Jacob Josefson, Ondrej Pavelec (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New Jersey Devils snapped their NHL record for consecutive shootout losses Thursday by beating the Winnipeg Jets – the same team they last beat in a shootout – by a score of 2-1. And they did so with the minimum amount of shootout goals.
The New Jersey Devils did something Thursday night they hadn't done in exactly 600 days: emerge from an NHL shootout with a victory.
That's right, for the first time since March 10, 2013 – and with their fans looking on and dressed for Halloween – the Devils won in a shootout by beating the same Winnipeg Jets team they last beat in a shootout, and ended their NHL record 18-game losing streak in the process. They did so by recording the minimum number of goals a team can record in the shootout – a single goal from center Jacob Josefson:
Fortunately for the Devils, star goalie Corey Schneider stopped Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little to give New Jersey the extra standings point, their fifth win of the season and their first home win of the year:
If it takes the Devils another 600 games to win another shootout, their fans should be afraid for their playoff chances. If it takes them another 666 games to do so, maybe we should be worried about other things.