Final: Flyers 4 Devils 3

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Parise (3)
Second Period- Briere (6) and Van Riemsdyk (1) and Zajac (4)
Third Period- Giroux (7) and Sykora (1)
Overtime- Briere (7)

Next Game: 5/1 at Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“You can’t win all the games in overtime, so you have to watch what you did wrong and make sure you don’t do it again next game.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We haven’t made excuses for those kind of things all year. I’m not going to start now. They were the hungrier team in the second half, so what the reason for it doesn’t matter right now. We’ve got to get ready for Game 2.”

Team Stats:
Flyers outdrew the Devils 38-31
Flyers outshot the Devils 36-26
Devils went 1 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Flyers 31-27

Player Stats:

Final: Devils 3 Panthers 2

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Bernier (2)
Second Period- Kovalchuk (3) and Versteeg (3) and Bergenheim (3)
Third Period- None
Overtime- Zajac (3)

Next Game: at Florida Panthers 4/26 at TBA

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Panthers 30-28
Devils outshot the Panthers 42-16
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 28-27

Player Stats:

The Devils completely outshot the Panthers tonight however the numbers are a bit deceiving. It was more quantity than quality tonight. At times in the 2nd and 3rd period the Devils look out of sync and flat. But when it mattered Zach Parise made a great defensively play on Weiss to stop a 2 on 1 which would ultimately set up Zajac for the game winning goal. The Devils need to carry this momentum into Florida with ton of energy, think 1st period of game 1 kind of energy.

Final: Panthers 3 Devils 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Versteeg (2)
Third Period- Upshall (1) and Kopecky (1)

Next Game: vs Florida Panthers 4/24 at TBA

Zach Parise Postgame:
“We don’t care about the past. We have to find a way to win two in a row. We have to win. We have no choice.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We know the spot we’re in. We’ve got to win at home and then we’re playing one game to move on. So, we’ve got to take care of business at home.”

Team Stats:
Panthers outdrew the Devils 31-27
Panthers outshot the Devils 33-30
Devils went 0 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 47-46

Player Stats:

Final: Panthers 4 Devils 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Weiss (1)
Second Period- Weiss (2) and Goc (1)
Third Period- Zajac (1) and Kovalchuk (1) and Fleischmann (1)

Next Game: vs Florida Panthers 4/17 at 7:00 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“I think we gave them a good push in the third, but it just wasn’t enough. I think we all liked the way we played in the third period, so we just have to keep playing the same way.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I think we would have taken a split coming down here. There’s no easy match-ups in the NHL playoffs. I don’t think anyone expected that anyone was going to beat anybody in four. We got a split. Now, have to take care of business at home.”

Team Stats:
Panthers outdrew the Devils 29-24
Devils outshot the Panthers 25-24
Devils went 0 for 2 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 52-50

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 4 Senators 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Gilroy (3) and Kovalchuk (36)
Second Period- O’Brien (3) and Sykora (21)
Third Period- Gionta (1) and Kovalchuk (37)

Postseason starts April 11th. Devils will play the Florida Panthers.

Stephen Gionta Postgame:
“Every kid grows up hoping he scores a goal in the NHL and I’m just thankful for the opportunity the Devils gave me. It was a dream come true.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“The reason we brought him in here was to take a look at him and I’ll sit down with Lou now and with Josefson out we’re going to need somebody out of that group of guys that we’ve looked at this year to be with us and potentially play.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Senators 25-24
Devils outshot the Senators 35-33
Devils went 2 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Senators 14-10

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 3 Islanders 1

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Elias (26) and Moulson (35)
Second Period- Zajac (2)
Third Period- Kovalchuk (35)

Next Game: 4/5 at Detroit Red Wings 7:30 pm.

Travis Zajac Postgame:
“The first few games, it’s a fast game. I didn’t feel as great as I wanted to, but I think each game I feel more confident and I’m holding on to the puck a little longer and not throwing it away as much as I thought I was games before. So, I think that’s the key if I’m playing with those two guys, controlling the puck and getting them the puck as much as possible because, obviously, they’re great players and it’s easy to play with them.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I liked how we played in the second and third period periods tonight. I didn’t like our first period. I thought we were a little loose. We talked about it between the first and second, tightened up our game, got the big power-play goal and I liked our game from that point forward.”

Team Stats:
Islanders outdrew the Devils 26-18
Islanders and Devils tied in shots 20-20
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Islanders 22-21

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 2 Blackhawks 1

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Sykora (18)
Second Period- None
Third Period- Seabrook (8)
Devils win shootout 2-1

Next Game: 3/29 vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 pm.

Travis Zajac Postgame:
“It’s a big two points. We’re still fighting for position. We didn’t play our best game, but we found a way to win. That’s what you have to do at this time of year.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I liked our first period and then after that I thought they stretched us out and got us kind of caught in between our forecheck and defending. I thought we were chasing the rest of the game.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Blackhawks 31-26
Blackhawks outshot the Devils 38-22
Devils went 1 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Blackhawks 13-8

Player Stats:

Final: Penguins 5 Devils 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Kunitz (23) and Parise (30) and Staal (23)
Second Period- Dupuis (23)
Third Period- Kovalchuk (32) and Crosby (4) and Malkin (46)

Next Game: 3/27 vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:00 pm.

Martin Brodeur Postgame:
“It was kind of a tough play behind. They put on a lot of pressure. I didn’t really see him coming and when I looked down to the puck it wasn’t in the spot that I thought it was.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“Individual mistakes tonight cost us the game. The first goal, Crosby’s goal and a few other chances, it wasn’t as much team or system mistakes, it was just individual mistakes on plays and you can’t do that against that team.”

Team Stats:
Penguins outdrew the Devils 36-29
Devils outshot the Penguins 34-28
Devils went 0 for 2 on the power play.
Penguins outhit the Devils 36-16

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 1 Senators 0

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Kovalchuk (31)
Third Period- None

Next Game: 3/23 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 pm.

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“It’s all important hockey in front of us in April. So, we just want to finish the season strong and play our best hockey the last eight games.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I thought Volchenkov, Salvador, Patrik Elias really stepped up on the 5-on-3 and we got some good contributions when it got to 5-on-4 from Kovalchuk, Henrique and Parise.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Senators 30-29
Devils and Senators tied in shots 34-34
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Senators outhit the Devils 31-20

Player Stats:

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Final: Rangers 4 Devils 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Dubinsky (8)
Second Period- Girardi (5) and Elias (25) and Zuccarello (2) and Sykora (17)
Third Period- Stephan (16)

Next Game: 3/20 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 pm.

Zach Parise Postgame:
“I think the intensity level was there, the effort was there. We fell behind early, but I thought we were OK. We’ve just got to find a way to win these type of games.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I thought we got away from our forecheck and we tried to get a little too fancy through the neutral zone. We called a timeout to try to get back at it. We couldn’t get a bounce.”

Team Stats:
Rangers outdrew the Devils 34-23
Rangers outshot the Devils 27-22
Devils went 0 for 3 on the power play.
Rangers outhit the Devils 41-23

Player Stats:

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