Welcome to the second part of the 2013-14 New Jersey Devils Recap series. To see the first part of the month’s action, click here.
Game 7 – 0-3-3
The New Jersey Devils continued to travel East into Canada as they took on the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In Game 7, the Devils fell to a 3-0 deficit by the time the third period started. The Devils looked to fight back as they received help from Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier to cut the deficit to 3-2. Goals from Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza pulled the game out of reach to give the Devils another regulation loss, 5-2.
Rostislav Olesz was scratched for the 4th time, Mark Fayne was scratched for the 6th time, and Jacob Josefson received his 6th scratch. Martin Brodeur started and struggled as he only faced 22 shots but 4 went in to give hime an .818 save percentage. Michael Ryder was tagged with a -4 rating while Travis Zajac and Mattias Tedenby had -3 ratings for the game.
Craig Anderson pitched a shutout for the Senators as he stopped 40 shots in the winning effort.
Game 8 – 0-4-3
The Devils returned home from their long road trip and played the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center. The Devils earned a satisfying 4-0 win to take care of the rival Rangers. Andrei Loktionov and Adam Henrique opened the scoring in the first, while Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus capped off the scoring in the second period.
Cory Schneider stopped all 22 shots thrown his way to record the shutout. Patrik Elias and Damien Brunner both received their first scratches while Adam Larsson took his second scratch of the season. Everybody but 5 players had a positive +/- rating. Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Peter Harrold, and Mattias Tedenby had 0s for the game.