NEWARK, N.J. — As the seconds ticked down in overtime, Damon Severson found a path with a behind-the-back pass and got the puck to 22-year old Yegor Sharangovich. Sharangovich, in just his second NHL game, had a chance for an exciting way for his first NHL goal.
"It's a really great pass by Severson," said Sharangovich. "I had a breakaway. I just closed my eyes and shoot it."
Sharangovich admitted he was joking about closing his eyes, but the shot got past Jaraslov Halak with just two seconds left in overtime to lift the Devils to a 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
"It's the best moment in my hockey career," said Sharangovich, who was unable to keep a smile off his face after the game-winner.
For the first time in franchise history, the first two games of the season for the Devils both went to overtime. While Thursday's game went to a shootout due to a Devils comeback, Saturday saw an early New Jersey lead and fending off last season's President's Cup winners to earn an extra point in the victory.
Even as the Devils have bounced back from a slow start in the opening period of the season, one aspect of the game has remained an issue. The Devils have begun the season without a power-play goal through eight opportunities, a mark of futility not matched by any other NHL team to begin the season. To make matters worse, New Jersey had Saturday's biggest mistake while at a man advantage.
With less than four minutes remaining in the second period and the Devils leading 1-0, it appeared the Bruins had found the tying goal. However, goalie interference on Craig Smith negated that tally. Boston challenged the play and lost, resulting in a two-minute penalty for delay of game. The Devils appeared poised to finally break through with an advantage, but a turnover allowed the Bruins to tie the game while short-handed.
"We had some better looks [today]," coach Lindy Ruff said. There's a chance one or two of those looks could have went in. Before the short-handed goal, we had a couple of really good looks.
Through two games, only New Jersey and Vancouver have had at least seven power play chances and have not scored a goal in those chances.