Monday, April 30, 2007
April 2007 in Review & Devil of the Month
- Claude Julien was fired on April 2nd after the Devils' 3-1 win over Boston on April 1st. General manager, team president, CEO, and the guy this blog is named after, Lou Lamoriello stepped in at the head coaching position.
- Martin Brodeur ties the all-time regular season wins record with a 2-1 shootout win over Ottawa and more importantly...
- Martin Brodeur breaks that record in Philadelphia with a 3-2 win on April 5, 2007. The game also was the team's 49th of the season, setting a new all time franchise record for most wins in a season. It was also notable for clinching the Atlantic Division, the Devils' 7th division title and securing the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
- The Devils were denied a 50th win with a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders. However, it is of note because Scott Clemmensen got a start, Richard Matvichuk returned to the line up and was serviceable in the 12 minutes or so he played, and the Islanders' win meant they made the playoffs over the Toronto Maple Leafs (ha ha to Toronto).
- The Devils drew the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The series featured a whole lot of Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis slicing through the Devils defense, but the Devils ultimately got their heads straight and their games set. They proceeded to win 3 straight games after going down 2-1 in the series. Zach Parise scored a lot of goals in this one (6), Richard Matvichuk returned to regular duties on defense with an amazing 24 blocked shots in 4 games against Tampa Bay, and Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez stockpiled a lot of points; with Gomez leading the league in points after the series (2 G, 7 A at the time).
- The Devils then took on the Ottawa Senators in the second round. The series was tied after a not-so-good Game 1 and an improved Game 2. Currently, with the end of Game 3, the Senators have taken the lead in the series; but nothing is over.