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Game 79: Playoff Flame All But Extinguished

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Quietly, the Devils’ improbable climb into the playoffs was dealt a catastrophic, yet not fatal blow Monday evening in Newark, as New Jersey fell 1-0 to Calgary and goalie Karri Ramo. Monday’s loss was a game Devils’ fans have become all too familiar with this season: a strong effort from Cory Schneider squandered with no goal support, the Devils outshooting their opponent, an opposing goalie stopping seemingly every shot, pucks falling inches short of their intended target and a team desperately scrambling for an equalizer against a bottom dwelling opponent.
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155 – That Was Disappointing (pt2)

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Talking Red is back and on this weeks episode David and John talk about shoot out heart break, come backs, blown leads, bad goals and more!

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154 – That Was Disappointing

Posted in on by David Sarch

On this weeks episode David and Todd discuss a big win against the Flyers, an awful weekend in Florida, what is going on with the goaltenders and more!

This weeks episode is 7mb and 28 minutes long.  You can download it directly here.

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153 – The Week of Henrique

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On this weeks episode David and John talk about this weeks game, a great week for Adam Henrique, the black hole at right wing, the trade deadline and the Kovalchuk penalty.

This weeks episode is 13mb and 56 minutes long.  You can download this weeks episode here.

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152 – Trade Deadline Special

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In honor of the trade deadline, David record some bonus pod with Todd Cordell from Hockey Buzz.  They broke down the trade for Tuomo Ruutu, Marty remaining a Devil and a look around the league to see who the winners and losers were.

This episode is 17 minutes long and 5mb.  You can download it directly here.

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Monstrous Win Over Wings, Little Gio Steals Victory

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The Devils received the biggest victory of the season on Tuesday, snagging a 4-3 win over Detroit and closing the Red Wings’ lead in the Wild Card race to just one point. The Devils potted goals in the first minute of the game and the last minute of the game with some spotty play in between along with a few bright spots in what could have been Martin Brodeur’s last game with the Devils, but won’t be.

Stephen Gionta’s deflection with under 40 seconds remaining in the contest off a Mark Fayne wrist show flew past the shoulder of Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard and rewarded an aggressive New Jersey team with a victory after generating pressure in the offensive zone.

To say the win was vital for New Jersey’s playoff hopes is an understatement, especially after the Devils ceded the equalizer off of Todd Bertuzzi with 10 minutes remaining in the third, looking utterly lost on the penalty kill. Franzen proved to be a force in the Detroit lineup, scoring once and firing the shot that hit Bertuzzi in the absence of the team’s two most dynamic players, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

Tuesday’s win was the kind of game the Devils had seen go the other team’s way earlier in the season, especially in the stretch of games leading up to the Olympic break. In that span of contests, the Devils allowed late equalizing and winning goals from opponents, showing themselves seemingly incapable of getting that next goal to close out games. Tuesday was different, almost a microcosm of New Jersey’s season.

Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Devils grabbed an equalizer on one of the most bizarre plays hockey fans will see.

Following a glove save on a Marek Zidlicky point shot, Howard snagged the puck in his catching mitt, only to see it knocked from there and into the net by the stick of teammate Jonathan Ericsson and that of Patrik Elias. Travis Zajacj put the Devils ahead several minutes later on a tremendous backhand finish on a Howard rebound. The goal was assisted by Jaromir Jagr, good enough to pass former Los Angeles Kings’ great Marcel Dionne on the league’s all-time scoring list.

The Devils have won three of their last four games and face these same Red Wings Friday night in Detroit before a must-win game against Carolina Saturday.

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Devils Week Ahead, The Silly Season, Brodeur

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-The three games after the Olympic break went well for the Devils, despite Sunday’s loss to a strong San Jose squad. The power play clicked nicely against the Islanders on Saturday, wasting little time in converting chances, as the team was content to let the Islanders dig themselves a hole.

-The energy with which the Devils played on Thursday against Columbus was impressive, definitely one of their stronger efforts, especially considering how they had struggled against Columbus this season. What was more impressive was how the Devils locked down the game after Adam Henrique’s shorthanded goal at the end of the second period. Columbus saw little in the way of scoring chances in the third.

-Great seeing Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias back to scoring. Those two look great together. Henrique has 6 points in three games. Henrique was named the NHL’s second star of the week for his efforts.

-Eric Gelinas, despite his game-killing turnover on Sunday, has a goal and three assists in the last three games.

-Sunday’s loss to San Jose was a story of missed opportunities and the Sharks punishing mistakes by the Devils on the counterattack. A misplay by Cory Schneider behind the net eventually led the first goal and an Andy Greene turnover sprung San Jose on a 2-on-1 for the second goal. Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias scored the Devils’ only goals.

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151 – Back From break

Posted in on by David Sarch

On this weeks episode David, John and Dan discuss the goal explosion, Martin Brodeur’s future and possible pick ups for the trade deadline.

This weeks episode is 10mb and 42 minutes long.  You can download it directly here.

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Game 60: Devils Up and Over Columbus

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With three games slated for the next four days that will have tremendous bearing on the team’s postseason fate, the Devils assumed some control of that fleeting hope Thursday evening with a 5-2 win over divisional foe Columbus. The Devils rode a 3-0 first-period lead through the rest of the game along with steady play from Cory Schneider against a team they’d had difficulty with this season.

New Jersey played with a quicker step than we’d seen before the break and capitalized on scoring chances, finding that elusive “next goal” to ice victories. No goal factored more into the victory than Adam Henrique’s second tally, set up by Patrik Elias, shorthanded no less.

-Patrik Elias is the Devils’ all-time leader in points, but the assist he grabbed on Adam Henrique’s goal at the end of the second period is certain to be one of his most memorable. After corralling a loose puck near the blue line, Elias looked up and flipped a pass over the head of Jack Johnson to a streaking Adam Henrique who beat Sergei Bobrovsky five-hole.


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Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted in on by Dan Pennucci

23 games remain in New Jersey’s schedule.

23 games remaining for the Devils to put together a run to secure a playoff spot. 23 games for the Devils to erase a consistently inconsistent stretch of play leading up to the Olympic Break; a run of play characterized by a lack of offensive production, the surrendering of backbreaking goals late in games which eventually led to losses (see Colorado, Nashville etc) and a general sense of frustration.

One of the more frustrating aspects of watching the Devils play in the last month was the way in which they could utterly control a game in terms of possession and limiting the opposition’s scoring chances, yet barely manage good shots on goal, let alone an actual goal. This resulted in several instances where New Jersey gave up the game’s first goal against the run of play; their loss at St. Louis was one game which epitomized this trend.
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