Thursday, February 21, 2008
Devils 3 - Sharks 2
- The Devils were strong in both ends and succeeded in hammering Carolina with offensive pressure and shots. Rare in general and in a matinée.
- Carolina's defense was a joke, seemingly half a step behind in coverage all game and allowing the Devils to keep up pressure. I can't believe I'm writing this, but they have to be missing Mike Commodore's stability. No, seriously, he actually was a leading defensemen in ice time among the Canes.
- The Devils didn't suffer at the hands of back up John Grahame, but thrived, which is rare.
- The Devils won 5-1 and the win pushed them to a tie in first place in the conference. What more can one ask for?
- OK, one more point. In my opinion, Andy Greene had an impressive game with 2 hits and 4 blocked shots. It's impressive considering he's been on the outside looking in on the blueline for the past few weeks. Good to see him take advantage of his ice time.
- Jonathon Cheechoo got the game's first goal by tying up Martin Brodeur with his stick from behind, and tapping the puck bouncing off the boards just inside.
- The Devils responded when Thomas Greiss - San Jose's back up goaltender - went out for a loose puck, missed the poke check (thanks to Jamie Langenbrunner bravely going after the puck), had the puck bounce off his legs, and allowed Zach Parise to take it and put it in the empty net.
- The Devils went up 2-1 when John Madden tucked a puck between Greiss' left skate and the post.
- Sergei Brylin capped off the second period with a fairly average speed shot squeaking through Greiss' legs and in.
- Kyle McLaren's shot was re-directed by Brian Gionta to beat Martin Brodeur in the third.
Oddly enough, San Jose effectively curtailed the Devils' attack by limiting them to 20 shots on net, 17 blocked shots (!!), and 10 missed shots. San Jose got more on net with 32; but it didn't matter. The Devils got the breaks, as they keep on winning. San Jose definitely did not, as they earn their third straight loss on the road and their fifth straight winless game. Considering San Jose went into this road trip with more wins than any other NHL team and while challenging for a top spot in the West, this entire experience must be very demoralizing. On paper, they did a lot of things right. But the Devils out did them in faceoffs, got out hit, and while neither team really outworked the other, the Devils capitalized on plays which normally most don't capitalize on. But that's just example #2.
This is Example #3.
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