They should entitle it "Sleepless In Nassau." Well, if you're a Fishstick fan, you probably would considering how boring and predictable their team's latest game with the Devils has been. That's cause they've seen this act before. Can anyone say Groundhog Day?
The Devils got goals from Ultimate Warrior John Madden (mask and all) and Sergei "Sarge" Brylin. Martin Brodeur has hardly had to work in this one (19 or 20 stops) for his 11th shutout. But hey. You have to give the goalie credit for staying awake. A lot of goalies would suffer mental lapses from not seeing much activity. But Brodeur somehow stays awake and is always sharp which is what makes him an all-time great.
For the Devils, the win extends their Atlantic lead back to seven over Pittsburgh and temporaily slices Buffalo's lead to four. The Sabres were knotted with Boston three apiece entering the third up at HSBC.
For the Isles, it's a lost opportunity to pickup points. Toronto was leading Edmonton 4-2 as Leafs captain Mats Sundin (2 goals) continues his brilliant play in the third and Carolina held a 4-2 edge over struggling Montreal with time winding down up north. But hey. The Fishsticks just can't seem to figure out the Devils defense. It's hard enough for them beating Brodeur. But they haven't generated many good chances the last two times they've played the Devs. And it's resulted in two shutout defeats.
So, what's the good news for the Isles? They only face the sizzling Penguins in a special matinee on President's Day. The Pens as has been documented haven't lost in regulation since January 10. Good luck. Well at least they should be able to celebrate some goals in front of their fans.