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Brian Compton joins Chris Botta in studio

Islanders/Senators recap
Nabokov extension talk
Rangers/Rick Nash rumors

Dave Lozo of NHL.com calls in
The latest on Rick Nash and Michael Sauer

Billy Jaffe of NHL Network and MSG calls in
How are the Devils doing it?
Devils at the deadline?
Rick Nash: Now or Never?

The Forecast
Chris and Brian answer fans tweets about all 3 local teams and look at tonight’s games

Read: ESPN Power Rankings Week 21

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ESPN has posted their power rankings for the week. After how well the Devils have been since the All Star break it should not surprise anyone that they have cracked the top 5 in the power rankings and 4th place in the East. The Devils offense has been phenomenal, scoring almost at will. ESPN points out at the Devils have not given up 3 goals in almost a month. The Devils can thank the strong play of their defense and Martin Brodeur returning to a form we have come to know from the future Hall of Famer.

Photo Of The Game: Brodeur Eyeing Down Montreal

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Martin Brodeur got his 21st win of the season in a 21 save effort against his hometown Montreal Canadiens. It could be Brodeur’s last time playing in Montreal should he retire at the end of the season. The win moves the Devils into 4th place in the East conference and puts the Devils 9 points behind the conference leading New York Rangers.

Final: Devils 3 Canadiens 1

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Parise (22)
Second Period- Clarkson (22)
Third Period- Pacioretty (25) and Taormina (1)

Next Game: 2/21 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 pm.

Martin Brodeur Postgame:
“It’s been going well, there’s no doubt about that. The team is playing really well. We found our game all together and we’ve been rolling. So we just have to keep that going and try to get ourselves into the playoffs.”

Team Stats:
Canadiens outdrew the Devils 26-22
Devils outshot the Canadiens 25-22
Devils went 0 for 0 on the power play.
Canadiens outhit the Devils 25-12

Player Stats:

Another great overall effort for the New Jersey Devils. Martin Brodeur played well but the injured defense stepped up and didn’t have to rely on Brodeur too much. The Devils forecheck also gave help to the defense and Brodeur. The Devils can play like they did today against the Toronto Maple Leafs, they’ll be able to keep rein on the Maple Leafs offense.

Photo Of The Game: Celebrating Zubrus

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Dainius Zubrus celebrates Alexei Ponikarovsky’s goal in front of Ducks goaltender Joan’s Hiller. The Devils would go on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shoot out last night at the Prudential Center.

Final: Devils 3 Ducks 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Henrique (15) and Ponikarovsky (10) and Perry (29)
Third Period- Brookbank (1)
Devils win shoot out 2-1

Next Game: 2/19 at Montreal Canadiens 6:00 pm.

Zach Parise Postgame:
“thought it was going to be a goal. They called it a goal on the ice. We usually don’t get the calls from there (situation room).”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“(Brodeur) was our best player. I don’t know who was our second best, but he was by far our best.” Brodeur made 36 saves.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Ducks 29-22
Ducks outshot the Devils 38-27
Devils went 0 for 1 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Ducks 27-20

Player Stats:

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The Devils were able to play extremely well when they needed to against a very hot Ducks team. The penalty kill was really strong and aggressive, giving the Ducks nothing on the power play. Brodeur was playing out of his mind and kept the Devils in the game. The only thing that worried me was the fact that the Devils couldn’t convert on some nice chances but a great overall effort. Alexei Ponikarovsky is fitting in very well, I really want to see him in a Devils’ uniform next season.