On this weeks episode David and John recapped the blowout of Saint Louis, a win against the Capitals and a day out at Yankee Stadium.
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On this weeks episode David, John and Dan recap the games from this past week, Clowe’s hot streak and if the Devils should make any moves.
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On this weeks episode David, John and Dan talk about Ryane Clowe’s terrific play of the last week, a down week for Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr, ice time for the younger players and more.
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Michael Ryder threw the Devils a desperately needed lifeline with 29 seconds remaining Tuesday evening. Trailing 2-1, shorthanded with Martin Brodeur on the bench, the Devils scraped together an equalizer thanks to the quietly productive Newfie after an expertly placed cross-ice pass from Marek Zidlicky found Ryder at the backdoor for an easy finish. The joy of the the tying goal didn’t last long, as the Flyers got the last word, snagging an overtime winner from Brayden Schenn just 1:50 into the extra frame.
Schenn scored the winner and assisted on another goal after he was cut by a skate earlier in the game on his abdomen.
The loss for the Devils is their third-consecutive loss, albeit one where they get a divisional point in their feeble attempt to stay in the Metrpolitan Division playoff race; a race that is getting tougher with every loss and every win from Philadelphia and the suddenly surging Islanders, who topped Toronto 5-3 on Tuesday.
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On this weeks episode David, John and Dan recap a week that saw the Devils lose to the best and worst teams in the NHL. They also look at the Winter Classic, Stadium Series, World Junior Championships and more!
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The beginning of the third period of Friday’s 5-3 loss to Chicago bore a remarkable resemblance to the loss to Chicago on December 23. The Blackhawks exploded over a brief span to take complete control of a tied game, scoring three times in the space of 4:04 to take a 4-1 lead. The Devils, however fought back, only to come up short against one of the league’s top teams in a frustrating loss on the heels of Tuesday’s victory over PIttsburgh.
Marek Zidlicky scored twice in the third period to pull the Devils back in the game, generating several stretches of strong play that saw them unable to secure the equalizer. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp hammered home the victory with 1:28 remaining beating John Merrill to a loose puck and dancing around the poke check of Martin Brodeur to complete his hat trick.
Sharp opened the scoring in the second period and then scored the team’s third goal, beating Brodeur from the goal line along the boards on a bad angle. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa notched the other two tallies in the third-period spree.
The Devils played with Chicago over the first two periods of the game, trading blows with one of the league’s best puck-possession teams. Brodeur did not look terribly good on several of Chicago’s goals, although the second Hawks tally deflected in off the skate of Zidlicky. Chicago put 24 shots on goal in the win, making Brodeur look a bit slow on a few of their goals.
It took the Devils most of the first period to wake up, as the team weather two early Chicago power play and after 10 minutes of play committed more icings than they had shots on goal.
Andy Greene scored the Devils first goal on a nice deke around Chicago goalie Antti Raanta, who is filling in for the injured Corey Crawford. Raanta turned away all but three of the 27 shots the Devils threw at him.
-Friday’s loss to Chicago saw the Devils eclipse the 12 shots they managed on December 23. Sadly, the 12 was not a season low.
-Patrik Elias did not play Friday and will not go with the team to Buffalo after leaving the New Year’s Eve win over Pittsburgh after his first shift.
-The Devils placed Mattias Tedenby”> on non-roster waivers to make room for the returning Ryan Carter, who had not played since November 30 after injuring his knee in a fight against Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno. Carter played 13:18 with no points and a shot on goal.
-Mike Sislo made his season debut on Friday, putting two shots on goal in 8:29 of ice time.
-The line of Adam Henrique-Ryane Clowe-Michael Ryder finished the game a combined minus-12, each notching a minus-4 rating.
-Henrique notched an assist on Zidlicky’s second goal, giving him at least a point in each of the last four games.
-Eric Gelinas’s assist on Zidlicky’s second goal was his first point since December 18 against Ottawa, a span of seven games.
-Cory Schneider is slated to start Saturday’s contest in Buffalo, as noted by Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
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The Devils continue to baffle.
While the team has had its ups and downs this season, they typically get up for games against the league’s stronger squads, save for last Monday’s loss to Chicago. The win over Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve was another example of them playing to their competition. Tuesday afternoon’s defeat of the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins was a thorough victory that saw them again keep one of the top scorers at bay and further tighten their grip over Pittsburgh at The Rock. The Devils rode a strong performance from Martin Brodeur and goals from Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder to a 2-1 victory, their second-consecutive win. Tuesday’s win comes on the heels of an ugly victory over the Islanders on Saturday and even uglier shootout loss to Columbus last Friday.
