Game by game comments right here....refs beware, I call it like I see it....no candy coating!!
Devils score in o/t, But Kerry Fraser had other plans fro The Devils.
You heard me right. Devils score in o/t, but Kerry Fraser the moron that he is, called a cheap penalty instead on a very questionable call that was let go the entire game before vs The Leafs. The shame of Kerry Fraser leaves a bad taste in all Devs fans mouths, as they had to pick their jaws off the floor.
Devils' 7 game unbeaten streak comes to end vs the defenseless Leafs. Oh The Shame!
Devils were off to sluggish start after their tear of the NHL recently. Leafs score a garbage goal at , with a deflection that eluded Marty and barely trickled in the five hole. Leafs got lucky again with another garbage goal by Matts Sundin at , on the first powerplay of the game. Marty managed to reach behind and pull the puck out of mid air, causing the 4 blind mice to go upstairs for review. Refs as usual making the whistles disappear with a lot of cheap calls left uncalled. Pat Burns gave the refs a little wake-up call with a tongue lashing. wake up you BUMS!! Devils bounce back with a bombardment from the J line that saw the 3 third shot go in off a Jeff Friesen pick-up at . This goal seemed to wake up the Devs.
Devils start off the second period sluggish again. Half way through they started to play their game again. This period clearly showed why the Leafs are notorious for taking dives. I will give them credit. They sure know how to run interference with their sticks. Ive seen well over 150 games this year, and no team runs more interference then the Leafs, and they wonder why they have so many penalty minutes. Easy call. Devils score twice on the same powerplay, this time the Leafs were unable to knock the net off at of the 2nd.
In the 3rd period we see more of the 4 blind mice as Stevenson gets cross checked in the back of the head and clips Belfour on the way down crashing to the ice. Who do you think gets the penalty? Thats right, The Devs, as another Leaf gets away with one. You getting this Kris King? Refs doing some flip flop even steven calls to cover their asses for painting themselves into a corner.
Well the NHLs worst defensive team gets away with a tan overtime win against a sluggish Devils.. Defence wins championships, if not you end up like the Leafs, 35 years and counting. Devs 7 game unbeaten streak comes to an end.
The good news is The Devs might get The Leafs first round if Philly takes The Atlantic. That's like a gift from the hockey gods!
Brodeur Gets League Leading 9th Shut-out, as well his 40th win this season, as 4 goal Touting Elias leads Devils to a 6-0 Thrashing of The Islanders
Martin Brodeur became the first NHL goaltender to post four 40-win seasons as the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders 6-0 Sunday.
Patrik Elias had career-best four goals and an assist, and linemate Scott Gomez had a career-best and a team-record tying five assists as the Devils extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2).
The win moved New Jersey four points ahead of the idle Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division and within four points of Ottawa in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The loss was the second straight for the Islanders, who seem to be losing their grip on the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference despite being four points ahead of the New York Rangers.
The teams will meet on Tuesday night at the Nassau Coliseum, and that game might be very interesting if the Rangers beat Atlanta on Monday night to move within two points of eighth place.
The Islanders have two more wins than the Rangers and would have the first tiebreaker should the teams finished tied.
However, if the Islanders play like they did in losing the last two games by a combined 11-2 margin, they will be in trouble.
Brodeur only had to make 19 saves in recording a league-high ninth shutout this season and the 64th of his career. It improved his record this season to 40-22-8, surpassing Jacques Plante and Terry Sawchuk in career 40-win seasons.
Elias and Gomez gave Brodeur the only goal he would need, setting up defenseman Scott Stevens in front of Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro at 5:04 of the first period.
Eli as got his first two goals in the second period and two more in the third as New Jersey beat the Islanders for the fourth time in five games (4-0-1).
Elias got his first at 11:52 of the second period, deflecting a Scott Niedermayer shot on a power play. He put in his own rebound after being set up by Gomez on a 4-on-4 situation.
Elias got the hat trick in the opening minute of the third period on a great setup in front by Brian Gionta, and he added his 27th of the season by poking a puck past DiPietro at 14:11.
Elias' hat trick was the sixth of his career, tying John MacLean for the team record. It was his first four-goal game, and fourth by a Devil.
