- Brad Richards scored on a 2 on 1 against Martin Brodeur in the first period continuing his recent string of good play. He currently stands at 3 goals in his last 6 games.
- Mats Zuccarello started off the second period with a big goal off a rebound from a shot by Ryan Callahan to give his team a 2-0 lead.
- Cam Janssen stood up strong for his teammates and used his skates rather than his hands to make his biggest contribution with a big response goal for the Devils to bring the game 2-1.
- Travis Zajac tied up the game at 2 midway through the third going top-shelf off a rebound from Jaromir Jagr.
- Michael Ryder netted his third goal in his last four games beating Henrik Lundqvist through the 5-hole to give the Devils a 3-2 lead.
- Chris Kreider got a chip-in goal on a 6 on 4 power play in the last minute of the game, after Travis Zajac took a terrible delay-of-game penalty.
- Eric Gelinas scored his own power play goal on a bomb from beyond the top of the circle in overtime to secure the OT win for the Devils.
Coming off three consecutive losses to Eastern Conference foes, the Devils came into Madison Square Garden this Saturday night needing a win to help get things back on track. In the end, the comeback kids came through, as another never-say-die third period effort and a timely power play in OT lead to a big win for Jersey's team.
Special teams came through in a huge for New Jersey. While their penalty kill was nearly lights out again, save for that nearly infamous 6 on 4, the Devils' power play got to play the role of hero tonight. Granted, it took an overtime 4 on 3 to set things right, but when they got the chance, they stepped up and Eric Gelinas sealed the deal. Still, as good as the Devils' kill was, you have to wonder if the PK crew has seen too much action recently with 15 penalties against the Devils in the last 4 games. We're going to have to pay attention to this going forward, as all that time shorthanded is bound to catch up to any team eventually.
There were plenty of good moments for the Red and Black, and so many of them came from fan favorite Cam Janssen. Cam, well-known as bit of a fire-starter, was all over the ice with big hits and game-changing plays. He skated over and stood up for Patrik Elias against Rangers' defender Justin Faulk, before motoring down to the other end of the ice to slide feet first into the Devils' opening goal. While controversial to everyone wearing blue, new rules allow for redirection as long as there is still no distinct kicking motion. So the goal was deemed clean, which was consistent with the way that similar situations have been ruled by the crew in Toronto thus far this year. But, even beyond that first goal, Janssen made sure that his presence was felt, and his team fed off that energy turning a potential disaster, after the Zuccarello goal, into a very good second period and game for the Devils. Simply put, the Devils don't win tonight without #25 on the ice.
As has become the norm this season, the Devils also saw some pretty strong performances from the usual suspects. Jaromir Jagr was as strong and prominent as anyone on the ice tonight. Travis Zajac, Andy Greene, and Eric Gelinas played top-flight hockey throughout the game, holding their positions and creating strong chances and points for the offense. Michael Ryder continued his hot-streak finding the net yet again, this time for the win and Adam Henrique was highly aggressive and was a constant threat to Henrik Lundqvist. Some surprise contributions also came in from Cam Janssen, as well as Tim Sestito who provided a strong forecheck and the primary assist on Janssen's and Ryder's goals.
And, no Devils recap would be complete without mentioning a terrific effort by one of their two superstar goaltenders. Tonight was Brodeur's turn between the pipes, and the vet did not disappoint. After letting in a goal on a rough 2 on 1 against Brad Richards where he dipped his shoulder a hair too low giving Richards the top corner, #30 was fantastic stopping all but the unreachable. And, while tonight it was the offense who stepped up big, this was another big win in MSG for Martin Brodeur.
For those of you who are wondering, the points challenge between Marty and Cam is on, but because Marty got the secondary assist on the goal, neither player gained any ground tonight.