Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Henrique's Late Goals Give Devils Some Life

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Henrique's Late Goals Give Devils Some Life

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Devils aren't ready to give up hope on the playoffs, yet.

They had every reason not to believe Thursday night, repeatedly falling behind, but also repeatedly battling back before pulling out a 5-4 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators.

Adam Henrique scored the tying and winning goals. He fired home a Travis Zajac rebound from the right circle 1:54 into overtime for the Devils' third power-play goal of the night.

The victory snapped the Devils' three-game losing streak and was just their second in their past eight games. It kept them five points behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot in the East with 17 games remaining.

"It's a huge win," said Henrique, who scored his second OT winner of the season. "We certainly believe in each other here. The way things have gone as of late is tough, but we stick together in here no matter what. I think that showed [Thursday] and we've got to find a way to carry that over to [tonight's game in] Dallas."

The Devils had been outscored 13-2 in losing their previous three games and then fell behind 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 4-3. Each time they found a way to fight back and tie, though.

Zajac's power-play goal 9:13 into the third period tied it at 3. With Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm in the box for cross checking, David Schlemko fed an open Zajac for a left-circle shot that beat goaltender Pekka Rinne to the short side.

Then, after Filip Forsberg beat goaltender Keith Kinkaid high to the glove side from the right circle with 2:04 left to put the Predators back ahead, the Devils tied it again on Henrique's goal with 39.7 seconds left. With Kinkaid on the bench for a sixth attacker, Henrique knocked in a Devante Smith-Pelly rebound from the right circle.

"I don't think we've ever lost hope," Devils coach John Hynes said. "We know we've gone through some difficult times, but there's a lot of good things that are going on within the room, and within culture and belief in how we play and what we do. …

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