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The Devils in the Details will be a weekly post, looking back on the stats from your New Jersey Devils in their past week of play. Games between Sunday and Saturday from every week will be highlighted, with stats like Goals, Assists, PIM, Shots, etc. being the main focus. This week, we take a look at the Devils between March 31 and April 6, a week where the Devils offensive troubles worsened, and the team went 0-3-0 in their games against the Islanders, Bruins, and Maple Leafs. The losses put the Devils 3 points out of a playoff spot with 10 games remaining in the season, so the Devils will have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks.
Game Time: 7:30 PM
Radio: 660 WFAN AM, 101.9 FM
For the first and only time this season, the New Jersey Devils (15-11-7) will travel to Tampa Bay to face-off against the Lightning (14-18-1). The previous two meetings between the teams were split, with the Devils winning the first game 4-2, and the Lightning taking the second contest 5-2. The Devils will look to bounce back from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, while the Lightning will look to continue their strong play at home.
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Daniel Briere (Goal, assist)
2nd star: Ilya Kovalchuk (Goal, 2 assists)
1st star: Alexei Ponikarovsky (Game winning OT goal, assist)
There’s been an ongoing trend in these playoffs for both the Flyers and Devils. That trend is that the team who gets off to a good start and scores first doesn’t always win. That’s been the case in each of the first two games of this series, and it was true again in Game 3 at the Prudential Center. As the puck dropped on Thursday night, it was the visiting Flyers who controlled play in the opening minutes, it was the Flyers who drew the game’s first power play and it was the Flyers who scored the game’s first goal on the power play. But the Flyers didn’t win. So here’s how the Devils won Game 3 and took a 2-1 series lead.
(headline by @amazingjr87)
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Alexei Ponikarovsky (Goal)
2nd star: Jiri Hudler (Red Wings – Assist)
1st star: Martin Brodeur (23 saves)
Well, where to begin?! It seems that so much happened on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena. First of all, the Devils beat the Red Wings in Detroit for the first time since 1996 (they also won there twice in the spring of 1995 en route to winning the Stanley Cup). If you want some more statistics, keep on reading. But regardless of stats, the Devils went into Joe Louis Arena, which is regarded as one of hockey’s toughest buildings to play in, and played a very solid road game, doing something that seemed impossible early in the season: winning in Detroit.