Last night versus the Calgary Flames pitted old versus new. The Devils old coach, Brent Sutter, who now coaches the Calgary Flames versus the Devils new coach Pete Deboer. It was Brent Sutter who brought a more offensive style to the Devils when he was hired in 2007. After a two year stint of Jacques Lemaire and John MacLean, Deboer was hired to once again bring a more offensive style to New Jersey.
Unfortunately for the Devils, the Flames designated last night’s game as the one to celebrate Jarome Iginla’s 500th goal, and both players and fans were fired up for the event. The game got away from the Devils almost immediately. Before many of the fans had even settled into their seats at the Saddledome in Calgary, the score was 2-0, and Martin Brodeur was being pulled. At the end of one period, the Devils had been manhandled by a score of 4-0.
In the second period, the Devils started to chip away at the lead finishing the period with a 5-2 deficit. As the third period began, the Devils were eventually able to get the score back to 5-3, but it was just not meant to be. Jarome Iginla scored a goal extending the Flame’s lead to 6-3, giving him the “Gordie Howe hat trick”. Iginla had a goal, 2 assists and a fight with Adam Henrique.
In a last ditch effort, Deboer pulled his goaltender with more than 5 minutes to go as the Devils went on the power play. But that was short lived when Dainus Zubrus was penalized ending the Devil’s advantage. A player to watch for the Devils is Adam Henrique, who scored a goal and an assist in the game, giving him 32 points and placing him only 3 points behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the rookie scoring lead.