By John Schweibacher
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December did not begin well for the Devils as they dropped three straight games, but New Jersey put the brakes on the losing skid with an overtime victory against the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Eric Gelinas scored at the 1:15 mark of overtime to give the Devils a 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden. Gelinas is only the second rookie defenseman and just the fourth rookie overall to score a regular-season overtime goal for the New Jersey Devils.
· Eric Gelinas 12/7/13 at NY Rangers
· Adam Henrique 11/5/11 vs. Winnipeg
· Mattias Tedenby 2/8/11 vs. Carolina
· Paul Martin 2/15/04 vs. Los Angeles
New Jersey had just 11 shots on goal in their 3-1 loss to the Red Wings last Friday night, which tied the team record for fewest in a game. Here are the lowest shots on goal totals in a regular season game in Devils history:
· 11 - 12/6/13 vs. Detroit 3-1 loss
· 11 - 10/22/01 vs. Buffalo 3-1 win
· 12 - 10/22/82 at Winnipeg 3-1 loss
· 13 - 10/12/82 at Los Angeles 8-3 loss
· 13 - 10/12/82 vs. Boston 2-2 tie
· 13 - 1/5/98 vs. Dallas 4-3 OT loss
· 13 - 1/24/08 vs. Montreal 4-3 loss
· 13 - 2/27/12 at NY Rangers 2-0 loss
Detroit recorded 21 shots on goal in the game. The combined 32 shots tied the club record for fewest combined shots at home and were the second-fewest in any regular season game in Devils history:
· 28 - 2/27/12 at NY Rangers 2-0 loss (NYR 15, NJ 13)
· 32 - 12/6/13 vs. Detroit 3-1 loss (Det 21, NJ 11)
· 32 - 10/27/01 vs. Buffalo 3-1 win (Buf 21, NJ 11)
· 34 - 2/5/02 vs. Montreal 1-0 loss (NJ 19, Mtl 15)
· 34 - 3/21/01 vs. NY Rangers 4-0 win (NJ 23, NYR 11)
· 34 - 1/3/97 at Ottawa 1-0 win (Ott 19, NJ 15)
Daniel Alfredsson had an assist for the Red Wings in the their 3-1 victory over the Devils in his first appearance against New Jersey since leaving the Ottawa Senators this past summer.
Alfredsson had played his entire career with Ottawa, appearing in 1,178 regular season games for the Senators before signing with Detroit. Here are the players who appeared in the most games from the start of their NHL careers with the Devils before moving on to another NHL team:
· John MacLean 934
· Scott Niedermayer 892
· Jay Pandolfo 819
· Colin White 743
· John Madden 712
· Bruce Driver 702
· Aaron Broten 581
· Kirk Muller 556
· Scott Gomez 548
· Brian Rafalski 541
Alfredsson has now played in 63 regular season games against the Devils in his career, the third-most among active NHL players (totals through Dec. 7):
· Jaromir Jagr 99
· Sergei Gonchar 76
· Daniel Alfredsson 63
· Radek Dvorak 57
· Zdeno Chara 56
· Hal Gill 54
· Vincent Lecavalier 53
· Chris Phillips 53
· Daniel Briere 51
· Brooks Orpik 51
Henrik Lundqvist, who the Devils faced Saturday night, has appeared in 48 games against New Jersey, the most among active goalies:
· Henrik Lundqvist 48
· Marc-Andre Fleury 41
· Ryan Miller 27
· Cam Ward 23
· Roberto Luongo 22
· Tim Thomas 21
The Devils lost to Montreal, 4-3, in the shootout, last Wednesday night at Prudential Center. Peter Budaj got the victory in goal for the Canadiens. Budaj has now played in 279 NHL games but last week's appearance was his first-ever against New Jersey. Viktor Fasth of the Anaheim Ducks has now played the most career games (30) among active goalies without ever facing the Devils, other than of course Martin Brodeur.
New Jersey is now 0-5 in the shootout this season after the loss to Montreal. The ninth straight shootout loss tied an NHL record, accomplished three times previously:
· New Jersey 3/15/13 at Phi through 12/4/13 vs. Mtl
· Calgary 2/23/12 vs. Phx through 10/31/13 at Was
· Philadelphia 12/2/06 vs. NJD through 2/19/08 at Ott
· Calgary 1/30/06 at Stl through 2/10/07 at Buf
Despite their nine-game shootout losing streak, the Devils are still tied for the all-time lead in shootout victories with Pittsburgh and Dallas at 56 wins.
Reid Boucher, who was making his NHL debut, was New Jersey's first shooter and scored to snap the team's NHL-record tying stretch of 20 consecutive attempts without a goal. Vincent Lecavalier ended a 20-shot, shootout drought for Tampa Bay in a 4-3 victory against Minnesota on November 12th, 2009.
Plus: Cam Janssen. Devils enforcer scored his third goal in 16 games played this season in 4-3 win over the Rangers. Janssen had three goals in 312 NHL games coming into 2013-14.
Minus: Walking Wounded. Marek Zidlicky sits out game vs. Rangers with upper-body injury, joining Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Adam Larsson, Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe on the Devils' ever-growing injury list.
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