Brodeur turned away 19 of 20 shots in the victory and the Devils killed off the only penalty they committed, doing so late in the third period on a vital kill against the Penguins’ top scorers in Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Chris Kunitz.
Few saves on the evening from Brodeur were bigger than the foot save he made on Jussi Jokinen on the doorstep. A notorious exorcist (see Game 7 v. Carolina 2009), Jokinen attempted to beat a sprawled out Brodeur from just outside the crease only to see the puck hit Brodeur’s outstretched pad and the post before rolling away. Brodeur also made a great glove save on Brandon Sutter in the third when the son of former Devils’ coach Brent streaked in down the right wing, attempting to beat Brodeur high to the short side.
Pittsburgh has struggled in Newark over the last few seasons and in a pregame interview on MSG, Pens coach Dan Bylsma noted his team had to avoid surrendering an early goal to New Jersey. The Devils had other ideas as Adam Henrique opened the scoring just 1:22 into the contest, capitalizing on a James Neal turnover with a bit of nifty stickhandling around Matt Niskanen before beating Marc-Andre Fleury.
Early in the second period, Henrique again factored into what became the game’s winning goal, winning a loose puck along the half wall of the Pens’ offensive zone and somehow keeping possession amid opposing players. Henrique fired a pass to an open Ryder in the slot where the veteran winger beat Fleury high to the glove side with an expertly-placed wrister off the underside of the bar.
Pittsburgh pulled a goal back shortly after Ryder’s tally, as Matt Niskanen beat Brodeur from close range on a Sidney Crosby pass.
The Devils played a solid defensive game and limited the scoring chances Pittsburgh was able to create. They face Chicago on Friday at home in their next contest, the team who held them to just 12 shots in a loss last week.
-The game wasn’t without a blow to New Jersey as Patrik Elias left Tuesday’s contest in the first period after an awkward fall into the center-ice boards following a benign collision with Pittsburgh forward Tanner Glass. Elias laid motionless for a minute before slowly getting to his feet. Attention seemed to be focused on his neck. He played just 42 seconds.
-Adam Henrique has a goal in each of the last three games, also scoring against Columbus last Friday and the Islanders on Saturday. Both Henrique and Ryder finished the game with two points.
-Brodeur’s assist on Ryder’s goal was his second of the season and the 44th of his career, tying former Edmonton Oiler and St. Louis Blue goalie Grant Fuhr with 46 regular season points. Tom Barrasso, formerly of Buffalo and Pittsburgh, is the league’s all-time leader with 48.
-The Devils have taken five of a possible six points from their last three contests and sit in a tightly-packed Metropolitan Division battling for the division’s final two guaranteed playoff seeds.
-The loss for Pittsburgh was their fourth-straight in Newark with their last victory there coming in March 2012.
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Talking Red is back and on this weeks episode David and John look at this weeks results and welcome back Ryane Clowe and Bryce Salvador. They also explore the possibility of trading a young defensive prospect.
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Playing one of their most complete games against one of the NHL’s best teams, the Devils took a point from Friday’s contest against Anaheim, but missed out on the victory as Montvale native Kyle Palmieri scored the overtime winner to secure a 3-2 result for the Ducks. The win for Anaheim was their seventh-consecutive victory as they tour the
Atlantic Metropolitan Division, taking on the Islanders Saturday in Uniondale.
New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider was helpless on Palmieri’s wraparound attempt as the puck ricocheted off the stick of Devils’ defensemen John Merrill up and over the pad of the sprawling Schneider at the 2:37 mark of the extra frame. The New Jersey native beat Eric Gelinas wide as the rookie defender couldn’t recover from a missed poke check.0 Comments Read More
It didn’t take long for Stephen Gionta to make an indelible mark upon his return from an 11-game absence, opening the scoring just 2:02 into the contest on a shorthanded marker past Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner. Pucks going past Lehner was a recurring theme for the Sens netminder on Wednesday as the Devils received contributions from rookies and veterans alike in a 5-2 win, their second straight victory.
Jaromir Jagr secured what became the game-winning goal early in the second period, the 122nd in his career, passing Gordie Howe for the NHL’s all-time record. The goal was Jagr’s first since November 29 but he extended a points streak to five games and sits with a team-leading 29 points through 35 games. The goal was doubly important for Jagr’s career totals, as it was the 693rd of his career.
The goal was a product of a great pass from Travis Zajac. Jagr calmly slotted a backhander through the pads of Lehner for the 693rd goal of his career, good enough for eighth all time, passing current Tampa Bay GM and former Detroit star Steve Yzerman. Jagr is just one goal away from tying Mark Messier for seventh on the all-time list.0 Comments Read More