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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Discuss: Devils Are Ideally Right Where They Should Be

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If the season where to end today the Devils would finish 6th in the East. This is a huge improvement for the Devils after failing to make the postseason last year. Many critics doubted the Devils and Pete DeBoer making the postseason but the Devils have quieted those critics. Yes the Devils have had their ups and downs but to finish 6th would be a great spot for the Devils to possibly advance deep into the postseason.

If the postseason where to start today, the Devils would play the Florida Panthers who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999-2000 season. If you recall the Devils won the Cup that season. Now I am not saying that will happen again but I think the Panthers are the team the Devils can possibly get over to make it up to the 2nd round. Florida will force the Devils to play their best otherwise it would be another disappointing postseason for the Devils. Believe it or not this is one of the most important postseasons in franchise history due to the fact that if the Devils don’t make a good run they might not be able to convince Zach Parise, who wants to win more than anything, to stay with the Devils after this season. An early playoff disappointment may spell the end of Parise’s career in New Jersey.

So if I were the Devils I would be happy right where they are in the standings because they silenced the critics who said they couldn’t make the postseason. Also playing Florida would be a great opponent to get the Devils in playoff form to make a strong run and keep the face of the franchise.

Let know what you think. Do you think the Devils should be higher or lower in the standings? Is a Florida a team you’d want to play in the postseason?

Final: Devils 1 Avalanche 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- None
Third Period- None
Devils Win Shootout 2-0

Next Game: 3/17 vs Pittsburgh Penguins 1:00 pm.

Martin Brodeur Postgame:
“It’s kind of nice when Kovy gets in there and scores the first goal. It kind of goes into my hands to make a save and after that it’s a really good chance for us to win. It’s definitely nice to have that luxury of him scoring more often than not.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“It’s a win. We found a way to win a game. I don’t compare this to the Philly game. We created opportunities to score tonight. It just didn’t go in.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Avalanche 24-19
Devils outshot the Avalanche 33-28
Devils went 0 for 1 on the power play.
Avalanche outhit the Devils 22-16

Player Stats:

Final: Flyers 3 Devils 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Couturier (12)
Third Period- Vorachek (13) and Briere (14)

Next Game: 3/15 vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 pm.

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“Seventeen shots is never enough. Especially the power play was really bad tonight. We were moving the puck around, but nothing was going on. We’ve got to be a little more simple, especially on that four minute. We tried to be a way too fancy on the blue line and we turned the puck over every time.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We knew there would be some push back by them tonight after beating them the other night in New Jersey. The bottom line was they got to the areas tonight around the net that we didn’t get to. They got rewarded with a couple of goals and we didn’t get near the net enough.”

Team Stats:
Flyers outdrew the Devils 19-14
Flyers outshot the Devils 29-17
Devils went 0 for 5 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Flyers 38-32

Player Stats: