Zidlicky scores late in OT, lifts Devils over Panthers 2-1
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jan 11, 2014
- Marek Zidlicky scored with 2.1 seconds showing on the overtime clock to lift the New Jersey Devils to a stirring 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Saturday night. Zidlicky was perfect with his shot for his eighth goal of the season, the one that helped New Jersey avoid a shootout. Jaromir Jagr also played a big part in the win, nudging the faceoff win with just over three seconds to play to Zidlicky at the top of the right circle for a shot into the top corner of the net past Tim Thomas. Ryder gave the Devils a 1-0 lead with his team-high 16th goal late in the first period. Florida tied it about a minute after Thomas robbed Adam Henrique on a rebound attempt that prevented New Jersey from taking a two-goal lead. During the course of a season, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer draws up hundreds of faceoff plays in practice or on the bench. Schneider denied a power-play chance early in the period by Tomas Kopecky, and a shot by Sean Bergenheim with 9.2 seconds left in regulation.