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Devils Weekly: Kovalchuk, Parise Leading NJ’s Bounceback

Carey Price saves Zach Parise's penalty shot (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Another Pair of OT Victories

Coming off four straight losses the Devils were firing on all cylinders against the Maple Leafs. Clarkson and Kovalchuk scored a pair of power play goals in the first period. After that, the Leafs were all over New Jersey and the Devils were really fortunate to get the game into overtime. The majority of the play throughout the second and most of the third period was played in the Devils defensive zone. As always, the Devils are so good in overtime and Clarkson added his second of the day. The win gave the Devils a much-needed two points.

The Devils then picked up another overtime win, this time in a shootout against the Senators. In a rather crazy game, the Devils fell behind 3-0 before storming back to score four straight goals. The Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk line really dominated the game. They’ve begun to play like well, the way they’re suppose to. Any time you have two 40-goal scorers on the same line you expect them to score goals. It wouldn’t be a Devils week without allowing a shorthanded goal and the Devils didn’t disappoint. They allowed a shorthanded goal with five seconds left in regulation. The Devils dominated the overtime but just couldn’t score, but all was well because they converted 3/4 opportunities (Parise, Elias, Henrique) to get the shootout victory.

Price Steals One

The week ended alittle sourly for the Devils, they lost 2-1 to Montreal. The Devils didn’t play particularly poorly, they just ran into a hot goaltender. Carey Price really was the difference for the Canadiens. the biggest save of all was a penalty shot with 47 seconds left against Parise, who is so good at shootout opportunities. It just wasn’t meant to be, the Devils still have to feel good about the way they’re playing. It appears like they’ve righted the ship.

Hedberg Hangs On vs. Bolts

Parise, Kovalchuk, and Adam Henrique (short-handed) scored in the second period Monday night to give the Devils a 5-2 lead, but the Lightning came storming back, with two goals from Steven Stamkos (including one with less than a minute to go) to give the Devils a bit of a scare. But, Hedberg held on, finishing with 32 saves on the night.

Quick Notes:

  • Marty was pulled after the first period against the Senators but was right back in net against the Canadiens. It was suspected that he might have been hurt but it just appears to have been a coach’s decision.
  • Andy Greene suffered a broken toe and it looks like he’ll miss at least a month of action. It’s a huge blow to the Devils blueline.
  • Both Kovalchuk and Parise had six-game points streaks snapped against the Canadiens. Kovalchuk had four goals during that streak.
  • The Devils allowed their first two power play goals at home all season this week (against Ottawa and Montreal), an impressive streak that lasted over 40+ power plays.

Three Stars

Ilya Kovalchuk

The aggresiveness is back in his offensive game. The big thing about Kovalchuk is that he’s putting more pucks on net, he’s shooting a lot more. The results have been good the Devils.

David Clarkson

Two goals in his hometown of Toronto, including the game-winner. Clarkson already has nine goals, which ties him for the team lead with Patrik Elias.

Zach Parise

The penalty shot miss aside, it’s been a great stretch the Devils captain. That being said, the goals are still not flowing the way we’re accustomed to seeing for Zach. I’m confident they will come but goals are fluky, his influence on the ice far exceeds the score sheet.

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