4).

Milan Michalek and Nick Foligno put the Senators up by a 2-0 count in the first period, driving starter Martin Brodeur from the Devils net after just 20 minutes.

According to, after pulling Brodeur for allowing two goals on nine shots, Devils head coach Pete DeBoer said, “We all had to be better after the first period, the coaches included."

"It was a poor start," DeBoer said.  "A coach only has so many ways to grab a team’s attention and that’s one of them.  So Marty paid the price for the team.”

Daniel Alfredsson made it a 3-0 contest for the visitors on a power-play goal midway through the second stanza before Parise got the Devils going with a short-handed goal at 14:59—a one-timer from the right circle.

Dainius Zubrus then made it a one-goal game with his own short-handed marker, just three minutes into the third period. 

Mattias Tedenby tied it at three at 9:08 on a deflection in front, before Ilya Kovalchuk gave New Jersey its first lead just 37 seconds later with his eighth goal of the season, scoring from just in front of the crease.

That lead held up until there were five seconds remaining in regulation, when Jesse Winchester knocked home the rebound of an Alfredsson shot from the left point to force overtime.

After a scoreless five minutes, the two teams went through four shootout attempts apiece, with Jason Spezza and Alfredsson connecting for Ottawa, before Henrique put the Devils up by a goal on a backhander. 

Johan Hedberg then stopped David Runblad on the Senators' final attempt to end it.

Hedberg finished with 18 saves in relief for the Devils, while Alex Auld had 27 stops for the Senators in the loss. 

Spezza and Henrique both recorded two assists apiece on the night.

Ottawa was one-for-five on the power play, while New Jersey went scoreless on its four chances.

New Jersey will now host Montreal Saturday in a matinee contest, while Ottawa will entertain Vancouver later that night. 

The Devils and Senators meet next on Jan. 2 in Ottawa.