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Game 12: Different Night, Same Result

Posted in on by David Sarch

Different night, same result.  On Sunday night the Devils headed to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins for the second part of their home and home series.  Although the game played out much differently, it ended with the same result.

Early on Johan Hedberg was tasked with keeping the Devils in the game.  After making big saves on Crosby, Malkin and Neal, the Devils finally opened the scoring.  Adam Henrique cleared the zone, springing David Clarkson and Patrik Elias on a 2v1. Clarkson blasted home a shot higher over Vokoun.  Although the Devils would lead by one, the first period really belonged to Pittsburgh.

The second period resembled more typical Devils hockey.  Played mostly at 5 on 5, the Devils were able to expand their league as Ilya Kovalchuk  sniped Vokoun 5 hole on a 2 on 1.   David Clarkson then netted his second of the night on the power play, putting in a rebound from a Patrik Elias shot.

James Neal scored a consolation goal but the Devils played another strong period of hockey to make sure it wasn’t anything more than a consolation.  Johan Hedberg played a sensational game in net.  Stopping 23 Pittsburgh shots, including weathering the storm in the first period.

Notes:

-Marek Zidlicky registered an assist on David Clarkson’s second goal of the night.  The Devils defensive group has now registered a point in every single game this season.

-Andy Greene played another solid game.  He did fail to register a point, ending his 5 game point streak.

-Johan Hedberg played another terrific game.  In three games he still has not given up more than one goal in a single game.

-The Devils failed to deal with the Penguins physicality in the first period, but as the game went on were able to come to terms with it.

-After playing 30:01 in Saturday’s contest, Ilya Kovalchuk played a season low 21:42.  Part of it was probably due to design, but also there was a lot less special teams play.

-Stefan Matteau registered an assist on Ilya Kovalchuk’s goal.  He now has points in back to back games and the Matteau-Zajac-Kovalchuk line has registered even strength goals consecutive games.

-If you normally complain about anti-Devils bias on national TV games, you certainly couldn’t today.  They were very complimentary of the Devils organization as a whole, Ilya Kovalchuk’s two way game and of course David Clarkson.

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