Wild arrived late due to traffic, the Devils beat 3-2 in penalty shootout

Wild arrived late due to traffic, the Devils beat 3-2 in penalty shootout

Newark, New Jersey Minnesota Wild didn’t let traffic jam slow them down against the New Jersey Devils.

Kevin Viala scored the only goal in the penalty shootout, Cam Talbot made 42 saves and Wilde beat the Devils 3-2 on Wednesday evening after arriving late to the ring.

Stuck in holiday traffic in Manhattan with the Holland Tunnel closed, Wild finally arrived at Prudential Center in New Jersey at 6:26 p.m., delaying the start of the game from 24 minutes to 7:33 p.m.

“In my opinion, this is a bit irresponsible on their part,” said Demon trainer Lindy Ruff.

The delay had no ill effects on the visiting team, who sat on the two-and-a-half-hour bus ride from the hotel to the lounge.

“I tried to come in here and you know, don’t overthink anything. Just go out there and control what I can control. And that’s all you can do in a game like that, in a situation like this,” Talbot said. “So that was my mentality that came into it and I feel like I was able to implement that tonight.”


Minnesota scored twice in the first half before the Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third to send the game into overtime.

Dmitriy Kulikov assisted Ryan Hartman’s goal to open the scoring 12:10 in the first half and give Wilde a 1-0 lead. Nico Strom scored at 19:06, making it 2-0 in the first half.

The Devils cut their first half lead at the start of the third when Pavel Zacha scored to make it 2-1 at 3:08.

New Jersey tied six snowboarders when Igor Sharangowicz scored at 18:53 to make it 2-all.

The Wild finished a two-game slip and stayed atop the Central Division.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 balls in the loss. The Devils were 0 vs. 4 in strong play, including a two-player advantage in the third inning, when Talbot made three saves.

“We had a good look. We had a couple who were frustrated on getting in,” Rove said. “We made some tough decisions, but these are things we will continue to work on. I think we hit a pole on a strong player, and I think we hit an open net in a strong play. We just have to keep believing that if we keep working on it, it will get better.”


The Devils have fallen to 1-3 in penalty shootouts this season, while Wild has improved to 2-1.

Notes: Chase De Leo debuted at the New Jersey Center with the Devils. He played nine bouts and 5:30.

the following

Wild: Host the Winnipeg Jets on a Friday afternoon.

Devils: At the Nashville Predators on Friday night.


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