Thursday, December 19, 2013

Devils offense explodes over Senators 5-2

The New Jersey Devils unloaded some offense on Wednesday night with a five goal explosion on the Ottawa Senators and defeated Ottawa 5-2 at the Rock.
The Devils received goals from five different players in the win paced by Jaromir Jagr (12 power play),Damien Brunner (8),Eric Gelinas (4),Stephen Gionta (1 shorthanded) and Reid Boucher (1).
Martin Brodeur finished with 23 saves in net for New Jersey as he earned the victory in goal.
The Devils have today off and will play Anaheim Friday at the Rock before a Saturday night game in Washington.

Hell Raisers

1) Stephen Gionta returned from the disabled list and scored shorthanded minutes into the game after a miscue by Ottawa's Joe Corvo to keep the puck in the zone.
Gionta and Adam Henrique then worked a nice 2 on 1 breakaway for the goal and that set the stage for the tempo of the game thereafter..

2) First NHL goal for Reid Boucher in this one as he took a bullet off the boards fired by Eric Gelinas that rebounded to Boucher for the shot that beat Robin Lehrer for the tally.
Peter DeBoer said Boucher reminds him of Mark Recchi,That would give the Devils their best home grown forward since Zach Parise.Not bad.

3) Had to love Damien Brunner's second period goal.
Not only was the goal highlight reel worthy,it was a backbreaker after Ottawa cut the lead to 3-1 and seemed to have the momentum shifting their way.
Brunner's play has improved tremendously since his scratching against the Red Wings a while back...

4) Good start from Martin Brodeur as he allowed two goals with one in garbage time with the game already decided.
The question is which game of the back to back will bring the great one to the ice-home vs Anaheim or in D.C?

5) Jaromir Jagr's goal was not just a goal,it was a goal that moved him into eighth of all time (693) past Steve Yzerman and since Ottawa scored a garbage goal,was considered the game winner.
The game winner finally broke the all time record of Gordie Howe in that category.

6) So yet again,the Devils seem to be on the verge of turning a corner.
The Devils are one of three teams at 34 points in the division and just one point behind Carolina and have won two in a row.
Getting one of the next two would be helpful,but is it too much to ask for two wins?
That would be four in a row and finally some consistency in the lineup...

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