New Jersey Devils
A year after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996, the New Jersey Devils are going back to the Stanley Cup finals, thanks to a rookie, a 40-year-old goaltender and a coach who’d never been to the postseason in the NHL.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored
shootout goals and the New Jersey Devils won their second straight game, beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night.
New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur didn’t return for the second period of the Devils’ game against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday because of upper-body soreness.
To a man, the New Jersey Devils do not believe that they are as poor as their 4-10-2 record indicates. The frustration reached a boiling point Wednesday night, when $100 million player Ilya Kovalchuk fanned on a shot in the shootout, forcing the Devils to remain winless at home with a 5-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
Patrik Elias scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and the New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.