Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils took on the Nashville Predators for the first time this season. Martin Brodeur earned his second straight shutout tonight after shutting out the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
The Devils came out very strong scoring a goal just 1:30 into the game off a shot by Jaromir Jagr that rang the inside of the post and went into the net.
Brodeur robbed the Predators on a couple scoring chances, especially on their first power play. Brodeur was sprawling on the ice and the puck barely stayed out of the net.
The Devils ended the second period with 1:59 left on a power play, but did not convert in the second. However, shortly after it expired they got a goal from the most unlikely player on the roster. Cam Janssen scored his second goal in three games by tapping in a rebound at 2:54 in the second. Janssen now has five career goals and has one more than Claude Giroux
The Devils added goals on a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal from Jagr, Zubrus, to Zajac for his second goal of the season.
Mattias Tedenby made a sweet power move to the net to score the fifth goal of the game and his first goal of the season. The Devils will hope to see more of this from Teddy coming soon.
The Devils played really solid defensively, frustrating the Preds to just 15-shots in the game and only four in the second period. Another eye-opening stat was that the Predators went 0-6 on the power play and only shot five times with the man-advantage.
The Devils went 1-4 on power plays and did all of the other small things well too. The devils went 34-27 on face-offs, 1-4 on power plays, out-shot 23-15, and won 5-0. This was by far the best performance the Devils have had this entire season and should look to build on it moving forward.
The Devils play their next game on the road at the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The Devils have earned points in all of their past three games.
Jagr earned his 1,700th and 1701st points tonight on his goal and assist.
Zajac’s goal was his 100th of his career.
1st Star - Jaromir Jagr
2nd Star – Martin Brodeur
3rd Star - Marek Zidlicky