Turner Stevenson closed out the scoring in the final minute on a give-away by DiPietro. Joe Nieuwendyk got an assist on the play, the 500th of his career.
Devils Stay on Top of The Atlantic Division with a 4-1 Win Over The Panthers
The Office Depot Center may not be a friendly place for the Florida Panthers, but it's been more than hospitable for New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Brodeur stopped 19 shots and the Devils got points from 11 different players in a 4-1 victory over the Panthers, who have lost a team-record seven straight home games.
Brodeur surrendered a power-play goal to Marcus Nilson in the third period but nothing else in improving to 9-0-1 in his last 10 trips to Florida.
New Jersey used a balanced attack and got a goal from each of its forward lines to remain four points ahead of second-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
The Panthers broke the record for home futility set from February 25-March 23, 1998. They are 0-10-2-1 at the Office Depot Center since a 3-2 overtime win against Carolina on January 25.
Devils give slight hope for the Rangers, as they down Islanders 4-2, as well as Flyers crash and Burn....
The New Jersey Devils opened some breathing room at the top of the Atlantic Division and prevented the New York Islanders from doing the same in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Jamie Langenbrunner and linemate Joe Nieuwendyk scored second-period goals and Martin Brodeur made a key late save as the Devils held on for their third straight win, 4-2 over the Islanders.
New Jersey has posted consecutive road victories for the first time since the end of January and leads second-place Philadelphia by four points. The Flyers were beaten Saturday afternoon by the New York Rangers, who climbed within four points of the Islanders for the final postseason spot in the East.
With New York's Arron Asham in the penalty box for slashing, New Jersey scored just its third power-play goal in 50 chances.
Goaltender Garth Snow was down on the ice after stopping shots by Jeff Friesen and Nieuwendyk and was helpless against Langenbrunner, who wristed a shot over him from the bottom of the left faceoff circle at 10:46 of the second period.
Just 4 1/2 minutes later, Nieuwendyk squeezed a tight-angle shot from the right side between Snow's pads for his 15th goal.
The Islanders climbed within 3-2 with 6:49 to go in the third on a power-play goal by defenseman Janne Niinimaa, who ended the Devils' penalty-killing streak at 35 chances. They had an opportunity to t ie in the final minute, but Brodeur denied Dave Scatchard on a stuff attempt at the right goalpost.
John Madden scored into an empty net with 48 seconds left as New Jersey improved to 3-0-1 against New York this season.
Devils Move Ahead of Flyers with 3-1 Win over the Pens.
(March 22nd) Patrik Elias and Jim McKenzie scored first-period goals Friday night as the New Jersey Devils regained sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Devils have 95 points, two more than the idle Philadelphia Flyers in the race for the division title. Both teams have nine games remaining.
Pascal Rheaume also scored for the Devils, while Corey Schwab, making only his eighth start, made 23 saves.
The Penguins extended their winless streak to 15 games (0-14-1), the second longest in team history. Rico Fata scored for Pittsburgh, whose goalie, Johan Hedberg, faced 42 shots.
The Devils had the adavantage over the Penguins in the first period, outshooting them 20-9 while building a 2-0 lead on goals by Elias and McKenzie.
Elias connected just 1:28 into the game, lifting a centering feed from Scott Gomez into the wide-open left side of the net.
McKenzie padded the lead as he followed his initial shot to the slot to swat the rebound past Hedberg.
Hedberg, under continuous pressure, made numerous tough saves, including a stop of Joe Nieuwendyk on a breakaway shortly after Elias' goal.
The tempo slowed in the second period, although New Jersey remained firmly in control. The Devils outshot the Penguins 14-6 in the period.
Pittsburgh finally broke through as Fata scored at 10:45 of the third period. Mathias Johansson took a point shot that Schwab stopped and Fata pounced on the rebound. He flubbed the first attempt, but connected on the second try.
Rheaume put New Jersey ahead 3-1 as he banked a shot off Hedberg's back.
(March 18th) It took the New Jersey Devils barely 24 hours to regain sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division.
