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Live Blog: Devils Hold On, Defeat Sharks 4-3

The Devils allowed three third period goals, but defeated the Sharks, 4-3, tonight at HP Pavilion.

The win snaps a six-game road losing streak.

The Sharks tallied three goals in 2:46 to cut the Devils lead to one.

One of the reasons the Devils are trailing is sloppy play in their zone. They haven’t made smart plays and they’ve been careless with the puck. The Sharks have the second best winning percentage in the league when trailing after one period, and giving them any life isn’t a great idea.

Nabakov made a nice save against Kovalchuk on a breakaway. Kovalchuk attempted to go low, but Nabakov denied the lower part of the net with his pad.

Joe Pavelski’s goal at 11:32 cut the Devils lead to one. After Malholtra caused a turnover on the forecheck, Pavelski grabbed the loose puck behind the net. The forward came to the front and slid the puck behind Brodeur for his 17th goal of the season.

After Pavelski’s goal, Devils coach Jaques Lemaire called a timeout. He looked visibly upset and yelled at his team for the duration of the break.

Seteguchi’s powerplay goal at 10:35 of the third period cut the Devils lead in half.

Devin Seteguchi’s first goal at 8:46 of the third period broke the shutout and cut the Devils lead to three.

The play started after the Devils failed to clear the zone. Joe Thornton sent the puck to the front of the net for Seteguchi. The Sharks forward shot the puck and beat Brodeur low for his 15th goal of the season.

Travis Zajac’s goal at 4:44 of the third period pushed the Devils lead to four.

Jamie Langenbrunner started the play in his own zone. Langenbrunner intercepted the puck and sent a pass to Parise in the neutral zone. Parise carried the puck over the blue line and passed the puck to Zajac. The Devils’ center fired a shot from the left circle that beat Nabakov sitck side for the goal.

With that goal, Zajac tied his career high with 20 goals.

Kovalchuk scored his first powerplay goal as a Devil at 19:42 of the second period to extend the lead to three. With Sharks center Manny Malhotra in the box for hooking, Travis Zajac won the faceoff and passed the puck to Zach Parise. Parise passed the puck to Kovalchuk, who skated to the center of the point and sent a wrist shot on net. The puck deflected off Sharks defenseman Rob Blake and beat Nabakov for the goal.

The Devils outshot the Sharks, 10-7, in the second period. New Jersey lead in total shots, 19-14.

The Devils took control of the second period. They’ve blocked several shots, and they’ve kept the pressure on the Sharks defense throughout. This period is one of the team’s best in their past 17 games.

One of the best lines is the Kovalchuk – Zubrus – Elias line. They’ve been buzzing the entire period and they’ve put the most pressure on the Sharks defense.

Mark Fraser’s goal at 11:48 of the second period increased the lead to two.

Clarkson cycled the puck to the left point, Anssi Salemla sent a pass to Fraser. The defenseman one-timed the puck, which deflected off Sharks defenseman and went over Nabakov’s goal for Fraser’s third goal of the season.

Dainius Zubrus scored 35 seconds before Fraser to break the scoreless tie.

Ilya Kovalchuk caused a turnover in the Sharks zone and skated to the point. He sent a backhand pass to Patrik Elias in the left circle, who put a shot on net. Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabakov made the save, but the puck trickled behind him. Zubrus drove to the front of the net and pushed the puck into the empty net for his sixth goal of the season.

I didn’t get a chance to watch the first period because of work, but the Devils outshot the Sharks, 9-8. Martin Brodeur looks sharp tonight, making several nice saves.

Tonight is the first game for both teams after the Olympic break. Both teams returned several players from the Olympics in the past few days.

David Clarkson makes his return for the Devils tonight. The right-winger missed the past 23 games with a fractured right fibula.

The Devils only have five wins in their past 17 games (5-10-2). They’ve also lost six straight games on the road.

With Pittsburgh’s win tonight, the Devils fell one point behind them in the Atlantic Division.

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond remains on injured reserve with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Andrew Peters and Rod Pelley are the healthy scratches for the Devils tonight.

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