Welcome back Devils Fans! Im on a "back-to-back" blog swing (last nights post game review along with tonight's article). We kick off this week's installment with the beginning of a four game win streak, better yet, a game in which New Jersey would romp the New York Rangers. The current win streak compiled of four wins all against Atlantic Division rivals (one against the Rangers, two over the Islanders, and one against the Flyers) amassing for 8 points which currently places the team in the 6th spot in the East with a matchup tomorrow evening, closing out a home and home against the Flyers in Philadelphia.
The game against the Rangers on Tuesday one was a BIG responding game to their previous loss against the Rags back on February 27th. New Jersey showed both New York and the league that they are not a team to be messed with. If you can beat the 1st ranked team, weather its in the East or the West, you've presented enough evidence that you're a contender; if, in New Jersey's case, you can manage to win 3 of 5, I feel you've got what it takes to be a real powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with come the post season. With one more game remaining between these two teams this season (Monday, March 19th in MSG) and this being a potential first round matchup (if NJ can climb to 5th & NYR drops to 4th thanks to the help of the streaking Pens, winners of 9 straight) which would be a blood bath! New York's "King Henrik" would get lit up a total of 4 times by Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson, Ryan Carter and an empty netter by Patrik Elias would stave off the Rangers and their, rather weak showcasing of hockey in last Tuesday's game. Final score at The Rock, New Jersey 4-1 New York Rangers.
Streaking is the name of the game when you're part of the Devils. After we had a technical problem here on the site which wouldnt allow me to post our game recap for Thursday nights game at home against the Islanders. As you could assume by the the opening sentence here, the Devils pulled out the "W" over the Isles in Part 2 of the Trilogy. After dropping the first of 3 matchups between the teams over the course of one week on Sunday afternoon in Long Island, New Jersey would strike big on the Isles, 5 goals for the Devs, 3 of which were scored by OUR King, "King Kovy". Kovalchuk recorded his 2nd Hat Trick of the season in a blow out, all around team performance over the Isles beating Nabokov, who only recorded 15 saves on the night. Other than Ilya's 3, David Clarkson and Patrik Elias would record tallies in the victory before returning back to Long Island for the conclusion of a week filled with New York rivals. 5-1 the score against the Isles.
Long time no see... New York Islanders playing host to the New Jersey Devils. My 2nd game in attendance in the last week of play between these two teams resulted a bit better than the first game I went to. A fairly even paced matchup between these two clubs would see a scorless game from both Andres Nilsson and The Moose, Johan Hedberg until the middle of the 3rd period. With what, from my seats, appeared to be a predominantly "road team favored crowd", there were "Moose" calls shouted down from the nosebleeds all the way to the lower bowl sections behind Hedberg, who was spot on until scored on by Isles All-Star, John Tavares with just over 10 minutes left in the 3rd period. A game played the way it was thus far seemed to be a mimmic of Sunday's defeat to the same Islanders hockey club. With just over a minute left on the clock, the ever so explosive David Clarkson would squeeze the puck in between the post and Nilsson's body for the tying goal. A mere 14 seconds later on the powerplay, Marek Zidlicky cranked a shot from the blue line, resulting in the puck finding a home in the back of the net. New Jersey 2, New York 1. The Devils, winners of 3 straight.
With Marty Brodeur back in net and the Devils back on home ice a day after a dramatic victory over the Isles, New Jersey would look down ice at Sergei Bobrovsky and the sizzling hot Philadelphia Flyers, winners of THEIR previous 5 games. The Devils game with their big guns in this game. New Jersey scored in the closing minute of play in the first period on a Patrik Elias feed from Clarkson who's having a career season, and Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovy would tack on a goal and a second assist by nights end. Big saves were made on both ends of the rink multiple times by the Vet and the Kid, Brodeur and Bobrovsky. Bob finished up the game stopping 27 of 31 shots faced while Brodeur was NEARLY PERFECT in his 650th career victory, shutting down 18 of 19 shots on goal, the lone tally was by Claude Giroux.
New Jersey's record in the last week of play was a perfect 4-0-0. Currently tied with Philadelphia for 5th, tomorrow's game in Philly will be a BIG swing in momentum for which ever team wins (even though we know the Flyers got nothing on New Jersey). Be sure to check our site again tomorrow evening after the Devils Flyers game. To hear the latest Devils information, be sure to follow us on twitter at @RWTDblog @DEVIN88MATTERA @RealScottRobb and our newest writer @Rvaidya33 and you can like us on our facebook page! From all of us here at Running With The Devils, I'm Devin Mattera, you stay classy Devils Fans.