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GDT: New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers 7PM MSG+

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I actually thought kovy looked like he was turning the corner tonight. Not great by any standards but I noticed him alot more than previous games, and in a good way.

 

Good news the Devils are 5-1-3 WITHOUT Kovy being hot.  They've survived both that and losing Parise to date.  Definite major positive.

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Also, not for nothing, but if Josefson had Clarkson's luck he'd be a 40 goal scorer.

It has nothing to do with luck. Josefson can't shoot for his life. Edited by Daniel

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Great to get a win, especially in regulation. I can't say enough great things about the Devils PK and Brodeur. Won the game for them in my opinion tonight. Thought Butler fit in nicely too.

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And it looks like Kovy as a Devil will ALWAYS have those frustrating streaks where we all wonder what the hell is going on, until he goes on one of his rampages that makes us all forget the latest frustrating streak.

Exactly what I think is going to happen. He is creating chances, but I noticed that he sometimes tries to make the pretty pass instead of shooting. If he used his wicked shot a little more, he would have a lot more goals. I don't think he's distracted by the KHL, he knows the NHL is the place to be, and the team is doing well. It's only a matter of time before he starts scoring regularly.

Edited by Devs3cups

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Awesome game. Devils win and I got to heckle a bunch of idiot Rangers fans. Does life get any better than that? haha

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Great atmosphere tonight, saw almost half of a section get 'escorted' out. Security almost shoving some drunk a$$hole down a flight of stairs was the highlight in the regard.

Couple other things:

- Marty was fantastic

- Kovy was not so fantastic

- Gio can really fly out there

- Odd man rushes need a lot of work. Just shoot the damn puck

- Another 1st NHL goal scored on Marty...Triumph or someone should make a thread about it. This has got to be the 15th player at least to score his first on Marty

Oh and one last thing..if Clarkson keeps this up, he's going to get paid this summer. Big time $$$ for him. Hope it's from the Devils.

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- Another 1st NHL goal scored on Marty...Triumph or someone should make a thread about it. This has got to be the 15th player at least to score his first on Marty

They have a thread about this on HF. Here's the list as taken from there.

Jason Woolley (10-8-1993)

Turner Stevenson (4-10-1995)

Libor Zabransky (1-5-1997)

Xavier Delisle (10-6-2000)

Evgeny Korolev (3-24-2000)

Josh Langfeld (1-13-2004)

Chad Wiseman (1-15-2004)

Brad Moran (1-27-2004)

Jozef Balej (3-15-2004)

John Pohl (12-31-2005)

Jeff Tambellini (3-14-2006)

Evgeni Malkin (10-18-2006)

Lawrence Nycholat (12-26-2006)

Tomas Fleischmann (2-24-2007)

Darren Haydar (10-13-2007)

Marc Staal (11-14-2007)

Keith Aucoin (1-10-2008)

Brian Boyle (2-2-2008)

Ryan Carter (2-8-2008)

Kyle Okposo (3-21-2008)

Martins Karsums (4-3-2009)

Christian Hanson (4-7-2009)

Matt Gilroy (10-10-2009)

Tim Kennedy (10-28-2009)

Carl Gunnarson (1-29-2010)

Zack Boychuk (2-13-2010)

Jordan Caron (10-16-2010)

Andrew Gordon (12-21-2010)

Zac Dalpe (1-1-2011)

Ryan McDonagh (4-9-2011)

Matt Read (10-8-2011)

Mark Flood (11-5-2011)

Brendan Gallagher (1-27-2013)

Robert Bortuzzo (2-2-2013)

Chris Kreider (2-5-2013)

I'm sure there are some missing but that's a good start.

Edited by PWW

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Larsson was absolutely fantastic tonight. I think it was his best game as an NHL player.

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Larsson was absolutely fantastic tonight. I think it was his best game as an NHL player.

 

He was Johnny-on-the-spot with his clearings tonight. From my seats, it seemed as though everytime the Rangers got the puck to the slot and Larsson was on the ice, the puck was cleared the next second. Even if it was just to the boards, he killed chance after chance for them.

