October 21, 2011Game 5: Devils Collapse. Lose 3-4 to Sharks in Shootout
The New Jersey Devils lost 3-4 in a shootout to the San Jose
Sharks at the Prudential Center on Friday, October 21, 2011.
Patrik Elias beat Antti Niemi on a power-play at 13:53 of the
first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Ilya Kovalchuk and David
Clarkson assisted on Elias' second goal of the season.
Just 36 into the second period, Zach Parise was assaulted on a
short-handed attempt and awarded a penalty shot. Parise made good on the
attempt - scoring his third goal of the season.
Things looked up at the time of Parise's goal, but they quickly
fell apart for New Jersey. Joe Thornton (1000th game) and Ryane Clowe
scored 1:03 apart - at 15:18 and 16:21 of the second period to tie the
David Clarkson scored at 13:18 of the third period to give the
Devils a 3-2 lead. Mattias Tedenby and Andy Greene assisted on
Clarkson's second goal of the season.
Joe Pavelski tied the game with the Sharks' net empty at
Neither team scored in overtime, forcing the shootout.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Devils, but Niemi stopped Parise and Elias.
Hedberg was beat by Michal Handzus and Ryane Clowe.
Jacob Josefson left the game after checking himself hard into the
boards. It was later announced that he suffered a broken
Eric Boulton and Douglas Murray squared off at 7:21 of the first
period, and Boulton had a huge KO in that battle.