Martin Brodeur grabbed a share of the league lead with his eighth shutout and Scott Gomez scored a power-play goal to give the Devils a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
One night after a 4-2 home loss to Philadelphia that coach Pat Burns called "the most disappointing of the season," New Jersey clamped down on Montreal, which faces an uphill battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Brodeur made 25 saves to tie Ottawa's Patrick Lalime and Chicago's Jocelyn Thibault atop the shutout list. It was the fifth time the Montreal native blanked the Canadiens, against whom he is 24-10-4 lifetime.
The Devils were in a 1-for-42 power-play slump before Gomez came through at 5:59 of the opening period. With Montreal's Niklas Sundstrom in the penalty box for hooking, Patrik Elias fired a blast from the right point that was kicked out by Jose Theodore. But Gomez leaned into a slap shot from the right faceoff circle and sent it just inside the left goalpost for his 12th goal.
Brodeur made it stand up and helped New Jersey kill five power plays, including two in the third period.
Devil's Slump Continues as Devs Fall to The Thrashers 3-2
(March 11th) First game with Marshall and Smehlik in the line-up. Gomez was a healthy scratch making the rumor mill go full tilt with the possibility of unreported trade. Mad-dog scored a short handed goal at of the first. The NJ fans were treated to a rare Ken Daneyko fight with The Thrashers Odgers. This was stemming from a Daneyko hit earlier in the game that saw Odgers thrown from his feet into the Devils net. Thrashers tie things up 14 minutes into the first.
Defense was out the window as Atlanta scored 54 seconds into the period. If the power play couldnt get any worse, the Thrashers score short handed 8 minutes into the 2nd.
Gionta scored 10 minutes into the third giving the Devil Hopeful something to hold on to. The Devils made the last 5 minutes as interesting and exciting as we could of asked from them, but fell short.
Nieuwendyk scored 2 goals as Corey Schwab brought Devils Home for a 4-1 Victory The Sabres.
The Empire Sports Announcers seemed very shocked that Corey Schwab started in net. Zhitnik made a blind backhand pass around the side boards, and was intercepted by Jiri Bicik. His shot hit off a Sabres player and Scott Gomez before ending up in front, where Elias backhanded it past Miller 1:55 after the opening faceoff. Elias is on fire as of late. Kalinin's giveaway set up a one-on-one chance for Nieuwendyk. After his first shot bounced off Miller's glove, Nieuwendyk stuffed the rebound into the corner of the net from a bad angle at 6:04 of the second period. Albelin ended a 37-game scoreless drought with a short-handed goal at 14:01 of the same period. Nieuwendyk scored on a rebound 77 seconds later as the Devils beat the Sabres for the third time in as many games this season. Brown spoiled Schwab's shutout bid with 6.1 seconds left in the second period. Go Devils Go!!
Devils Smoke Flyers 5-1
The Devils smoked the Flyers at the swamp. Brodeur came within of posting his fourth straight shutout and Daneyko had a rare goal and an assist. Way to go! Scott Niedermayer, Mike Rupp, Jay Pandolfo and Scott Gomez also scored as the Devils steamrolled the Flyers. Eric Chouinard scored the only flyer goal spoiling Brodeurs shutout. This team is hot! Go Devils go!!
Brodeur earns his 61st Career Shut-out!
Both the Devs and Red Wings looked a bit tired after their west coast swings. Both Brodeur & Legace were stellar in net. The Devils scored their only goal on a 3rd period power play as Niedermayer slapped it home from the point 3 minutes into the 3rd. Go Devils Go
Devils Sweep Hurricanes Home at Home Series, and show that they are a play-off powerhouse
Patrik Elias scored twice as the New Jersey Devils matched their season high with three power-play goals in beating the Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday night During their current run, the Devils have scored 26 goals and allowed only 11. They have also improved on special teams. Besides converting on 3-of-8 power-play chances, the Devils killed off all five Carolina power plays. Defenceman Ken Daneyko took a shot from the left point, and Hurricanes defenceman Aaron Ward tried to kick the puck to the corner. It went right to Elias for a shot into an open net at of the third with goalie Kevin Weekes on the other side of the net. Madden extended the advantage to 4-2 by putting in the rebound of Colin White's shot at . Stevenson added an empty-net goal with 15.7 seconds to play. Kevyn Adams and Erik Colee scored for Carolina.
