Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Postgame: Devils 2 - Rangers 1

The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 2 to 1 last night. The Devils have won their final regular season home game against the Rangers (and quite possibly their last ever home game against the Rangers in East Ruthersford) at the Continental Airlines Arena. As always, has the official score sheet and official super stats, linked respectively.

Well, I'm late to watching this one, but I'm glad I saw it - it was a classic game with a classic finish. Since I saw it late, I'll refer you to the following for a more complete recap. I'll be brief for a change.
There are three things I want to highlight from the game.
  1. Scott Gomez is a solid player. Brian Gionta is still out with a groin pull and Patrik Elias had to sit out due to the flu. Did that hurt Gomez' performance? If it did, no one noticed; he was flying all night long and was quite creative.
  2. Zach Parise took part of one of the greatest sequences of events I ever saw a hockey player do. At the start, the Rangers were swarming Brodeur trying to jam a rebound home. I believe Defense 101 says to knock any forwards attempting to do this right on their bottoms. Parise did just that to Petr Prucha with authority. The Devils then pick up the loose puck and start a fast counter-attack that leads to some key passes in the neutral zone and at the blueline right to - that's right - Zach Parise who skated like hell to get forward in open space. Parise then puts a hard shot on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, goes after his own rebound, and just when you think the chance has gone, Parise directs the puck hard enough and with the right direction to knock it off defenseman Karel Rachunek's stick and into the net. It was easily the most impressive act of the night and arguably the most amazing goal the Devils have scored all season.
  3. The most impressive stat, however, is as follows:
  • Jaromir Jagr, 21:41 of ice time, 0 shots on goal.
  • Cam Janssen, 3:54 of ice time, 2 shots on goal.
The win increases the Devils' lead on the division and the Devils get to do it again tomorrow night. It's very comforting to know that the team can still play hard and win without their captain and leading scorer as well as their leading goal scorer and still beat a team who desperately needs points. GO DEVILS!


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