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Quickie Thought: Devils escape Florida with a OT win.

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As always, link goes to the NHL recap. Anyhow, the Devils really took it to the Florida Panthers for a majority of this game, with New Jersey swarming the puck at both ends and a Florida team all the more willing to let it happen. However, Florida coach put in his backup (with a 94% save percentage) after a 2-0 deficit in the first, Craig Anderson stepped it up and kept it that way in the second. The Devils had shots and chances, but they couldn't beat the backup. The Panthers started becoming more aggressive and as the Devils couldn't put the game out of doubt, it opened the door for the Panthers to step back in. No, it wasn't a failure of special teams; but good Florida finish from Jay Bouwmeester with 2:20 left in the game and a defensive breakdown with less than 10 second left allowed David Booth to bang home a rare rebound from Scott Clemmensen to force an overtime. From a shutout to overtime in a little more than 2 minutes. What a shame. Despite an initial scare from Salvador sitting 2 minutes for delay of game, the Devils maintained and didn't panic. Johnny Oduya ended this one off of a 2-on-1 to ensure that they didn't let a win slip away. I fear this is a sign that the streak will be busted soon as the Devils didn't "finish" the game despite their dominance in the run of play and the Panthers were able to equalize despite a lack of time. Nevertheless, a win's a win and that's better than the other outcomes.

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