Newark, N.J. - In blizzard conditions and a state of emergency, the New Jersey Devils stormed the house with a seven-goal explosion against a very tough St Louis Blues team.
The Devils got off to an early lead, scoring two goals in the opening two minutes. Mark Fayne got credited with the first goal after his shot redirected off the glove of a reaching Derek Roy. It bounced off the glove and hit the post before finding the net.
Just 24 seconds later, Ryan Carter finished a rebound with a backhand shot that beat a sprawling Brian Elliot.
About ten minutes after that, Jaromir Jagr had a centering try from Reid Boucher go off of his skate and into the net. This was the last straw for Elliot as he was relieved by Jaroslav Halak, but he did not have much better fortune.
Alex Steen scored the lone goal for the Blues at 8:47 in the first period, but took a costly penalty in the closing seconds of the first.
One minute into the second period, the Devils extended their lead to three with Ryane Clowe’s third goal of the season on a sharp angle one-timer. The Devils were now one goal away from tying their season record.
Adam Henrique scored the second of three Devils power play goals on a beautiful close-up shot that went right under the crossbar.
The scoring onslaught did not stop there. After another Blues penalty that carried over periods, Damien Brunner blasted a one-timer to the roof over Halak’s shoulder. Brunner’s goal was the third power play goal of the night, they went 75% (3/4) on the power play tonight.
It was Brunner’s first game back from injuring his right knee on December 20th against the Anaheim Ducks. He registered a goal and two assists in his big return.
Eric Gelinas tallied the seventh and final goal of the night on a fluke goaltender gaffe by Halak. Gelly was attempting to dump the puck in with a slap shot from center ice when it deflected off a Blues defenseman and was mishandled by Halak in the crease. It was definitely not what Gelinas was expecting when he was dumping it in the zone, but he will take his sixth goal of the season.
Due to the snow storm, there was only an estimated 2,000 fans at the game. All fans were permitted to sit in the lower bowl.
Also, the fans who paid for tickets and could not make the game were given complementary tickets to a game in February!
The Devils play their next game at home against the Washington Capitals Friday night.
1st Star - Damien Brunner
2nd Star - Eric Gelinas
3rd Star - Patrik Elias