Wow, what a cringeworthy game. But a large, large, large win.
Marty only stops 10 of 15, but the Devils win 6-5, as the Thrashers were much more inept than New Jersey. The Thrashers spent more than 30 Minutes of this game without shooting the puck.
Madden, Elias, Pando, Zajac, Sarge (!), and Patrick Elias once more, on a blistering one-timer on the power play. Remember when, during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Rangers, they would show those videos of Patrick moving all around the ice during the playoffs in fast motion? It looked like a return to that, and a welcome one at that.
The offense carried the Devils tonight. Hang on, let me hand Satan my soul before I go on. The defense, and particularly Marty, were atrocious tonight. There is no way around it, Marty has to bounce back, and he no doubt will, because he is the best.
Hero of the Night: PATRICK ELIAS (!), 2 Goals, Assist, Game Winner, Return to Awesomeness
Bum of the Night: Marty Brodeur. Sorry Marty, the way this team plays, 10 out of 15 won't do it.
Asshole of the Night: Garnet Exelby for that dirty takedown of Zach Parise.
Around the League Tonight:
The Sabres are officially back. They beat the Capitals 7-3, two straight by a count of 13-3. Jaroslav Spacek scored twice, and Brian Campbell had 4 assists. Alex Ovechkin added his 3rd of the year in defeat.
Crosby nets two on Hockey Night in Canada and the Penguins beat the Leafs, 6-4. Maxime Talbot added a pair.
The Hurricanes are off to a very good start, as Carolina continues their roll in Montreal, winning 3-1 at Bell Centre. Matt Cullen scored the Game-Winner. Carolina's now 4-1-1.
Ottawa took down the Rangers, 3-1. Dany Heatley scored his 6th of the year, and Jaromir Jagr finally got #1 in the losing effort. Both NJ and NYR are 2-3-0 on the year.
Six different scorers led the Florida Panthers to their 2nd straight victory, as they dismantled the Lightning, 6-4. Vinny Prospal scored twice in defeat.
8 Different goal-scorers in the Music City, as Calgary and the Preds are tied at 4 after two frames.
Dallas leads Chicago 1-0 in the 2nd because of the work of Brendan Morrow.
Super Joe Sakic gave the Avs an early lead at home vs. Columbus.