Pete DeBoer couldn't afford another late game collapse.
New Jersey was coming off one of their worst losses in recent memory on Monday, blowing a three goal lead in the third period to lose 4-3 to the Florida Panthers. The Devils have made a pattern of giving up leads late in games, including at least five games this month.
That same pattern continued again last night, as New Jersey lost a 1-0 lead 6:01 into the third period against Columbus. The Devils were out shot 17-3 in the final twenty minutes, and the Blue Jackets forced the game into overtime after trailing most of the game.
However, New Jersey was able to savor a victory in sudden death behind great goaltending by Martin Brodeur, who made 35 saves and stopped all the shots he faced in the shootout. The Devils are now 5-1 in shootouts and were able to go into Thanksgiving with a victory.
"I think the third period is a result of some fatigue and us running out of some gas. I don't chalk this third peri...