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Devils Respond; Fans So-SoToday @ 2:35 AM ET | Comments (14)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Apr. 29) -- New Jersey's hockey fanatics are popping open the bubbly because the team announced that all 19,040 seats were sold for last night's Game 2 of the Devils/Senators series. Only in this region would that be so novel as to elicit celebration. In just about every other NHL city, selling out a playoff game would not be a discussion topic. Here, it will probably spawn headlines in most of the local newspapers later today. Saturday's number was also deceiving. Just as the Devils announced that more than 15,000 tickets were sold for Game 1, this crowd was far below the posted figure. Anyone who was at Saturday's match knows there were thousands of empty seats in the Continental Airlines Arena -- entire rows were unoccupied in some sections. The actual body count was probably more like 15,500, which is pretty good by Jersey standards. Why so many people would spend the inflated figure to buy playoff tickets then not show up is a mystery.
The larger crowd had an immediate impact on the Devils, who came out of the gate with much more energy -- matching the electric atmosphere in the building... the opposite of Thursday's opener. It's amazing what 3,000 extra fans can mean to the club. Brian Gionta capitalized with an early goal, and the Devils deserved to win the game, even though they coughed up a lead in the final minute of regulation.
Martin Brodeur also bounced back with a more typical playoff effort. His glove-hand, questioned after Game 1, was lightning quick in the second match, and it's possible that the Senators will be gripping over the veteran goalie in the hours leading up to Game 3. That's the primary edge the Devils have had all these years, and Brodeur did enough good things in Game 2 to get in the heads of the Ottawa shooters. It will be interesting to see how the Senators respond in front of their home patrons.
Edited by officerfarva, 29 April 2007 - 02:53 AM.