NEWARK, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils are so bad in shootouts, coach Pete DeBoer doesn't mind seeing his team take chances in the five-minute overtime.
It got them a much-needed win Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild after they blew a two-goal, third-period lead.
Defenseman Andy Greene scored from in close 2 minutes into the extra period and the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Wild in Zach Parise's first game back in New Jersey against his former teammates.
"We've asked our D all year to create offense for us," said DeBoer, whose team has lost all eight shootouts this season and an NHL-record 12 straight dating to last season. "I think we have a little more urgency in overtime as a group because of our shootout record. There isn't any secret about that, so you get a little more aggressive."
Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias each had three assists and combined to set up Greene. Elias carried the puck from his own zone into the Wild end and sent a pass through the crease that Henrique nudged toward goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Greene got the rebound and scored his second game-winner in overtime this season.