This game started off sloppy, the Devils giving up a goal to Simon Gagne just 1:47 into the first period. Then Marty Brodeur went down to an apparent shoulder injury and required medical attention (though he did remain in the game). And then, the Devils took off. Patrick Elias tied the game up at 1 at 13:03 in the first. Devils closed out the first strong, tacking on 15 shots to the Kings 11. Brodeur would not take the ice in the second period; Johan “Moose” Hedberg would relieve him in goal. Hedberg, making his second appearance of the season (1 start) was absolutely fantastic, stopping all 16 shots he faced tonight. Good sign for the Devils was that Brodeur watch the game from the bench, a positive sign that his injury was not too serious. The Devils and Kings would remained tied all through regulation. Both team failed to score in a sudden death overtime period which led to a shootout. This would be the first Devils shootout of the season; For the Kings, their 2nd. The Devils would elect to shoot first, and sent Ilya Kovachuk to lead off. He would score. So did Parise in the Devils second attempt. Hedberg stopped both Kings’ shots. And the Devils won, 2-1.
37 shots on goal, the Devils offense looked strong. They had some very strong rushes up the ice and gave Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick a difficult time. Yet, even with all their chances, the Devils only scored 1 goal.
For the most part, the defense was solid. Andy Greene had a good game. Only giving up 1 goal to the potent Kings offense is impressive. However, the goal the Devils did give up was weak… a bad change lead to a great breakout opportunity for the Kings, where they did capitalize.
Special Teams- B-
The penalty kill was, once again, outstanding. The only penalty against the Devils was a Cam Janssen roughing minor at 2:47 in the first period. The Devils stood up strong, giving up only one shot on goal. However, once again, the Devils Power Play, which had two attempts tonight, was pretty weak. They failed to capitalize both times and are now a meager 1 for 11 on the PP, that 1 goal, an empty netter from Parise (in game 2). Many Devils fans wonder why Adam Oates is still working for this team?
My 3 stars:
3rd Star- Patrick Elias– stood out strong tonight. Tied the game up with his first goal of the season.
2nd star- Johan Hedberg– came in and through up zeros. Moose made some outstanding saves, including a jaw-droppinng, game saving pad save in OT.
1st star- Jonathan Quick– stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal… many of them difficult saves. Quick really stands out as a premier goaltender in this league.