Very good effort. They were chasing the puck for most of the 2nd period, but pretty decisively held the edge overall. Hard to think Hank's still in their heads after this one. Once again his glove looked like his Achilles heel. Marty made a bunch of outstanding stops. Clarkson played the game we need from him unlike the last time around. Kovy's a beast. Henrique is nasty. Sal and Volchenkov are stalwarts. Really, everyone played a good game.
Man, all just feels right in the universe when New Jersey beats New York.
- For all the strides he's made this year, Clarkson is still a moron. Except now he's a moron who's 2nd on the team in goal-scoring. We need him on the ice, not in the box. Cool off, doofus.
- Parise was invisible. Kovalchuk was creating something every time he touched the puck and Henrique had a couple prime chances. But Parise? Totally invisible.
- The play that personified the game for me was Elias all alone on the doorstep making a no-look pass to no one. Too fancy. In a game where shots are hard to come by, you take the damn shot.
Frustrating game. But, in the end, it came down to them getting a good bounce and us getting no bounces (or calls). It's a three-game losing streak, but only one of those losses was a clearly inferior effort. Pick up, dust off, and get to it on Thursday.
If he can bring as much offense as Foster while being less of a defensive liability, this trade will be a success. If not, his salary can be buried in Albany next year. Either way, Foster was a defensive nightmare and neither Palmeiri nor Veillieux had any value to us. Picks are picks.
The raw talent is visible. Good awareness, good puck skills, quick decision-making. Give him some experience and add some weight to that frame and I could see him developing into a very Elias-esque player.
The future here is bright with Zajac, Henrique and Josefson manning the middle for years to come. And with Henrique having the breakout year he's having, that buys time for Josefson to develop. No rush.
I'm sure DeBoer is aware of it, as is his staff, and I'm sure they're working on it. Fortunately they have time...23 games to improve on that.
Not only do they have time to address it, but they've already established a track record of successfully addressing glaring issues. Anyone remember the last shorty the Devils surrendered? The last time it seemed the Devils couldn't get a win without needing the shootout? The last time anyone called for Adam Oates' head because of the PP? Or the last time anyone complained about our nonexistent offense? Hell, this team has even beaten the Rangers in their last two meetings, including Marty besting Paddy McDouchepad in a goalie duel.
I haven't had this much confidence in a Devils coaching staff over the course of a full season in a long time.
Just wanted to bump this to say how happy I've been with Poni's acquisition.
For his entire tenure with the Devils, Zubrus has been the team's ultimate complimentary player, filling gaps on lines with various players and differing skill sets. He's done well pretty much wherever he's been put, but has always been that complimentary guy.
With Poni, we finally have a guy whose style compliments Zubrus's. Watching those two play together has been a lot of fun. I almost wanna call them the Huffy Line because of how hard they cycle. It's no surprise DeBoer tends to put them out after a goal allowed because they're so good at getting the puck deep and keeping it deep ... the prototypical momentum buster.
First this season brought us the blessing of a near carbon copy of Parise named Henrique. Now we pretty much have a second Zubrus. Win, lose or draw, a team that works hard is always easy to root for. Not only is this team working hard, but they're winning. Great stuff, and yet another under-the-radar yet excellent pick up by Lou.
The more I see it, the more I know it was the right call. Volchenkov wasn't pushing him, he wasn't even hooking him ... his stick was on Gaborik's stick. Clean stickcheck. If anything, the way he was leveraged should have slowed Gaborik down. But Gaborik didn't slow down. He plowed full-speed into Brodeur, sticking his elbow into Marty's grill at the last second. Not only was it the right call, but it was a bush league move on Gaborik's part. To me, that's someone clearly taking a run at a goalie who was hobbled the last time a Ranger took a run at him.
I'm glad it cost the Rangers the game. I'm glad it caused Torts to lose his sh!t. I'm glad it preserved a shutout for Brodeur, who played through pain and had to listen to those dumbass Ranger fans try to heckle him even though he hadn't allowed a goal.
Joking aside, I do think natural looks better. And implants stand just as good a chance of making matters worse as they do of improving the situation. Small boobies are better than boobies that are way too far apart or cross-eyed or up way too high or veiny (Tara Reid ... woof). But still, boobies are boobies. Far apart, cross-eyed, high and veiny boobies are still awesome.