He scored twice, including 2:40 into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
“I loved our first period. I liked our third. The second I could throw out but we’ve got work to do,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. “It’s still a work in progress but we’re doing a lot of good things.”
“Playing a lot of games in just a short amount of days and then the travel last night and then to be down 2-0, we could have thrown in the towel and gave up and we didn’t,” Reimer said. “I thought we dominated for most of the last two periods and that shows a ton about our team. We deserved the two points but we for sure deserved the one point.”
Kovalchuk and Clarkson scored power-play goals in the first period to give New Jersey a quick 2-0 lead.
Kovalchuck wired a one-time shot off the post and in past Reimer at 5:03. Clarkson then took advantage of some suspect defensive zone coverage by the Maple Leafs to beat Reimer at 8:59.
“We weren’t ready to start the game,” said Leafs coach Ron Wilson, whose team was outshot 11-4 in the opening period. “We just didn’t have our legs and our minds into it and New Jersey was sharp, ready and they took advantage of us.”
The Leafs had a chance to win in late in regulation on the power play after New Jersey’s Patrik Elias(notes) took an undisciplined slashing penalty with 2:16 left in regulation, but Toronto failed to capitalize as the Devils and Brodeur hung on to force overtime.
“Late in the third we were just trying to throw pucks on net and Brodeur’s a great goalie,” Frattin said. “You can definitely tell he’s playing with confidence.”
Notes: The Leafs announced forward Clarke MacArthur(notes) is day-to-day with an upper body injury. … Attendance at Air Canada Centre was 19,514. … New Jersey finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while Toronto wound up 0-for-2.