The Minnesota Wild didn’t let a traffic jam sluggish them down in opposition to the New Jersey Devils.
Kevin Fiala scored the lone function in a shootout, Cam Talbot made 42 saves and the Wild beat the Devils 3-2 on Wednesday evening in Newark after arriving slack to the Prudential Heart.
Caught in vacation traffic in Extensive apple with the Holland Tunnel closed, the Wild lastly made it to Prudential Heart at 6: 26 p.m., pushing the open attend 24 minutes to 7: 33 p.m.
“For my share, it’s rather irresponsible on their share,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said.
The extend to the usual open time had no sick effects on the visiting personnel, which sat thru a 2 1/2-hour bus stride from its hotel to the sector.
“Tried to reach attend in right here and likewise you understand, no longer to overthink anything. Staunch exit there and aid watch over what I can aid watch over. And that’s all you would possibly perchance well end in a sport indulge in that, a explain indulge in this,” Talbot said. “So that was my mindset coming into it and I feel indulge in I was in a position to attain that tonight.”
Minnesota scored two first-duration objectives forward of the Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third to send the sport to overtime.
Dmitry Kulikov assisted on Ryan Hartman’s function to open the scoring 12: 10 into the foremost duration and give the Wild a 1-0 lead. Nico Strum scored at 19: 06, making it 2-0 at the foremost intermission.
The Devils gash the lead in half early in the third when Pavel Zacha scored to make it 2-1 at 3: 08.
New Jersey tied it with six skaters on the ice when Yegor Sharangovich scored at 18: 53 to make it 2-all.
The Wild ended a two-sport skid and remained atop the Central Division.
Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves in the loss. The Devils were 0 for 4 on the capacity play, together with a two-man advantage in the third duration, when Talbot had three saves.
“We did own a couple of true looks. We did own a couple that was irritating on the entry,” Ruff said. “We made some no longer easy decisions, but that’s stuff that we’re true going to proceed to aid working on. I mediate we hit a put up on an impact player, I mediate we hit an open safe on an impact play. We’ve true bought to aid believing that if we aid working at it, it’s going to get better.”’
The Devils fell to 1-3 in shootouts this season, whereas the Wild improved to 2-1.