Elias sealing the win
Who has who's number now?!?!
Nieuwendyk became the 32nd player in NHL history to score 500 goals Friday night when he beat Kevin Weekes in the first period of New Jersey's 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The entire New Jersey team left the bench to congratulate Nieuwendyk on his milestone. Nieuwendyk passed up a chance to score into an empty net last Friday night at Florida. Martin Brodeur also stopped 34 shots for his NHL-leading 24th victory as the Devils moved 14 games over .500. The win extended New Jersey's season-high unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1), while the Hurricanes matched a franchise record with their sixth straight home loss. Nieuwendyk's first-period goal got the Devils off to a fast start, then Brodeur took over. He stopped 20 shots in the second period alone, including six straight from point-blank range during a three-minute span. The Devils went up 2-0 with 14.3 seconds left in the second when Jan Hlavac got tangled behind the Carolina net with referee Mike Leggo and the puck was freed to Jamie Langenbrunner, who beat Kevin Weekes with a screen shot from the circle. A bad clearing pass by Glen Wesley found the stick of Nieuwendyk, who outraced Sean Hill down the left wing, faked out Weekes and easily slid the puck into the open net. Patrik Elias, who has a three-game goal streak, missed his first game of the season for New Jersey with back pain.
Illegal Goal gives Toronto the Win Despite being out shoot 51-19
You heard me right, the goal was illegal and under heavy protest by Pat Burns. The Devils protested the goal immediately after it was scored and refs skated away from Stevens and Niedermayer. This gave the Green enough time to switch sticks. The goal was scored w/ a broken stick which was confirmed by fox! Daaaaaaaa, what a bunch of morons. This is why they get paid $200,000 a year?!? To screw up and ignore important information?!? Burns wouldnt send a line out to the face-off following the illegal goal in protest.
The devils looked good for the majority of the game, but they did drag their asses for a good part of the game too. See my section of Toronto Leafs on the webpage of some serious thrashing for the way they poke fun at other teams because they are so insecure about the last 35 years!!!
Corey Schwab Shuts down The Maple Leafs with a Shutout as Devils Sink Toronto
You heard it right. Corey Schwab, the ex-leaf, shuts down his old team. Corey faced 17 shots (barely worthy of a mention). Bicep scored his first NHL goal (I was wondering about this guy) half way into the second, but this is where the Tucker story begins. Darcy went outside on Stevens and Scott made him pay by crushing him into the boards and down to the ice. Tuckers tampon fell out and then cross his legs with Stevens leg entangled. Stevens tried to break free by laying a nice shot to Tuckers head. Tucker then started throwing shots as if the Refs didnt have a clue what was going on, daaaaa. After they got up Tucker's mouth starting running a mile a minute at Stevens, so Stevens just plowed him. Then Tuckers boyfriend McCabe stood in for the injured Corson, by trying to intimidate Stevens (do they ever learn?) Now the Devils are going down the other way while this is all going down. Bicep takes a slap shot off the shoulder / mask of Belfour, scoring the first Devils goal. The other Devils goal was scored earlierin the first with a 2 on one break. Elias attempted the pass to Gomez, but it hit the Leaf defensemen and came back, and Elias put it 5 hole on Belfour. Corey Schwab was stellar in net. Way to go Corey!! Go Devils Go!!
Brodeur earns 59th career shutout as Devils blank Bruins with defensive chokehold
Pandolfo got the only Devil's goal with a bounce of his leg, coming from a nice feed from Madden with 4 minutes to go in the first. The devils put on a defensive chokehold that barely left breathing room for the Bruins. Brodeur played yet another stunning game! Brodeur is now tied for forth in the NHL for shutouts. I think he get number 5 thisweekend with the back to back games against Toronto. Go Devils Go!
Devils Win Big against Dallas in NJ
John Madden scored a pair of third-period goals as the New Jersey Devils picked up their fourth straight win over the Dallas Stars with a 5-3 triumph.
Madden gave the Devils a pair of two-goal leads. His second of the game and ninth of the season with 1:53 left sealed the win.
