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December 08, 2011
Game 27: Devils Resilient, Beat Senators 5-4 in Shootout

    The New Jersey Devils were victorious, 5-4 at home in a shootout over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

    The Devils had a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period, with goals that beat Martin Brodeur at 6:31 (Milan Michalek) and 17:45 (Nick Foligno).

    Johan Hedberg started the second period in net for New Jersey.

    Petr Sykora beat Alex Auld, but the goal was not allowed, due to a *weak* holding call on Mattias Tedenby.   Shortly thereafter, Sykora was called for an 'unsportsmanlike conduct' penalty - while he was on the bench.   I'm not sure what horrible words Sykora said, but I do know that this sequence of events due to weak and thin-skinned officials, changed what would have been a 2-1 game, to 3-0 Senators.   Daniel Alfredsson scored a 5 on 3 power-play goal at 9:41.

    Zach Parise got the Devils on the board at 14:59 with a short-handed goal that the officials were unable to manufacture and excuse to disallow.   Adam Henrique was credited with the only assist on Parise's eighth goal of the season.

    A second short-handed goal for New Jersey came from Dainius Zubrus at 2:59 of the third period.   Patrik Elias assisted on Zubrus' eighth goal of the season.

    Mattias Tedenby scored his first goal of the season at 9:08 to tie the game 3-3.   David Clarkson and Adam Henrique assisted on the goal.

    Ilya Kovalchuk gave the Devils their first lead of the game just 37 seconds later to make the home crowd go wild.   Kovalchuk's eighth goal of the season was assisted by Zach Parise and Adam Henrique.

    More poor officiating (a clear penalty, uncalled) led to Ottawa tying the game with just 5 seconds remaining in regulation time.

    Neither team scored in the overtime period, forcing a shootout.   Ilya Kovalchuk missed, but Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, and Adam Henrique scored in the shootout to win the game for New Jersey.

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