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Game 9: Devils Reap Rewards of Lines Changes

Posted in on by David Sarch

Heading into tonight’s match up against the Rangers, Pete DeBoer continued to juggle lines to find some offensive production.  He found the winning combination with the line of Adam Henrique centering Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.  The trio combined for 7 points including all 3 New Jersey goals as the Devils skated away 3-1 winners.

After killing an early penalty, Adam Henrique started the season series as last years playoff ended by slotting past Henrik Lundqvist.  The Devils didn’t make it easy, taking another 2 penalties, including an Andy Greene double minor before Clarkson scored his first of the night with less than a minute remaining in the first.  Clarkson smashed home a shot from the slot as Rick Nash lost control of the puck.

After a tight second period Clarkson scored his second of the night, his 7th of the season, this time on the power play.  Andy Greene put a good low shot on net and Clarkson lost his defender and stuffed home the rebound from close range.   The goal gave the Devils breathing room and it was much needed, as Chris Kreider would slot home shortly after.

For Martin Brodeur, it was a well earned his 660th career win.  He made big  saves early in the first period on both Rick Nash and Marc Staal.  On the night Brodeur had 24 saves.

Notes:

-Chris Kreider became the fifth active Ranger to get his first career regular season goal against Martin Brodeur.  The other are Marc Staal, Brian Boyle, Matt Gilroy and Ryan McDonagh.

-Adam Larsson played another good game, even getting time on the penalty kill as Andy Greene served his double minor.   He ended up playing 18:33 total minutes on the night.

-Andy Greene has points in his last three games, 1 goal and 3 assists (2 power play points).  Coach Pete DeBoer said he is currently playing the best hockey he’s seen him play.

-Martin Brodeur won his first game in his last 4 starts (losses to the Penguins, Islanders, Canadians).   He started the season with a 3 game winning streak.

-Although Jacob Josfeson missed a good chance to expand the lead in the third period, he drew a penalty on the play and won 9 of 14 faceoffs on the night.

-Special teams played an important role on the night as the Devils converted one of their four opportunities.  They also held the Rangers to no goals and just three shots on net on 5 power play opportunities.

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