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Devils defeat Canucks but eliminated from playoff contention

New Jersey rallies in third to tie, then wins seven-round shootout

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

Severson's shootout winner

NJD@VAN: Severson beats Markstrom to win shootout

Damon Severson moves in and fires a wrist shot past Jacob Markstrom in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Devils a win

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VANCOUVER -- Damon Severson scored on a forehand deke in the seventh round of the shootout and the New Jersey Devils rallied to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 at Rogers Arena on Friday.

The Devils were eliminated from contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 earlier Friday.

New Jersey was trailing 2-0 before Kevin Rooney scored 5:41 into the third period to make it 2-1, and Stefan Noesen tied the game 2-2 with 6:26 left. 


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Severson won it with his first shootout goal in four career attempts.

"It was nice to break the seal and see that go in," Severson said. "I did the move in practice the other day and scored so I had to stick with it."

Video: NJD@VAN: Noesen finishes feed from Tangradi

Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves and didn't allow a goal on six of seven attempts in the shootout for the Devils (27-36-9), who have won consecutive games after going 0-6-1 in the previous seven. It was Blackwood's first start since a 9-4 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

"It's good to just put stuff behind you no matter how it goes and just keep playing and that was the case, especially after that second goal went in on me," Blackwood said. "I don't even know how that went in, it was kind of a fluke, but the guys battled hard and scored two goals for me."

The goal Blackwood was referring to was scored by Tanner Pearson on a shot from the top of the face-off circle that was headed wide before deflecting in off Blackwood's stick to make it 2-0 at 1:42 of the third period. But Rooney scored on a rebound, and Noesen tied it after being left alone atop the crease to tap in a backdoor pass from Eric Tangradi in the corner. 

"It's big for the confidence in here," Noesen said. "We have some guys who this is their first year in the League and having a game like this where you come back and they are a big part of the reason, it helps them grow, helps you grow as a team and shows them you are never really out of the fight in this league."

Elias Pettersson also scored, Bo Horvat had two assists and Jacob Markstrom made 31 saves for the Canucks (29-32-10), who are 2-4-2 in the past eight. Vancouver is nine points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

"We played a really good game the first two periods, then they came out and pushed and got two goals to tie it up," Markstrom said. "You want to close those games out. We have to keep building, get better as a team, and close those games out." 

Pettersson scored his first goal in 12 games on a power-play rush at 3:18 of the second period, firing a wrist shot from the top of the right face-off circle over the left shoulder of Blackwood to make it 1-0. Pettersson leads the Canucks and NHL rookies with 59 points (27 goals, 32 assists) in 60 games, and is one point from tying Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka for the Canucks rookie scoring record. 

It was also the first time since Nov. 19 and 21 the Canucks scored a power-play goal in consecutive games. 

"It was a big relief when it went in," Pettersson said. "It's been bugging me a little bit. I have been trying to find a pass instead of shooting the puck. I have to be a little more selfish. I'm a guy that is always trying to find the pass first instead of the shot."

Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev left after blocking a shot off his leg 7:24 into the first period. Coach Travis Green said Tanev will miss the rest of the season with a fracture.

"It's frustrating, for sure. We've got some guys playing some big minutes," Green said. "I thought our D hung in there."

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They said it

"I'm really happy for our guys. They battled back. We got kicked hard [in Calgary] and the response the last two games, the mental focus, the commitment, the way they are working, the way they are playing, I am just happy we were able to find a way to win because we worked so hard for two games." -- Devils coach John Hynes on winning consecutive games after a 9-4 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday

"They got a couple of lucky bounces. It was that type of game. There wasn't a lot of space on the ice for either team," -- Canucks coach Travis Green 


Need to know 

Devils defenseman Will Butcher had an assist for a fourth straight game. … Devils forward Kenny Agostino had an assist to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, three assists). … Noesen had an NHL career-high seven shots on goal. … Canucks forward Brock Boeser had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, four assists). 


What's next

Devils: At the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; SN1, ALT, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Canucks: At the Dallas Stars on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

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