Devils End Long Weekend With OT Loss
ALBANY, NY — The first three-on-three overtime at Times Union Center didn’t go as the hometown crowd hoped. Just 20 seconds into the extra frame, Mark Arcobello deked past a defender and beat goaltender Yann Danis’ glove to give the Toronto Marlies a 3-2 victory against the Albany Devils Sunday.
The Devils finished their three-in-three home weekend with a 1-1-1-0 record and are now 4-3-2-0 on the season. The Marlies improve to a North Division best 7-3-0-0.
Danis had his four game win streak snapped despite stopping 18 of 21 shots. He fell to 4-1-2-0 on the season. Antoine Bibeau made 20 saves for Toronto in the victory.
The Devils power play continued to have success with two first period goals despite facing a stingy Toronto penalty kill, which ranked second in the league and had only allowed three power-play goals all season prior to the game.
Reid Boucher, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with an illness, quickly made his presence felt with a one-timer from the circle that beat Bibeau glove side at 3:40 to give the Devils the lead. Brandon Burlon and Corey Tropp had the assists.
Andrew Campbell tied the game for the Marlies at 9:29 when he received the puck off the faceoff and fired it past Danis.
Mike Sislo recaptured the Devils’ lead two minutes later with his team-leading sixth goal, which came on a five-on-three power play at 11:29. Marc-Andre Gragnani sent the puck across ice to Boucher who set up Sislo’s blast from between the circles. Both Sislo and Gragnani extended their point streaks to five games.
The Marlies tied up the game again before the first ended on a goal from Arcobello on a delayed penalty. He used the free space to his advantage, gaining room in the high slot and firing a quick shot to the back of the net at 17:28.
The Devils weathered a storm of pressure in the early part of second period. Hemmed into their own zone, the Devils relied on several excellent saves by Danis and strong defensive plays including a diving sweep check by Burlon to clear the puck from the crease.
Albany found more rhythm in killing off a Dan Kelly penalty and pushed the Marlies back toward the end of the period and nearly regained the lead when Boucher stole a pass and raced to a breakaway that was eventually broken up.
The third period saw back-and-forth action with both teams getting good opportunities to take the lead. The Devils took 12 shots in the third after combining for 10 in the first two periods, but couldn’t beat Bibeau. Danis made several scrambling pad saves in quick succession in the middle of the period and then several more key saves in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
The Devils head to Syracuse to play the Crunch Friday at 7 pm.