On this weeks David and John look a week which saw the Devils win in Rangertown and against the Penguins and drop a tough one against the Kings. They also try and figure out why the Devils only seem to score for Brodeur and more!
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You could excuse fans who didn’t watch Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh for thinking the box score was a cleverly crafted ruse. The Devils scored four goals in the win with two coming from defensemen. New Jersey had just four goals from its blueliners through 19 games, one of the worst stat lines in the league. However, it was Andy Greene and Adam Larsson (yes, that Adam Larsson) who staked New Jersey to the lead. After that, the Devils let their penalty kill and the Penguins themselves deliver the victory.
Martin Brodeur won his fourth consecutive start on Saturday, stopping all but one of the 28 shots sent his way while holding the Penguins’ elite power play unit to an 0-for-4 performance, making several key saves to thwart the Pittsburgh attack. New Jersey stayed in the passing lanes and was not afraid to get physical with some of the Penguins’ more dynamic forwards. While Larsson scored what proved to be the winning goal, it was his block of sure goal in the third period off a deflection that was one of the better plays of the evening from the Devils’ defense.
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There were fewer goals scored by Los Angeles and the Devils than the last time the two teams met, but the two squads treated fans at The Rock to a high-energy, physical contest Friday evening. However, the result was a film Devils fans have grown all too accustom to the last season, a loss despite carrying a good amount of the play, a loss after getting a strong goaltending performance from Cory Schneider. Dwight King scored the game’s winning goal at 13:08 off an uncontested deflection mere feet from Schneider of a benign looking Jake Muzzin point shot.
New Jersey had its chances to score on several tremendous stretches of cycling the puck and earning possession back inside of Los Angeles’s zone, notably having Adam Henrique denied twice at close range by Scrivens, who also made a slick glove save on Damien Brunner in the first period. The line of Adam Henrique, Andrei Loktionov and Steve Bernier was one of the team’s stronger groups on the evening.
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On this weeks episode David and John take back everything they’ve ever said about Cam Janssen and more!
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There might not be a more staunch supporter of Cam Janssen in the Devils locker room the last three games than Martin Brodeur. In the two games Brodeur has started since Janssen was called up from Albany, Brodeur has delivered two shutouts, with Sunday’s 5-0 blanking of Nashville giving the Devils their fifth point over the last three games. Janssen slammed home the second goal in the rout early in the second period, giving him two goals in three games. Jaromir Jagr, Travis Zajac, Marek Zidlicky and Mattias Tedenby each added a goal in the victory as well, giving Brodeur more than the support he needed to grab career shutout 123.
Brodeur made 15 saves and denied six Nashville power plays in the victory while the Devils scored yet another power play goal, as Zidlicky blasted a shot home from the point after receiving a pass from Eric Gelinas following one of more rare occurrences for New Jersey, an offensive zone draw win courtesy of Adam Henrique. The evening of unlikely goal scorers continued in the third period as Zajac beat Hutton before Tedenby added the game’s final tally with under a minute remaining, making a great individual play with the game’s result well in hand.
New Jersey travels to the arena formerly known as Madison Square Garden on Tuesday before welcoming Los Angeles and Pittsburgh to The Rock this week.
-Jagr and Zidlicky each finished the game with a goal and an assist and are the team’s leaders in points with 13 and 11, respectively.
-Janssen and Zajac have the same amount of goals on the season, two, which is one more than Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux.
-The Devils have scored eight goals in Brodeur’s last two starts.
-Cory Schneider’s goals-against average sits at 2.05 and he has a 1-4-3 record. His play in Friday’s loss secured the charity point, but no save did so more than his denying of Phil Kessel in overtime
-The odds of Schneider starting on Tuesday against the Rangers are high, but the Devils’ coaching staff will not discount playing the hot hand in Brodeur.
-Sunday’s shutout was the first time in Brodeur’s career he’d blanked Nashville.
-Gelinas’s assist gives him five points on the season and the young blueliner has an assist in each of the last three games.
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When you haven’t scored in two games, the only remedy is to call up a player on the permanent shuttle between the AHL and the NHL, a player with such a stealthy offensive skill set that he’s encouraged to hide it, lying in wait for nearly three seasons before unleashing an attack on an unsuspecting opponent. Not even Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition was as unexpected as Cam Janssen scoring a goal in the NHL. Thursday in Philadelphia though, Janssen snagged the second goal in a 3-0 shutout over the Flyers while Martin Brodeur made 22 saves to secure a much-needed, morale boosting victory following two consecutive shutout losses.
