Edm 1 0 0 0 1
NJ 1 0 0 1 2
Date of game: 2/7/2014

Recap: New Jersey vs. Edmonton

Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Merrill's first NHL goal was the game winner, coming with 2:26 left in overtime to give New Jersey a 2-1 win over Edmonton at Prudential Center.

Michael Ryder set up the score, taking the puck away from a scrum along the right-wing boards then dishing between the circles for Merrill, who ripped a shot off the near pipe and in.

"You always dream about that kind of stuff when you're a little kid," Merrill said. "I'm sure my phone will have some texts, but I'll probably reach out to my father, first and foremost. It's good to get the first one. It's a huge win for the team, as well. That's most important."

Andrei Loktionov provided the other goal to back 19 saves from Cory Schneider for the Devils, who ended a two-game slide and improved to 2-0-2 in their last four outings.

Taylor Hall tallied while Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 stops for the Oilers, who head to the Olympic break having lost for just the second time in their last seven.

Loktionov netted the game's first goal at 11:01 of the opening period, but Hall knotted the score by potting a Nail Yakupov pass to complete a 2-on-1 break on the following shift.

Bryzgalov made 10 stops and Schneider six in a scoreless third period. Edmonton enjoyed an 8-5 shot edge in the final 20 minutes of play but neither team could produce a deciding tally.

"I'm encouraged by our play, especially the last couple games," noted Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. His club has come up with 11 of a possible 14 points in their last seven games.

Game Notes

New Jersey has won four of its last five home games against Edmonton, but has only taken 12 of the 28 meetings in East Rutherford since relocating from Denver in 1982 ... Merrill posted four assists in 30 NHL games this season before recording his milestone tally. The 22-year-old collected nine points (2G, 7A) in 14 games for the Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany ... New Jersey completes its pre-Olympic slate in Washington on Saturday night.

Kelly looking to UNH for inspiration

When Tim Tebow was brought in to Philadelphia for a workout with the Eagles several weeks ago, the popular answer to the question "Why?" was largely that it was a public relations stunt.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Busch moving beyond his troubled past

Kurt Busch's win in Sunday's rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway was exactly what he needed after his recent NASCAR suspension and legal issues.

Top prospect Shane Ray cited for marijuana possession

Former Missouri defensive end/outside linebacker and highly-regarded prospect Shane Ray was cited for marijuana possession following a traffic violation early Monday morning.

Dodgers' McCarthy out for season

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a UCL tear in his elbow.

NBA suspends Olynyk, Smith over Game 4 acts

The NBA suspended Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game over the play that resulted in a separated shoulder for Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, who called the act intentional.

Karlsson, Subban, Doughty named Norris finalists

Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, Montreal's P.K. Subban and Los Angeles' Drew Doughty are the finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defenseman.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.