Overtime Winner Moves Win Streak To Four
ALBANY, NY — In their first matchup against a Montreal Canadiens affiliate in more than three years, the Albany Devils prevailed, 2-1, Wednesday against the St. John’s IceCaps. Paul Thompson scored at 3:56 of overtime to help extend the Devils winning streak to four games.
In the Albany net, Yann Danis made 17 saves to earn his 12th victory of the season as the Devils improved their record to 13-4-3-0. In net for St. John’s, Dustin Tokarski stopped 36 Devils shots in the loss, extending the IceCaps point streak to nine games.
The Devils’ top ranked power-play started the scoring midway through the first period. Eight seconds into their first power play, Mike Sislo’s wrister got past Tokarski to give Albany a 1-0 lead at 11:16. Marc-Andre Gragnani and Corey Tropp registered the assists. The goal was Sislo’s 27th career power-play tally, tying him for the franchise record set by Niclas Bergfors between 2006-09.
In the second period, the Devils penalty kill was the difference. Late in the period, Dan Kelly was given a five minute match penalty and ejected for a hit on Jeremy Gregoire. The Devils penalty killers stood tall to kill off the time and keep the game tied, 1-1. Albany’s penalty kill, which is tops in the league with a 90.7 percent success rate, finished the game five-for-five.
After a scoreless third period, Sislo nearly ended the game in the opening seconds of overtime. Right off the opening faceoff, he had a breakaway chance, but was denied by Tokarski. Less than two minutes later, Dumont had a breakaway for the IceCaps, but Danis was equal to the task in net.
The Devils controlled the play in overtime, keeping the puck in the IceCaps end for most of the extra frame. On their fifth shot, they Devils finally broke through.
Coming down the right wing, Thompson’s wrist shot beat Tokarski short side to give the Devils the win at 3:56. The goal was Thompson’s sixth of the season, extending his point streak to seven games. He was assisted by Gragnani, who earned a multi-point night with a couple of assists.
Riding a four game winning streak, the Devils will look to extend it to five when they host the Rochester Americans on Saturday at 5 pm.