Great win. Team played excellent except for a few breakdowns, and while I don't think Brodeur was strong by any means, he wasn't horrible. Boucher had an excellent game, 2nd and 4th lines were the ones that struggled - I like some of what Tedenby did in transition (set up one great chance), but it looks like he is just guessing out there offensively and defensively.
Interesting that Merrill had 23 minutes and Gelinas 16, even with NJ trailing for long stretches of the game. Merrill just does not make many mistakes back there and he comes up with an elegant play to break the puck out of the zone or to deny a scoring chance to an opposing forward. He is going to be really good, I think - think Paul Martin.
Schneider at some point has to start playing like one of the top goalies in the league. If he does, the crease will be mostly his. He's given up 3 goals in each of the last 4 starts.
I'll agree with Tedenby, but I think he did enough to get another look or two. I liked a lot of what he did. He looked noticeably stronger tonight.
Merrill has been excellent. The Martin comparison is a good one. When I saw Ovechkin like up to start OT, my first thought was that it better see Greene and Merrill out there...and good thing they were.
It should be very interesting what happens when Larsson and Salvador come back. Pete has some very hard decisions. The two biggest liabilities back there are Zidlicky and Gelinas, and they are supposed to be our best offensive defensemen. Tonight's a game that reminds everyone how dangerous Zidlicky can be (he has an incredible slapshot, but rarely ever uses it). Fayne has been this solid before and seen the bench anyway, so that could happen again.
As for Schneider, while he has struggled the last few games, he seems to always play against great teams. He has had very few easy games lately, and it's mentally tough to be fighting for the next game...every game you are out there. If he knew he had 3/4 games in advance, I am sure he could get going mentally and rhythmically.
Edited by devilsrule33, 21 December 2013 - 10:27 PM.