Devils centers lead 5-2 victory over San Jose Sharks posted by Devils Fan
Devils’ Mike Cammalleri scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season as the Devils went into the NHL All-Star break by defeating the San Jose Sharks, 5-2, Monday night at SAP Center.
The game was tied, 2-2, when Cammalleri scored on the power play at 14:45 of the second period. Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson (shorthanded) added goals in the third.
The Devils finished the California trip 2-1-0 and are 4-2-1 in their last six games. Since the team's coaching change on Dec. 26, the Devils are 5-5-1.
Centers Cammalleri, Travis Zajac, Scott Gomez and Josefson all starred in the win.
Adam Henrique passed Jaromir Jagr for the Devils' scoring lead when he picked up assists on Cammalleri's power play goal and Josefson's shorthanded score. That gave Henrique 26 points in 40 games. Jagr has 25 points in 43 games.
A relentless Jordin Tootoo scored a goal in the first period on his third try from below the right hash marks.
The Devils did well in winning face-offs, led by Zajac and Josefson. Zajac and Josefson both also scored goals.
Tim Sestito was shaken up when he was elbowed his the head by Brent Burns in the second period. Sestito remained down for a time before going to the Devils' bench. There were boos from the crowd when Burns was issued a minor penalty for an illegal hit to the head.
Henrique took a tripping penalty and Jon Merrill followed him to the box with a hooking penalty, putting the Devils two men down for 2 seconds in the third period with the game still in the balance.
With two assists, Gomez has 466 points as a Devil. That ranks sixth on the team's all-time list behind Bobby Holik (472 points). Now the Devils look ahead to the all star break.Continue reading "Devils centers lead 5-2 victory over ..."