The Stars pulled to within 4-3 with 5:23 remaining on a power-play goal by former Devil Bill Guerin, who scored twice. Immediately after the goal, Madden took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
New Jersey killed the penalty and remained perfect against the Stars over the past three seasons. The teams also met in the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals, which the Devils won, four games to two.
The most recent matchup was a reunion for a number of players. It was the first meeting between the teams since the Devils acquired Jamie Langenbrunner, who had a goal and two assists, and Joe Nieuwendyk for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a draft pick in March.
2 Dallas goals should have penalties, but the refs decided to ignore their duties causing John Madden to blow his lid for a unsportsmenlike penalty. You suck refs!
Oleg laying down the body
Brodeur gets 3rd shut-out of the season, as Devils down Blues 2-0
Isn't Marty the greatest goalie ever? Jim Mckenzie scored his first goal of the season at the 14 minute mark of the first period. Turner Stevenson also scored in the 2nd to give the Devs the lead that would last till the end. Way to go Devils!!
(sorry that I haven't kept up, been very busy)
Papa Smurf Gionta Wins it in Overtime, Broduer gets the shutout in NHL Record Setting Night
What a great game. Lots of big hits and chances by both teams. The refs unfortunately ruined a part of the game with absolutely ludicrous calls. Primeau-donna cross checked / boarded Scott Niedermayer into the boards (fortunately Niedermayer wasnt killed!). Niedermayer got up and gave Premeau-donna a face rub with the gloves. Colin White came in for good measure, and then Niederemayer unloaded for the cheap shot he took. Colin White got the gate, but Primeau-donna was allowed to stay for his boarding, which is automatic ejection. More Empty promises from Bettman!!
Later in the game Roenick did a dirty hit on Oleg and Laggenbrunner was there to set it straight. It wasnt much of a fight, but the moron ref decided to give Laggenbrunner the instigator. What the F%@& is wrong with these refs? They dropped their glove 1 second apart. MORONS!
The score remained 0-0 and overtime we go. Broduer made the save of the game by denying Gagne. Gagne froze Broduer and faked right to put it away , but Broduer laid down his arm and stopped the puck!! ! minute later Elias broke down the left side and made a picture perfect pass to Gionta, who put it home.
This game was an NHL record. The Flyers and Devils have played 4 1-0 games in a row, dating back to last year. Congrats to Martin Brodeur for playing 207 minutes of shut out hockey vs the flyers.
Jeff Friesen Scores Overtime winner in Best Ovetime this Writer has seen all year
(Nov.30th) @ St. Louis WIN 5-4 o/t. This game was one of the most exciting games this year. Great clean game with barely no interference from the refs. Scott gomez scores Devs first goal by collecting his own rebound and putting it past Brathwaite. It took St. Louis all of 2 minutes to tie things up. Sloppy play lead to a turnover and another Blues goal.
2nd period, Devs powerplay had Niedermayer go in deep and set up Stevenson for a top of the circle slap shot that tied up the game. Once again it took St. Louis less then a minute to regain the lead. A Devs powerplay saw Gionta hit the post.
3rd period Gointa batted home a Gomez pass to tie the game at 3. 8 minutes into the period, Niedermayer took the puck into the blue's zone, deking 3 Blues, instead of dishing it over to a fellow Dev, he put it past a very surprised Braithwaite. 2 minutes later Blues tie it up again.
Overtime saw some of the best saves this year by Broduer. He was just amazing!! Devil dodge a bullet and head down to St. Louis' zone and Jeff Friesen took a pass from Nieuwndyk, faked the shot (totally fooled the goalie) and put it home! Devils do it again in overtime. Go Devils Go!!
JUST FOR THE RECORD:
Rule 70 (b) states that a puck that deflects into the net off a player who doesn't use "a distinct kicking motion" is a legitimate goal. Since Madden's skate hardly turned as it made contact with the puck - it certainly didn't move in a kicking motion - the goal probably should've counted.
Bad Officiating Alert
Refs totally screw up, totally totally screw up and give the game to The Red Wings.
