Devils lose to Wild in shootout after traffic jam delays game

NEWARK, NJ – Kevin Fiala scored the lone goal in a penalty shootout, Cam Talbot made 42 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Wednesday night after arriving late in the arena due to traffic.

The match was delayed 24 minutes after Wild got stuck in a traffic jam in Manhattan with the Holland Tunnel closed. The team bus did not arrive until 18:26 and the start was shot back at 19:33

Minnesota scored two goals in the first period before the Devils overcame the 2-0 deficit in the third to send the game into overtime.

Dmitry Kulikov assisted Ryan Hartman’s goal to open the scoring 12:10 into the first period and give Wild a 1-0 lead. Nico Strum scored 19:06, which made it 2-0 in the first half.

The Devils halved the lead early in the third when Pavel Zacha made it 2-1 at 3:08.

Goalkeeper Mackenzie Blackwood and The Devils lost to Wild in a penalty shootout on Wednesday night.
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New Jersey equalized with six skaters on the ice when Yegor Sharangovich scored in 18:53 and made 2-all.

The Wild finished a slip in two games and remained at the top of the Central Division.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves in the loss. The Devils were 0 for 4 on power play, including a two-man advantage in the third period, when Talbot had three saves.

The Devils fell to 1-3 in shootouts this season, while Wild improved to 2-1.


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