FINAL
CGY
2
TOR
3
FINAL SO
COL
6
MTL
5
FINAL
NYR
2
NYI
4
FINAL OT
LAK
3
PHI
2
FINAL
BUF
3
PIT
2
FINAL
OTT
1
WSH
2
FINAL
WPG
1
PHX
4
FINAL SO
TBL
2
FLA
3
FINAL SO
NJD
3
NSH
2
FINAL OT
DET
3
MIN
2
FINAL
CBJ
2
DAL
4
FINAL SO
BOS
3
CHI
2
FINAL
VAN
4
EDM
3
FINAL
STL
4
SJS
2

Devils rally, beat Preds in shootout

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

The New Jersey Devils are going to need their best players to be their best players if they plan on competing in the Atlantic Division this season.

On Saturday night in Nashville, that was the case.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise each scored in the shootout as the New Jersey Devils earned a gritty 3-2 victory against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

"I would rather win 3-1," Kovalchuk said. "You are 1-on-1 against the goalie. I have found you have to relax and do your thing."

Kovalchuk shot the puck over Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, who went low in an attempt to block the shot.

"We were watching highlights before the game," Kovalchuk said. "We knew Rinne was a big goalie who could move really quick. We knew he was going to go down and try to block the shot."

Kovalchuk also scored a power-play goal and David Clarkson added a goal for New Jersey. It was the Devils' second straight shootout win.

Colin Wilson and Jerred Smithson scored for Nashville, which failed to hang on to two-goal lead.

The Predators got off to a fast start as Wilson, skating in the middle of the slot, scored on a tip-in of a pass from Sergei Kostitsyn at 12:22 of the opening period.

Kostitsyn has one assist in each of Nashville's four games.

Smthson, stationed a few feet from the net on the left side, put a wrist shot behind New Jersey goaltender Johan Hedberg at 13:53.

Hedberg stopped a penalty shot by Kostitsyn at 11:53 of the first period.

Neither team scored in the second period, but one minute into the third and on a power play, Kovalchuk fired a wrist shot high into the left corner of the net that bounced off of the crossbar.

"It's always nice to score like that," Kovalchuk said. "It gives you a lot of energy."

Kovalchuk played a game-high 32:04. Nashville coach Barry Trotz stressed that it is difficult for a player to be on the ice for that length of time.

"He can fly and he is a big man," Trotz said. "He's hard to contain. Their whole team got momentum after his first goal."

Clarkson tied it 2-all at the 7:57 mark, beating Rinne from his glove side.

"Guys were screaming between periods that this was our game," Clarkson said. "We have enough guys in this room that believe. It's fun to come back like this."

New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer thought his team outplayed the Predators despite the rough start. New Jersey out shot Nashville 41-31, the fourth time this season the Predators have been outshot.

"I think we deserved to win," DeBoer said. "Their goaltender made a few big saves early to give them a chance to have the lead they had. We felt really good about our game and we just needed to stick with it. That is what we did."

Trotz saw some reasons to be happy with his team despite the second home loss in as many outings.

"We let it get away by a hair," Trotz said. "There are so many positives out of the whole deal. We saw a little bit more of Predator hockey, especially in the first period."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:22NSH PPG - Colin Wilson (2) ASST: Sergei Kostitsyn (4), David Legwand (6) 1 - 0 NSH
13:53NSH Jerred Smithson (1) ASST: Jordin Tootoo (1), Kevin Klein (1) 2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:00NJD PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (2) ASST: Henrik Tallinder (1), Patrik Elias (2) 2 - 1 NSH
07:57NJD David Clarkson (1) ASST: Mattias Tedenby (1), Mark Fayne (1) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1NJDIlya Kovalchuk - Goal
2NSHCal O'Reilly - Save
3NJDZach Parise - Goal
4NSHMatt Halischuk - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDNew Jersey DevilsNashville Predators
1Ilya KovalchukCal O'Reilly
2Zach PariseMatt Halischuk
Three Stars of the Game
Ilya Kovalchuk
1st
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 32:04
Colin Wilson
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:27
Johan Hedberg
3rd
SA: 31TOI: 64:45
GA: 2EV: 23-24
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .935SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:10NSH Jerred Smithson  Hooking against  Jacob Josefson
08:51NJD David Clarkson  Boarding (maj) against  Ryan Suter
08:51NSH Shea Weber  Roughing against  David Clarkson
09:26NSH Sergei Kostitsyn  Hooking against  Patrik Elias
16:32NJD Eric Boulton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jordin Tootoo
16:32NSH Jordin Tootoo  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Boulton
16:32NJD Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
16:32NSH Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
19:50NSH Sergei Kostitsyn  Slashing against  Andy Greene
2nd Period
16:18NSH Blake Geoffrion  Roughing against  Brad Mills
16:18NJD Brad Mills  Roughing against  Blake Geoffrion
18:53NJD Petr Sykora  Too many men/ice - bench
19:23NSH Patric Hornqvist  Hi-sticking against  Anton Volchenkov
19:46NSH Shea Weber  Cross checking against  Patrik Elias
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodNJDNSH
1st1312
2nd116
3rd1411
OT32
Total4131
Team Stats
CategoryNJDNSH
Power Plays1/51/3
Hits1222
Faceoff Wins3037
Giveaways911
Takeaways514
Blocked Shots1016
Penalty Minutes1621
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  • NASHVILLE
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33C. WilsonC1002018:27
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35P. Rinne3941.95165:00