The Devils were clearly under the microscope. Colin White 3 penalties. One for a slash, which occured 10 times by the Wings with no calls. Obstruction was the name of tonight's game. Clearly the refs were not interested in the hooking calls that could of been called against Detroit. Devils score in o/t but it was taken away. I could argue that it was a goal, but remember Brett Hull's cup winning goal against Buffalo, one rule for the NHL's favorites, another rule for the rest of us. Bullshit!!!!!!!!!
Devils Storm Back in 3rd Period and win in Overtime!
How do you spell dive? B-U-F-F-A-L-O. Yeah they are in last place for a reason. They spend more time diving then playing hockey. Even Brodeur got a penalty in this obstruction filled affair. It was very evident that the Buffalo game plan was to run down Broduer. Buffalo started their secret weapon, goaltender (Hasek wannabe) Miller.
1st:Devils find themselves under the microscope as they suffer a 5-3 power kill. Buffalo scores their first goal. Broduer makes some great saves keeping the game close.
2nd:It seemed that the only team the refs were after was the team in white. Several penalties and a Buffalo power play goal later, I could see the game fading away.
3rd: The Sabres finally got a penalty and a Tverdovsky screened shot made its way home. Power play goal! The Devs finally get some much need motivation. Just when you thought the refs took the winds of the Devs sail with yet another 5-3 Buffalo power play, the puck is sent out to John Madden coming out of the penalty box. Madden makes them pay by putting it home. Not even a minute later Jeff Friesen put another one home to give the Devs the lead. Once again the refs raise their ugly head giving Danton and a Sabre player 2 minutes each for a BUMP! If the refs called the bloody obstruction instead of the bullshit, we may be able to salvage the game. Buffalo scored on the 4 on 4. Whatever!
O/T: Niedermayer scores with a very patient goal off the Sabre Defensemen.
Hey Dougie, I didn't know you could fly
Poor Effort by Devils Earn them a Loss
(Nov.16th) @ Montreal Loss 3-1. As predicted. They came out flat and looked like crap, with only a few highlights here and there, but after the spanking they gave Montreal the night before I expected this. Montreal was playing some very desperate hockey tonight.
Langenbrunner Scored 2 as Devils give the Habs a Spanking.
(Nov.15th) vs Montreal Win 5-1. Man did the Devils lay a spanking on Montreal by out shooting them 44-22. It seemed that Hacket could barely hold on at times. The score could have easily have been 10-1. Hacket kept them from free falling. The power play was on fire scoring 3 times! I bet they come out flat tomorrow night.
Madden about to lay another spanking on the Habs
Langenbrunner Scores in Overtime to Lift The Devils Past The Mighty Ducks
It wasnt that the Devils played bad. They just ran into a very hot goalie in Jean-Sebastien Giguere. It was also the return of Petr Sykora. The power play showed no sign of life at times, even surrendered a short handed goal.
Ducks strike early and McDonald surprised Brodeur to make it 1-0 Ducks. This lead would stand for most of the game. Then Chouinard scored a short handed goal to lift the Ducks to a 2-0 lead 7 minutes into the 3rd. The lead lasted all of 84 seconds as Langenbrunner put one in, followed 29 seconds later by Scott Gomez to tie the game.
3 minutes into overtime Langenbrunner put home a Scott Stevens rebound to beat the super hot Ducks goaltender. The power play still needs to gel!
Bad officiating alert
Bad officiating alert
Devils Sloppy Play Pails in Comparison To Officiating
This game stinked from the first penalty, which was a dive. Oilers score. Next penalty DIVE! Devils get screwed and screwed and screwed. Dayton gets a penalty for a perfectly clean hit.Joke! The Refs even allowed Niedermayer, in the 3rd , to get hauled down which lead to 3 on 1 goal. Bettman get some real refs. These minor league refs cannot manage a game with 12 year olds, never mind the NHL.
Devils played a sloppy first period in which they Never gel-ed, even for a second. The power play was a complete joke which earned the boos of the devils faithful. Oilers take a dive right off the hop. There is no honor in diving!! Madden goes to the box and the Oilers score quick. 17 minutes into the first Ryan Smyth takes a retarded dive like a schoolgirl doing ballet. Colin White goes to the box. Joke! Oilers score and score again, Devils sloppy play put them behind the 8 ball. The refs put their whistles in their pockets and ignores all that happened to the team in white. My blood is boiling, so Im calling this a day. Devils play a strong third, and refs screw that up too. Empty net and thats it.
