Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Devils 3 - Carolina 2: Postgame
- The Devils scored on the power play for the second straight game! Travis Zajac lit the lamp, assisted by linemates Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner. Zajac looked to be the best Devils' forward against Carolina, though Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta also played very well.
- The Devils' defense was very good. The second goal was the result of the puck unfortunately bouncing off Brian Rafalski's skates that just slid under Martin Brodeur. Regardless, the defensemen did well in getting Carolina's shooting and passing lanes, jumping up on the offense when necessary, and generally didn't panic (the only other glaring problem was the two consecutive delay of game penalties by Alex Brooks and his partner Brad Lukowich). Johnny Oduya, in my view, was the best of the 6 last night. A ton of shots from the point (one hit the post!)-2 that hit the net, 5 blocked shots to lead the team (Link NHL Official Scoresheet of the game), and in one particular sequence in the third period, he demolished Scott Walker behind the net and quickly stopped Eric Staal, who was waiting in the slot for the easy shot, from having a scoring chance.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger's article on the game is a good summary, noting that the team's offense as of late has been lackluster.
- As a side note, I'm convinced Patrik Elias is snake bit. He had two really good opportunites to score near the end of last night's game in regulation and was robbed in the shootout thanks to a last minute appearance of Cam Ward's left leg. Once Elias gets one, expect him to explode on the scorer's sheet.
- Martin Brodeur played very well, especially in overtime when the Hurricanes threw everything and the kitchen sink at him.
- Jim Dowd = Clutch Scorer. Seeing him score the equalizer was fantastic.
In the same article on the GM's meeting, Rich Chere reports that Fahey's right tricep did not have any structual damage and is practicing with a brace. Scott Gomez is still day-to-day with a groin injury. I hope Gomez returns for the Chicago game.
By the by, Tom Lycan at the Devils Due blog correctly notes the following:
He's right. As a graduate student at Rutgers University, there is a ton of buzz about the Louisville game. It's clearly the biggest game in any sport Rutgers is involved with in the last 25 years. Even people who know nothing about football are excited about it. I got a ticket to the game, I'm definitely going to that - plus NJ is playing Chicago. Since Martin Havlat cooled off, it's...well...Chicago. Tom's DEFINITELY right about Brodeur, just look at the Montreal and last night's performance if you don't believe him.
Tomorrow, the Devils face Chicago at home. Unfortunately, they will be competing with the attention surrounding a surging Rutgers football team that is battling Louisville for the Big East in the best matchup of this college football weekend.
Also, here's a little known fact that I thought I would share-- it is actually Marty Brodeur's strong feeling of fairness in sports that drives him to imitate the imperfection of mortal goalies every game so that he can even the playing field. Fortunately for the Devils, most of the time he fails, because Marty is a bad actor.
Lastly, Trendon Lynch of On Fire correctly identifies a major source of the Devils' offensive woes pointed out in Rich Chere's summary of last night's game and yesterday's Tom Gulitti article: SHOOT!
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