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1/26-- Devils Game Recap

By: Brian Deakyne

Ottawa Senators (28-21-4) 3, New Jersey Devils (34-16-1) 0

1st Period Analysis: From the drop of the puck, it was obvious that the Ottawa Senators were the team playing with momentum and riding a six-game win-streak. After back-and-forth action for two minutes that ended with Senators goaltender Brian Elliot stopping New Jersey's Zach Parise on a 2 on 1 opportunity for the Devils. Minutes later, Alexei Kovalev would connect on his 13th goal of the season, giving Ottawa a 2-1 lead midway through the period. The Senators controlling play wouldn't end there, minutes later they drew a penalty, and although they didn't score, momentum was on their side once again. A minute after a Jonathon Cheechoo goal was disallowed for Ottawa, Milan Michalek would net his 18th of the year, and the period would end, Senators in the lead, 2-0.

2nd Period Analysis: In the second, the Devils came out on the attack, providing themselves with several scoring chances--particularly from the Zajac Parise Langebrunner line. Still, at 15:47 of the period, it was Ottawa's Filip Kuba who tapped in his 4th goal of the season giving the Senators a 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

3rd Period Analysis: The third period was mainly a neutral zone battle between the Devils and Senators. In a game that has seen the minimum of shots, the third period is simply a microcosm of the game with New Jersey tallying seven shots, Ottawa six. Brian Elliot remained perfect throughout the perfect, and the Senators would go on to win, 3-0.

The Final Tally: This game would prove that the red-hot Senators are simply too much, even for the first-place Devils. Senator Jason Spezza was all around the ice, playing a part in all three goals for Ottawa. Brian Elliot was spectacular, registering 23 saves and a shutout.

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