NEWARK, N.J. - Matt Hunwick had gotten caught up ice. Dennis Wideman was backtracking. And the Devils were flying on a two-on-one, seemingly poised to crack a 0-0 deadlock late in the second period.
Jamie Langenbrunner, the puck carrier on the right wing, blasted a slap shot that thudded off Tim Thomas. The rebound skidded to the stick of Patrik Elias, who was staring at a gaping net.
Or so it seemed.
Thomas, having recovered from Langenbrunner's shot, pushed off ...