The Least You Should Know:
- Jaromir Jagr scored with 1:09 to go in regulation to send the game into overtime.
- The man who helped create Jagr's goal, Travis Zajac, scored the game winner in overtime at 1:58.
- The Devils are back to .500 on the season and moved into a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.
Wow. Who saw that coming? The Devils trailed after 40 minutes by a 3-2 score. They dominated and had the first nine or 10 shots of the third period. It felt like a bad Ducks goal was coming, but it never did.
Zajac deserves a TON of credit for keeping the puck in the zone on that tying goal. An errant drop pass was labeled to be cleared out to the neutral zone, and perhaps an empty netter to end the game. Instead, the puck comes behind the net, the Devils grind it and a feed in front was buried by Jagr.
Then the team finally got a bounce in overtime. Dainius Zubrus hustled up the right side in an odd-man rush with Zajac, who was trying to catch up with him and go to the net. Zubrus threw it at Zajac who could only kick it towards net. The Ducks, without caution, tried to whip it out of the zone quickly but it winded up going off Corey Perry's leg into the vacated net.
It's easy to forget about the job done by Martin Brodeur. He was brilliant once again. The first goal from Matt Beleskey I'm sure he would like to have back but the tallies from Nick Bonino and Ryan Getzlaf he had no prayer on. The save on Matthieu Perreault in overtime before the Zajac winner won't soon be forgotten by anyone who's a fan of the sport. That glove save by Marty will be replayed on highlight reels...well, forever.
This team is starting to find a more consistent rhythm in the goal-scoring department. The goaltending has been as rock solid as was thought to be before the season and the team only gave up one goal at even strength. They are brimming with confidence and that's needed as they face some high-quality teams this week. The next two contests will be a great barometer and litmus test for this club to see where they stack up against true Stanley Cup contenders.
The fun continues in less than 24 hours. The Kings are next, coming up later on tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST.