Saturday, October 26, 2013

Devils Show Signs of Life with Late Surge to Oust Bruins

Things were looking pretty grim for the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night in Beantown, as they have all season. Then a pair of late power play goals, notched within :23 seconds of one another, pulled the Devils from the depths of despair.

It wasn't a great night for the Bruins, but they were clinging to a one-goal lead late, and looked to be headed for there sixth consecutive win. Then the penalty parade began. First Torey Krug got hit with a double minor for high-sticking at 16:45. Then things really got sticky when Patrice Bergeron's clear went over the glass for a delay of game penalty at 18:11.

Not even Tukka Raask could save the B's then.

Marek Zidlicky scored the equalizer with the Devils on the five-on-three, firing a slapper from the right point that sailed through a screen and over Tuukka Rask's shoulder. It was his the Devils' defenseman's first goal in 26 games, though he does have eight assists on the year already. Shortly thereafter, with the TD Garden's P.A. announcer still announcing Zidlicky's goal, Andy Greene put the Devils ahead 4-3 with a wrister off a rebound into a wide open net.

Probably not the way the Devils would like to do it on a regular basis, but it does get the club out of hot water for now, with their first road win, and also Martin Brodeur's first victory of the season.

Thanks to the late-game heroics, the Devils jump out of the Metropolitan Division cellar, with a record of 2-5-4.