Wild fall in overtime
NEWARK, N.J. — Defenseman Andy Greene’s power-play goal two minutes into overtime led the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at The Prudential Center.
Right wingers Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Mark Fayne scored for New Jersey, which improved to 30-27-13. The victory snapped a three-game winless streak.
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 19 saves.
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had 24 saves for Minnesota, which fell to 36-23-11.
Left winger Zach Parise, center Mikael Grandlund and defenseman Marco Scandella scored third-period goals for the Wild. Parise’s goal was his first against his former team. He was booed every time he touched the puck by the announced 14,772.
One of the 10 best players in franchise history, Parise left the Devils for the Wild on July 4, 2012, a few weeks after New Jersey lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Parise. After scoring 410 points in 502 games, Parise signed a 13-year, $98 million free-agent deal with the Wild.
New Jersey led 2-0 at the second intermission.
Ryder’s 17th goal of the season sent the Devils into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. Ryder beat Bryzgalov from the high slot with 3:02 remaining in the period for his goal in 23 games.
Fayne pushed the advantage to 2-0 with a short-handed goal at 9:35 of the second period. Fayne received a pass at the right point from center Adam Henrique and skated to the top of the circle before snapping a wrist shot that beat Bryzgalov stick side.
Parise got the Wild on the board 21 seconds into the third by tipping defenseman Ryan Suter’s point shot past Schneider.
Jagr put the Devils ahead with his 23rd goal of the season 3:13 later. The future Hall of Famer one-timed a between-the-legs feed from left winger Ryane Clowe past Bryzgalov.
But the Wild fought back to tie the score with goals off the stick of Grandlund and Scandella.
The game remained tied until Greene’s winner.
Notes: Thursday night’s game was only the 13th between the franchises. The Devils had won nine of the 13 games. RW Jaromir Jagr is New Jersey’s career scoring leader against Minnesota with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 14 games. Wild LW Dany Heatley has 26 points in 31 games against New Jersey. ... Minnesota came into the game with 82 points in 69 games. The franchise record for points through the first 69 games is 83, set in 2006-07. ... New Jersey came into the game with a 16-9-7 record at The Prudential Center. ... The Wild had a 14-10-3 record against the Eastern Conference, including a 7-5-2 mark against the Metropolitan Division. By comparison, New Jersey had a 7-11-7 record against Western Conference opponents that included a 4-6-3 mark against the Central Division.