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I also thought Larsson looked great tonight. He seems to be learning to read plays more and knows where to be in our own end. Also really liked what I saw from Butler. He's smart with the puck and was possibly the ONLY guy all night to actually complete a pass on an odd-man rush, just a shame it was to Jacob "Hands of Stone" Josefson because he deserved an assist there.

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Sal needs to be stripped of the C. Give him an A back and run three alternates. I don't think he is able to fulfill that role.

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Sal needs to be stripped of the C. Give him an A back and run three alternates. I don't think he is able to fulfill that role.

I feel like this is definitely a bad Idea. He hasn't had much time, the team isn't exactly playing bad, and taking away the C could totally mess up the dynamic in the locker room. NJD just gave Sal the C and made a big deal about how right he was for the job, to revoke it now basically makes Sal, and the management look bad. Obviously Sal's morale would be shattered but also the teams morale as a whole would be shaken by doing something negative like this. I agree Sal hasn't been as consistent as he should be and he should be playing a bit better but Captain doesn't always have to be the person with the most skill. I can't see anything positive coming from taking away the C at this point.

Edited by NJDevils1214

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Ah okay, I haven't been able to post, but it seems like it's a browser issue rather than a forum issue.

 

Anyway -

 

PK strong, got some lucky bounces, easy win.  Devils played strong defensive hockey, but those shot numbers are troubling.  Also interesting that Zidlicky only got 13 minutes and was taken off the #1 PP unit - we'll have to see how that progresses, taking a late penalty by pinching in during a 3-1 game can't have helped his cause much.

Edited by Triumph

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interesting, i didn't realize Zidlicky's minutes were what they were.

 

im still uncomfortable with Kovy not getting anything on the board.  i think that's 1 assist in the last 6 games for him.  he REALLY needs to get going.

 

I loved what i saw from the second line tonight.  fourth line still gave us some energy.

 

im finally seeing something from Butler.  Speed is speed, and you can't coach against that.  If he can play consistent, and not make mistakes, then i will be glad to welcome him to the 3rd line.

 

Larsson was nice and, surprisingly, Green has been wearing on me the last couple games.  Good stuff.  

 

a win is a win, but I still think we need outside help

Edited by Onddeck

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Woah woah woah, Salvador had a very solid game tonight. He has an awful contract and what not but tonight was not a night to rag on him.

 

And Butler can play, give him good linemates and the kid will get some points.

Edited by Zubie#8

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Larsson looked fantastic tonight! I think Stevens is really helping him out in practice and off the ice to help him really understand how to be an all star D-man in this league. Butler looked great tonight! Josefson will go on a streak I feel once he gets a goal. Kovy is fine and just in a slump, we know he will start scoring. Marty and the PK were both fantastic tonight and the main reasons we won. Keep it going Devils!

Edited by Prucenterrules

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^^^ I forgot to mention Larsson, his positioning and stick work was superb. For the first time I am not nervous when he's on the ice.

Edited by Zubie#8

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I missed the game but when I rewatched it, I noticed no fights. With no Rupp, Prust, Janssen, and Boulton in the lineup, I thought of a tweet from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News from earlier in the year.

 

I feel so sorry for games with no staged fights. How do players go a full 60 minutes when no tone has been set?

 

 
After last season, I didn't think it was possible for both teams to play this way. Happy it happened without those two stiffs for the Devils.

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Oh that was excellent, listened to it in my cruiser & watched at the station a bit.

They sounded like they were in control most of the game. When I watched they looked good enough but certainly some scary moments. Brodeur was a God out there & stoked about the King Henrique goal!!

It feels nice to have the puck bounce out way against these turds. Nothing better than a Devils victory over the Queen of the Rags.

Lets keep it up! LGD!

Btw...

When the Devils were getting ready for the start of the season, practicing, scrimmaging against Albany and what not, I told my buddy I thought Butler was going to turn out to be a really good player. I was surprised when they put him on waivers and sent him back down. He should be here to stay.

Edited by ScoreMoreThan3

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It has nothing to do with luck. Josefson can't shoot for his life.

Josefson....it's Swedish for "hands of stone" Edited by BlueSkirt

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