Refs Marc Joannette and Brad Watson can go back to reffing 12 year olds, YOU SUCK!!
Brodeur gets his 56th career shutout!
(Nov.7th) @ Filthydelphia WIN 1-0 First period saw some bigs hits, including the running down of Brodeur By Filthys big dummy Primeau. Scott Stevens made sure he learned quick. No scoring in the first. 1 penalty to each team, with no goals. 2nd period was filled with the same.
Why do the refs have to ruin a perfect game, laced with obstruction. Elias gets called for holding the stick with his armpit (which was really him get hooked originally) Puts his arms straight up in the air after he figures out with the Filthydelphia player is up too.. Then it became a 5 on 3 with a dive by Gagne, as Niedermayer took him out from the front of the net. The dive was confirmed by the commentators in case you were wondering. The penalty kill put the flyers in a chokehold, Flyers came up with nothing! With 7 minutes left in the period, some bad give aways had the puck end up in the Flyers zone. Desjardens coughed up the puck to Lagenbrunner who put it home under the crossbar. The Devils defended their lead by containing the Flyers for the rest of the game. Another dive by fithydelphia that draws a penalty (Im really starting to lose respect for their Eastern Conference Lead). Their own fans boo their power play. Dont see a penalty kill like the Devils too often, do they? No shots on goal on the power play for the Flyers for the entire game! Elias hits the post on the empty net. Brodeur gets his career 56th shutout! Way to go Devils!!!!!
Devils continued their Dominance of The Chicago Black Hawks with a 5-1 Stomping
(Nov.2nd) Win 5-1. I didn't see the game, so I borrowed the comments from faceoff.com:
Jamie Langenbrunner got New Jersey going with a goal 10 seconds into the game and added another goal in the first period, helping the Devils rout Chicago 5-1 Saturday.
The Devils have won six straight games against the Blackhawks.
The line of Langenbrunner, Jay Pandolfo and John Madden combined for six points, with Pandolfo getting a goal and an assist and Madden chipping in with two assists.
Lyle Odelein scored for Chicago (5-4-1-0), which had been unbeaten in four.
The Devils built a 3-0 lead against backup goaltender Steve Passmore in the first period. Madden rode Blackhawks defenceman Alexander Karpovtsev off the puck to create the scoring chance for Langenbrunner at the goalmouth, and he made it 1-0 right off the mark.
The line struck again at 3:32, when Pandolfo knocked in the puck as it rolled through the crease for his first goal.
Langenbrunner stripped Chris Simon of the puck for an unassisted goal with 1:41 left in the first. New Jersey outshot Chicago 11-4 in the period.
Chicago regrouped and was more competitive in the second period, rewarded when Odelein beat Brodeur at 1:19.
Nieuwendyk scored 36 seconds into the third period to make it 4-1, and Elias added another goal at 7:51 to complete the scoring, ripped a wrist shot from from the off-wing between Passmore's legs.
Devils out shot Canes 35-11, but don't get win at obstruction festival
(Oct.29th) Loss 2-1 This game left off where the other Canes meeting left off. Obstruction no call zone. I swear to god all I see is players being pulled down. There were no penalties in the first. Nuff said. Canes scored a fluky goal after White lost his man. Devils answer back 3 minutes later with a Friesen rocket glove side that fooled Weekes.
