Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Devils PostScript: NJ 3, PIT 0

Scoring Summary
1st Period - Nothing
2nd Period
Devils - Travis Zajac - 8th of the Season, from Langenbrunner and Parise, at 1:23.
3rd Period
Devils - Jay Pandolfo - 5th of the Season, from Brylin and Madden, at 15:58
Devils - Brian Gionta - 15th of the Season, from Elias and Martin, at 17:58

In front of the Devils' largest home crowd yet this year (16,156), they had one of those games that they've had over the years where, they have to show the league that they are the New Jersey Devils. I call this an NFA game, or No F***ing Around. It's pretty much any game where Marty has a shutout and score 3 or fewer goals. This was tonight.

After a scorless first, early in the second, the line of Langenbrunner, Parise, and Zajac got caught up in a broken play, not far off from last week's Atlanta home game, and it was one of those cases where Zajac found the puck on his stick and just shot it, and it went past Marc-Andre Fleury.

It should be noted right now that Sidney Crosby is a little bitch. After a perfectly legal Janssening of Brooks Orpik, Crosby comes in and suckers Cam once. Crosby should've been given 4, and it wasn't the last time these Penguins played dirty tonight, but we'll get to that later.

As the game moved on, it became very apparent, as it tends to happen in an NFA game, that the Penguins would not win, and very likely not score. Not a boring game by any stretch, the Devils just continued to shut down Pittsburgh, and Malkin and Crosby at every turn.

Late in the third, Jay Pandolfo scored on a pretty pass from Sarge at 15:58. Then, Brian Gionta showed that he's ready to get hott again, taking a nice backhand feed from THE CAPTAIN and rifling a backhander to the shelf. It was one of the nicer goals you'll see all year, and it stayed 3-0.

Toward the end of the game, Jordan Staal came in on a forechecking assignment and stuck his leg out and tripped Marty Brodeur. A melee ensued, and Staal should be fined for intent to injure. I know Marty embellishes sometimes, but this was a clear and direct attempt to take Brodeur out.

Marty's OK, Devils win it 3-0.

I assume Derek's gone and killed himself, I know I would if I were him.

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