If there is one thing I am going to remember about the Devils 2009/2010 season, it's going to be the Kovalchuk trade but if there is one other thing I will remember, its that the Devils won son many games by playing an excellent first period and then holding on the final two periods to secure the "W". Of cours, I just don't think that is a great recipe for winning in the post-season.
Last nights game against Boston followed this game play. The Devils came out, handed it to the Bruins and then played "Hold On Hockey." Brodeur stopped 34 shots, including 14 in the third period, in earning his 38th victory of the season. He also notched his third assist of the season on David Clarkson's breakaway goal at 17:23 of the first that gave the home team a 2-0 lead. Speaking of Clarkson's goal, it was a beauty because Marty was able to glove down the puck and make a tape to tape pass with a breaking Clarkson. I am sure it felt good for Clarkson since the last time these two teams met, Clarkson fractured his leg on a Chara slap shot.
I'm happy with the win but I certainly would like to see this team not just sit back when getting a 3-0 lead. They did it a few weeks ago in San Jose when they were up 4-0 and let SJ back in the game and did it again last night.
The win last night marked 4 home wins in a row and now have the Devils trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins by 2 points for the top spot in the Altantic Division. Oh, look at that, Pittsburgh comes back to town tomorrow night in a game we've all been looking forward to as the Devils pull out the old Red and Green Jerseys.
My Three Stars Last Night:
1. David Clarkson: 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 3 Shots on Goal
2. Zach Parise: 1 Goal (GWG), 3 Shots on Goal
3. Marty Brodeur: 1 Assists, Stopped 34 of 36 shots.