Period 2 saw some pretty good stick handling by Elias, again obstruction rose its ugly head as Devils players ended up in the net after puckless take downs. Again the Canes ran interference, with Oneil rubbing out Scott Stevens, then heads to the front of the net to deflect the puck in, the only way to beat Brodeur, deflected in Yawn!! The refs tried to make it up to the Devils by calling the Canes (finally!!) on some obstruction. Devils had a 5 on 3 player play midway through the period. The best the Devils could mustard up was a post from Elias. Man the Devils power play sucks!! The Devils power kill however is brilliant as Elias got a breakaway and beat everyone, but Weekes managed to put his pad down to save the Canes lead. The Canes may have the lead, but they are being badly outplayed. Shots on goal after two prove this 28-11. Talk about Flukes
The 3rd period saw the Devils continually bombard the Canes net. Obstruction was clearly in full force with no calls again as every single puckless Devil heading to the net was hauled down. Sick. Still the Devils managed to outplay the Canes, and make them look bad they did. Weekes continued to pull rabbits out his ass, and the Devils frustrations started to show. The obstructions continued, but wait. The ref calls one! Devils didnt manage to score (big surprise), but I counted yet another 5-8 obstruction no calls. Afraid of a 5-3 ref? Sick. Devils get a penalty, hey maybe the power kill will score again? Nope. Weekes still manages to save the Canes from the onslaught of Devil chances. Refs after 3-4 obstructions call one, yeah!!! The brutal power play goes to work again. Some good chances, but Weekes manages to keep the puck out. Devils penalty again. The damn Devils power kill is better then the power play. Hurricanes looked lost the entire power play! Devils fall to the Canes despite destroying them in shots 35-11.
Next game vs. Chicago.
Devils end Lightnings undefeated streak
Tonight looked to be the proving ground for the Devils against an undefeated Tampa Bay Lightning. TampaBay elected to go with the back up goalie Kevin Hodson. Never the less, the Devils power play went to work. Nieuwendyk scored off a Niedermayer slap shot. That goal ended a dreadful 2 for 36 power play run. 15 minutes into the 1st saw Jeff Friesen take a shot that was stopped, then an uncovered Elias scored with a loose puck scramble to the left of the goalie, giving the Devils a 2-0 lead. Devils out shot the Lightning 13-5 in the first period.
The Devils continued their domination with a quick goal by Guolla who banged in his own rebound 5 minutes into the second. 19 minutes to go and Langenbrunnermade a beautiful feed to John Madden who put it away. This goal is a high light reel!!
Brodeurs shot-out went up in smoke with 9 minutes left in the 3rd as The Lightning managed to put one passed the Devils Great One. 14 minutes into the third, Scott Stevens made a tape to tape pass to Madden, at Tampas blue line, who went in and put it home, as he scored his second goal of the night to give The Devils a 5-1 lead. The Tampa Bay Lightnings undefeated streak came to end.
Daneyko 255 game scoreless streak is over!!
You heard it right. Ken Daneyko scored his first goal since 1999 at 17 minutes into the first period. The Devils looked good again tonight, with their suffocating defense, Burns style. Brodeur was at his best stopping the Sabres at every corner. Sabres tied things up in the third with a Stu Barnes goal that Brodeur made me believe he had. Not to worry as Brylin deflected a Rafalski slap shot top shelf into the net with 1 minute into the 3rd period. Thats all the goals the Devils would need as Brodeur closed the door on the Sabres with some amazing saves!! The Devils powerplay went 0-5 tonight, which is getting a bit scary at times. Hopefully Burnsy will fine tune it. The offense may not be there in record numbers, but I believe that will change once the chemistry kicks in. Go Devils Go!
Brodeur 1 second away from shut-out!
(Oct.23rd) @ Thrashers WIN 2-1 Very unexciting game with almost no opened up hockey. Lots of fights to start the period off, with both Mckenzie and Stevenson dropping the gloves, as well as dropping their opponents. Stevenson would end up fighting five minutes later again. What a diehard Stevenson is. The Devils scored first blood with a beautiful Gomez pass to Friesen who scooped the puck top shelf over Hnilicka at in the 1st. Gionta had a breakaway, with seconds left, and beat Hnilicka, but hit the post.
Gomez scored his 1st goal of the year with a bad clearing attempt for Atlanta. Brodeur looked absolutely brilliant with his amazing saves, as Devs fans have come to expect. Not much to report for the rest of game. Thanks to a Friesen penalty with 30 seconds left, the Thrashers managed to break Brodeurs shut-out with 1.7 seconds left. Damn!The Devils have to score more goals! Its very earlier in the season, but they should be scoring more with their opposition being some what weak in the standings.