The Devils recalled left wing Harri Pesonen from AHL Albany to take Ponikarovsky's place on the roster.
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It was almost a storybook return, but history turned out to be too good to be true for Martin Brodeur. Still, after weathering a hectic first 10 minutes, the Devils responded with an excellent overall effort and have ended their most recent losing streak in impressive fashion. Some thoughts...
Marty: It may not have been history, but it was an excellent return for Brodeur, who single-handedly kept the Devils in the game long enough for them to find their sea legs. Brodeur's performance during the first 10 minutes of the first period was the shining example of what we wrote earlier this week. While Johan Hedberg was good enough, he wasn't Brodeur. He didn't have that extra level. Moose was likely to be beaten on the fifth shot of a rapid-fire barrage. Brodeur, on the other hand, was calm, cool, collected and his usual reliable self. Of course, he was blatantly exhausted at the end of that stretch, but thankfully the rest of the team took over from there, shutting the Hurricanes down so well even Drake would've been impressed. But it wasn't just those saves -- or his goal (yes, his goal) -- that stood out for me. It was all the little things that Brodeur does that make him such an excellent netminder even at the age of 40. One of those examples came during the first period when there was a turnover and Alexander Semin came rushing up the gut toward the puck. Moose might've dove at the puck and he might have disrupted Semin enough to be successful. It's a risky proposition we've seen Hedberg both win and lose this season. Instead, Brodeur stayed calm, stayed upright and came out just far enough that he forced Semin to shoot at one of several tiny windows. Semin, of course, nearly scored, rocketing a shot off the post just over Brodeur's shoulder, but that's a nearly impossible shot to make and it's the only one Brodeur gave him. Marty also made at least two or three excellent decision with the puck on his stick, deftly moving the play away from the net and helping the Devils get out of the zone. Brodeur's return will likely be remembered for his incredibly bizarre goal and those frantic first minutes, but it was the things that went unnoticed, things not seen in the box score that impressed me the most.
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We'll start with the most recently injured, Loktionov, who has one of those wonderful "undisclosed" injuries.
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- The Devils dropped a very-entertaining game, 2-1, to Montreal Saturday night at Prudential Center. (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (NHL.com) (AP).
- Rich Chere documents a "special night" for Harri Pesonen and Jacques Caron (NJ.com)
- Tom Gulitti says that Martin Brodeur's getting close?to returning?(NorthJersey.com)
We kind of thought New Jersey would be without Loktionov tonight-- less than 24 hours from leaving the game in Philadelphia. Harri Pesonen will make his NHL debut and play on a line with Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.
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Pete DeBoer announced after the Devils' morning skate that there would not be any lineup changes for New Jersey's meeting Friday in Philadelphia.
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Second, on tonight's goalie:
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Henrik Tallinder was placed on injured reserve-- retroactive to March 7.
Forward Harri Pesonen was recalled from Albany and will wear No. 16.
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Made the 23
Forwards (13): Travis Zajac, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson, Jacob Josefson, Adam Henrique (IR) Bobby Butler, Cam Janssen, Krys Barch, Mattias Tedenby, Steve Bernier, Stephen Gionta, Ryan Carter (APOLOGIES! Just realized I obviously left Patrik Elias off this list.)Defensemen (7): Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov, Andy Greene, Mark Fayne, Henrik Tallinder, Peter Harrold