NEWARK (AP) — Matt Boldy scored with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime and Filip Gustavsson made a career-high 47 saves to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. evening.
“I knew I was out in a minute, so I knew it was close to the end, but I didn’t know how much was really left until I turned around after the goal and heard the horn go off. But it was nice when I knew for sure,” Boldy said. “I had time to make the move that I wanted to make, to make a read on the goalkeeper coming in instead of trying to shoot one.”
The game was a splintering defensive struggle. After two scoreless periods, the Devils were outscoring the Wild 22-19.
“It was a tough game,” said New Jersey’s Jesper Bratt. “That’s how it will be at this time of year where two teams going to the playoffs, that’s how it will be. There weren’t many scoring chances, and strict defense throughout the game, and obviously it lasted until the last second”.
Minnesota finally broke through 6:41 into the third when Mason Shaw scored his seventh goal of the season in one round.
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Timo Meier responded for the Devils five minutes later with his 35th goal of the season in an own return.
“It was huge,” Bratt said of his teammate’s goal. “This is the time of year, and especially in the playoffs, where guys like that lift, and he’s been playing really well and I think as a group we’re starting to bond a little bit more with chemistry and stuff and starting to meet a little more. And there he made a great effort on goal and got us back into the game ”.
New Jersey was unable to convert on a late power play and the teams went to overtime.
It was an extra five minutes of hockey back and forth, with both goalies making good saves.
“We found him comfortable throughout the game,” Wild coach Dean Evason said of Gustavsson. “It just seems to look good. He is calm. He minds his business.”
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After Jack Hughes hit the post for the Devils, the puck bounced off a post for Boldly and he hit the buzzer with his 23rd goal of the season.
“I heard the horn right after the goal, which honestly surprised me,” Boldly said. “I wasn’t sure there was that little bit of time left.”
Vitek Vanecek stopped 27 shots for New Jersey.
“It was a close game,” Vanecek said. “It was 0-0, they scored in the third, we scored in the third, then they scored in overtime. …It’s frustrating, but what are you going to do?”
NOTES: The Devils are 10-4 in overtime, while the Wild improved to 4-5.
Wild: Play Philly on Thursday night.
Devils: Play in Buffalo on Friday night.