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.

Breaking News: Marek Zidlicky Waives No Trade Clause To Come To New Jersey

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Darren Drager tweeted this morning reporting that the Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky has waived his no trade clause to come to the Devils. No deal has officially made. Things are in the works. Zidlicky has 1 more year left on his deal after this season at a $4 million cap hit.

I think this would be great for Zidlicky and the Devils. He will provide great depth for the Devils as they hope to move up in the standings. If the Devils don’t have to give up too much for him it’ll be a great deal for the Devils.

Photo Of The Game: Tricky Kovy

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first hat trick as a Devil in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He also assisted on Petr Sykora’s goal. Kovalchuk has been red hot since the All Star break. Congrats to Kovy on his first New Jersey Devils hat trick.

Final: Devils 4 Sabres 1

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Kovalchuk (23)
Second Period- Pominville (21)
Third Period- Sykora (13) and Kovalchuk (24) and Kovalchuk (25)

Next Game: 2/16 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 pm.

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“Zach has an empty-net breakaway and I was thinking he was going to put it in. But that says a lot about his leadership and that’s what we were talking about to get me the third one right before that. He said, ‘Even if I get an empty-net breakaway, I will spin and try to find you’ and he did, so it’s nice.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“It’s a close-knit group. It’s a really unselfish group. There’s not a guy in that room that would shoot a puck in an empty net if he could pass it to somebody else. That’s kind of the mentality they have and it’s nice when you see that.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Sabres 27-26
Devils outshot the Sabres 31-30
Devils went 2 for 7 on the power play.
Sabres outhit the Devils 22-9

Player Stats:

Player Of The Week: Magnificent Marty

I am giving this week’s Player of the Week award to Martin Brodeur. He played extremely well in the Devils 5 game win streak that ended against the St. Louis Blues (Hedberg was in net in the loss). He did play well in the loss the Florida Panthers on Saturday. The two goals he gave up there was nothing he could have done on those goals. So Marty’s strong play warrants him Player of the Week.

Read: ESPN Power Rankings Week 20

ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. In a week where the Devils looked like one of the hottest teams in the NHL they fell in the power rankings all thanks to their last two losses to the St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers. They had a lead in both losses and came up short. Just days before the Devils were playing extremely well against the Rangers and Flyers and Penguins. Last week they were ranked 8th now they are 10th. Give this a read.

Watch: Martin Brodeur Postgame 2/11/12

Martin Brodeur gave up 2 goals in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers this afternoon. He returned from sitting out a game from a sore ankle. His ankle was fine throughout today’s game. Give it a look.