Devils chase Howard with three goals on six shots

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Jimmy Howard came into tonight’s action mired in a bit of a slump, having lost three games in a row.

Things didn’t get any better.

Howard lasted just over 14 minutes into Tuesday’s game against the Devils, getting hooked after allowing three goals on six shots — with all three goals coming in a span of just 2:12.

Kyle Palmieri got things going on the power play to make it 1-0 New Jersey and then, just 42 seconds later, Jordin Tootoo scored his third of the year to push the lead to two.

At the 14:17 mark, David Schlemko scored his third goal of the year — on an assist from Palmieri — to chase Howard for good. Petr Mrazek took over and with less than 90 seconds to go in the period, Dylan Larkin scored to make the score 3-1.

Despite Howard’s lack of wins lately, he’s actually posted pretty good numbers — a 2.49 GAA and .932 save percentage over the aforementioned three-game losing streak.

It’ll be interesting to see how — or, if — tonight’s performance affects his playing time moving forward.