Saturday, November 11, 2006
Postgame: Devils 4 - Florida 2
Believe it or not, the Devils had 7 powerplays and converted on three of them! Yes! More than two goals were scored in the game for the win AND goals were scored on the power play! I know, you're probably thinking, "What the hell, John F, you're making me dizzy with all of this shocking news. What's next, you telling me Patrik Elias scored a goal?"
Well, sit down because he DID. He scored the FIRST power play goal, a loose puck drilled into the bottom right corner. Zach Parise scored the second power play goal of the night for NJ in a similar fashion - with Oduya getting the puck in with great strength. The third power play goal was a Brian Rafalski wrister from the point deflected by Sergei Brylin to beat Eddie Belfour. The fourth goal came from a beautiful feed from Jim Dowd that threaded the needle to a wide-open Jamie Langenbrunner in the slot who easily directed it into the net for the fourth goal.
On Florida's end, Stephen Weiss scored on his own rebound on a Panthers power play in the second period. He Who Shall Not Be Named For Reasons I'll Explain Later beat Marty cleanly with a laser to the roof of the net for Florida's second goal. Beyond those two, the Devils defense didn't let the Panthers get too many looks at Brodeur for the first 40 minutes. The Panthers were held to 20 shots, only 9 in the first two periods. What really hurt Florida was penalties. 12 total penalties for the Panthers, giving the Devils 7 power play opportunities. NJ made them pay on three of them; Cam Janssen and Mike Rupp made Steve Montador and Bryan Campbell pay in fights which lead to 4 of the other 5 penalties for Florida (the one missing was a coincidental call).
The Devils got 24 on Belfour, 4 went in, with the Devils going 3 for 7 on the power play. Brylin, Parise, and Elias are your stars of the game in order. Maybe the flood gates will open for the Devils offense, especially for Patrik Elias now that he finally got one. Here is the NHL boxscore and official super stats for the game from NHL.com.
Thanks to the Washington Capitals for beating the New York Rangers 3-1; this win puts the Devils at the top of the Atlantic Division with 10 wins, 5 losses, and 1 shootout/OT loss.
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