The Devils fell 1-0 to Philadelphia last Saturday, failing to score a goal on a team who surrendered seven to Washington the night before, but had their own goalie mercilessly beat the other goalie with his fists, therefore giving Philadelphia the “win.” New Jersey bounced back on Thursday following last Sunday’s embarrassing shutout at the hands of Minnesota, grabbing an elusive early lead thanks to Adam Henrique and rookie defensemen Eric Gelinas a mere 1:57 into the game. Gelinas appeared to beat Ray Emery with a deceptively quick point shot and was originally credited with the goal, but replays showed Henrique tipping the puck in the slot for his fifth goal of the season.
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On this weeks episode David and John discuss injuries, lack of offense, Lou Lamoriello and much more.
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Jaromir Jagr’s goal on Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop wasn’t in slow motion. The veteran winger potted what turned out to the game’s winning goal at 10:54 of the second period on a breakaway created after he poked the puck away from Martin St. Louis at the blue line of New Jersey’s zone. Jagr’s crafty finish over Bishop’s blocker showed the veteran still has some of the best hands in the league. The victory for New Jersey was the team’s second-consecutive win after opening the season a woeful 1-5-4.
New Jersey’s special teams again keyed the victory as Adam Henrique grabbed a shorthanded goal early in the second period, stripping former Philadelphia Flyer Matt Carle of the puck at the blue line and finishing off a beautifully executed two-on-one with Patrik Elias to open the game’s scoring. Steven Stamkos pulled a goal back for Tampa Bay with 4:37 remaining in the game’s second frame, finishing off a flurry in front of goal for his ninth tally of the season.
Stamkos’s tally was a power-play goal, but New Jersey held a potentially potent Lightning power play unit to just 1-for-4 on the evening, getting sound positional play and the occasional save from Martin Brodeur, who is filling in for a dinged up Cory Schneider. Brodeur turned away 16 of 17 shots in securing his second victory of the season.
The Devils played one of their more complete games of the season and were able to successfully defend a lead late in the game, something with which they had massively struggled earlier in the season.
Jagr’s game-winning game gives him the NHL’s all-time record at 119, passing Phil Esposito. Jagr also has at least one point in five straight games and passes Marek Zidlicky as the team’s leading scorer with 10 points on the season.
-Elias played in his 1,100th career game on Tuesday, grabbing an assist. Dainius Zubrus will play his 1,100th career game on Saturday against Philadelphia.
-Schneider is expected back for the weekend, so there is the possibility he will play Saturday against Philadelphia.
-Eric Gelinas had his points streak end at two games, as the rookie did not factor into either of New Jersey’s two goals Tuesday. He played 19:28 with 2:29 on the man advantage, putting two shots on goal while being credited with three hits in the contest.
-Henrique has a goal in two straight contests and has three in the last five.
-New Jersey captain Bryce Salvador doesn’t believe he’ll miss much time with a stress fracture in his foot.
-Despite New Jersey’s struggles this season, they sit just one point out of second place in the horribly named Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh leads the way with 16 points while Carolina and the Islanders sit second and third with 11 points while the Devils, Blue Jackets and Capitals each have 10 points. The Islanders fell 3-2 to the Rangers on Tuesday while Philadelphia lost 3-2 at home to Anaheim.
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On this weeks episode David, John and Dan talk about games against Vancouver and Boston and upcoming roster decisions.
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Asking Devils’ fan which is more likely to happen between the Devils scoring four power play goals in one game or seeing defensemen score two goals, you’ll receive some laughs. Both of them happening in the same game, and against a quality opponent like Boston no less, is inconceivable. Saturday evening at TD Garden, the Devils secured their second win of the season, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to secure the victory thanks to a 5-on-3 power play at the end of the third period and goals from Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene.
Leading New Jersey 3-2 in the third, Torey Krug took a double-minor high sticking penalty on Damien Brunner at 16:45, ensuring New Jersey would be on the power play for the remainder of the game. Boston’s Patrice Bergeon then compounded the issue by clearing a puck over the glass in the defensive zone, giving the Devils the two-man advantage they’d use to secure the win.
Zidlicky fired home his first goal of the season at 18:52, beating Tuukka Rask with a slapper from the high slot before Greene gave the Devils the win 23 seconds later. Greene was in the right place after a missed one-timer attempt from Brunner on a Jaromir Jagr pass rolled across the slot to an on-rushing Greene for an easy finish.
Martin Brodeur, making his first start in four games, made 25 saves in the victory and helped keep New Jersey in the game after the Devils went down 3-1 in the first period. New Jersey’s other goals were scored by Brunner and Adam Henrique.
-Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas assisted on Adam Henrique’s power-play goal giving him two points in as many games, both of which have come on the power play. Gelinas played 19:58 in the contest with 3:51 on the power play, second only to Zidlicky among New Jersey defensemen.
-Jagr’s assist on the winning goal was his second of the game and the 43-year old winger has at least one point in the last four games, with six assists overall in that time span.
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