Josefson, Kovalchuk and tedenby celebrate a Devils goal.
For the second game in a row diminutive rookies Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby came up huge in another do or day game for the New Jersey Devils.
Josefson listed as 6-1, 190 pounds and Tedenby listed as 5-10, 175 teamed up to score what proved to be the winning goal in Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.
Tedenby has been described as “small but fearless,” with “outstanding speed, stick work and work ethic.” He proved it Tuesday night by beating Atlanta defenseman Mark Stuart to set up Josefson at the top of the left circle. Josefson whipped a seeing eye shot between goaltender Ondrej Pavelec’s pads for what would be the game winning goal and his second in as many games.
“It was great play by Teddy there,” Josefson said. “I just tried to get open and he found me pretty good. That was a nice one.”
Tedenby seems to have a knack for finding players open in crucial situations. He also had the primary assist on Anssi Salmela’s OT goal in Saturdays win against the New York Islanders.
The pair of young Swedes have used blazing speed and undeniable chemistry to form what could be another dynamic line for New Jersey.
Having played on the same line for Sweden at the World Junior Championships they have a history together. But they’ve had trouble clicking in the NHL until Devils coach Jacques Lemaire added hardworking winger David Clarkson to their line. Since then the trio have produced some timely goals and given the Devils another offensive weapon.
The newly formed lines give the Devils another bonafide scoring threat, something the team has sorely lacked. Before Fridays win against Atlanta, New Jersey had gone seven consecutive games without scoring more than 2 goals. Since this line was formed, they have scored 3 or more goals per game.
Josefson was averaging just around eleven minutes to now being on the ice over fifteen minutes a game. Tedenby was scratched in two recent games but has come back to play solid minutes for a team deeply entrenched in the playoff race.
Although still in their first season in the NHL, both Josefson and Tedenby have championship experience and have proven they can produce when it counts.
Josefson participated in the World Junior Championships in 2009, winning a silver medal at the Under-18 World Championships. He had 7 points including 2 goals and was +5 in six games. He was also a member of Sweden’s Under-18 team that finished fourth at the World’s in 2008.
In 2006-07, Tedenby had 20 points playing for the HV 71 Junior team and was a key player on Sweden’s Under-18 team at the IIHF World Championships. He tied for the team lead in points with eight points in six games.
With only 13 games left in the regular season the Devils hope their dynamic Swedish duo is the last piece of their playoff puzzle.
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The Devils have a New Dynamic Duo!
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