Devils lose to Wild in shootout after traffic delays delay game

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

The game was delayed 24 minutes after the Wild got stuck in a traffic jam in Manhattan with the Holland Tunnel closing. The team bus did not arrive until 6:26 p.m. and the departure was postponed to 7:33 p.m.

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 on Ryan Hartman’s goal to open the scoring at 12:10 of the first period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead. Nico Strum scored at 7:06 pm, making it 2-0 in the first intermission.

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

Goalkeeper Mackenzie Blackwood and the Devils lost to the Wild in a shootout on Wednesday night.
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New Jersey tied the score with six skaters on the ice when Yegor Sharangovich scored at 6:53 pm to bring the whole thing together.

The Wild ended a two-game slippage and remained atop the Central Division.

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

The Devils are down to 1-3 in shootouts this season, while the Wild have improved to 2-1.

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