Three Stars: 1. Patrick Sharp 2. Marek Zidlicky 3. Marian Hossa
New Jersey lost in regulation at home to Chicago for the first time since December 30, 1997 (6-2), a stretch of nine games (8-0-1).
The Devils fell to 3-8-4 vs. the Western Conference.
Tonight’s contest opened the club’s 12th of 22 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are now 3-6-3 in first games and 7-1-3 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
New Jersey was 3/3 on the penalty kill tonight and is 20/21 (95.2%) over the past seven games. The Devils have the league’s second-best penalty-killing record at home (56/61, 91.8%) behind Pittsburgh (51/55, 92.7%) and are ranked third (115/132, 87.1%) overall.
Martin Brodeur (19 saves) made his second straight start in goal and fell to 12-9-3 on the season.
The Devils had two defensemen score for the fifth time this season.
Marek Zidlicky scored a pair of goals (1PP), for his second multi-goal game of the season (December 21 at Washington) and for the eighth time in his NHL career. He now has 4g-2a-6pts in his last six games.
Andy Greene scored his seventh goal of the season, a new career-high. Greene scored six goals in 2008-09 and had nine goals in the previous three seasons combined.
Adam Henrique had an assist on Zidlicky’s power play goal and now has points in four straight (3g-1a-4pts) and 3g-4a-7pts over his last eight games.
Stephen Gionta had the primary assist on Greene’s tally, and now has 2g-1a-3pts in eight games since being activated from Injured Reserve. He had 2a in his first 21 games played this season.
Andrei Loktionov had the primary assist on Zidlicky’s goal, his first point since December 4 vs. Montreal.
Steve Bernier also assisted on Greene’s goal, his first point since December 2 at Montreal (g).
Mike Sislo, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) earlier today, made his NHL debut.