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It might not have been as thorough or impressive a win as Saturday, but tonight was certainly an important and necessary moment in the Devils' season. A home-and-home sweep of a Penguins team that came in on a five-game winning streak? Yeah. Solid weekend for the Devils. Some thoughts...

Diversify yo' game: David Clarkson goes in the corners. David Clarkson screens the goalie. David Clarkson backchecks and forechecks. David Clarkson beats goalies high glove side from the slot. David Clarkson bangs home rebounds. Seriously, how good is David Clarkson? He absolutely does it all. He is the epitome of what you want in a true power forward in a game devoid of them. He has the skill and the speed to gather a bouncing puck at his own blue line and skate it into the offensive zone, the strength to keep his balance despite a backchecking defenseman and the deft hands to find open net on a goalie's glove side while skating through the slot. The Son of Clark might be the Devils' second-best offensive player behind Ilya Kovalchuk and you better believe that man is going to paid a salary commensurate with that skill set and level of play.

Tags: DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Evgeni Malkin, Geno, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Kovalchuk, Kovy, Moose, New Jersey Devils, Penguins, Pens, Pete DeBoer, Pittsburgh Penguins, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Sid, Sid the Kid, Sidney Crosby, Son of Clark
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That was such an impressive win for the Devils and it came after a poor first 10 minutes that may have been partly due to the earlier start. Regardless, the last 50 minutes of that game were reason for the Devils and Pete DeBoer to smile. Some thoughts...

Huge, Tom, huge: To borrow a phrase from TV car mogul Billy Fuccillo, there's not enough "U's" on the keyboard to describe how big of a win that was for the Devils. Not only because they beat a division rival that was one point ahead of them for first place in the Atlantic. Not only because they shut down the high-powered Pens offense for long stretches. Not only because they sent a message by rebounding from last week's 5-1 win. This was big because of how the Devils played after nearly getting run out of the rink in the first 10 minutes while the Penguins were all over the ice. Part of that was due to the three first period power plays, which took Pittsburgh out of its offensive rhythm, but also because Krys Barch stood up to Deryk Engelland roughly nine minutes into the first period. Engelland was running all over the ice, getting in David Clarkson's face and giving the Devils all sorts of trouble every time they tried to enter the Pittsburgh zone. After Barch fought Engelland, the Devils started to get some offensive momentum going and began to push back against the Pens. I know I'm not always a huge advocate of dressing a guy like Barch, but he was one of the big reasons the game turned around halfway through the first period.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, Bobby Butler, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Penguins, Pens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stefan Matteau
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The Devils are looking to avenge last week's ugly 5-1 loss to the Penguins.

Who: Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils

When: 1:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 12:30 p.m. ET

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The Devils will have their work cut out for them against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.

Who: New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins

When: 1:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 12:30 p.m. ET

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