The Devils' previous was against the very same Jets team, only at the Rock on this past Sunday. Right from the beginning there would be some injury concerns for both teams. Martin Brodeur tweaked his back in warmups so Johan Hedberg got the start. Seconds into the game, Antti Miettinen took a puck to the groin and did not return. Ouch. The game opened up with an early goal by Zach Bogosian, trailing on a rush up-ice. The Devils would equalize when Travis Zajac finished off a pass from Patrik Elias to snap his scoreless streak minutes later in the first. A jam play by Steve Bernier dropped in past Ondrej Pavalec to make it 2-1. The run of play was even but the Jets broke through in the second period. Grant Clitsome got an open shot, screen by a stuck Bryce Salvador, and Hedberg not getting enough of the puck to score a power play equalizer. It was the Jets' first power play goal in their last 21 chances. Near the end of the second period, shot/pass block by Alexander Burmistrov turned into Evander Kane splitting the defense on a breakaway, getting around a diving Hedberg, and sliding the puck in for an easy score. Despite it being 3-2, the Jets continued to attack and Andrew Ladd sniped a shot to the top corner to make it 4-2. The Devils, well, didn't really push for a comeback in the third. They matched the Jets in attempts, only put up five shots on net, and settled for consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season. My recap of the loss is here. Over on the opposition's side, Derek Gagnon was appropriately pleased with win over at Arctic Ice Hockey.
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