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1/31-- Devils Game Recap

By: Brian Deakyne

Los Angeles Kings (33-19-3) 3, New Jersey Devils (35-17-2) 2


1st Period Analysis: Playing against a red-hot team (it seems like they are catching every team on their up-rising), it was essential for the New Jersey Devils to come out sharp on Sunday evening. That they did--even Brian Rolstons tripping penalty was called while on the fore check. After successfully killing that penalty, Johnny Oduya scored his 2nd goal of the season at 4:45 of the period, on a shot that ricocheted several times before ending up behind Kings net minder Johnathon Quick. After the goal, both teams put pressure on the opposing defenses, although neither team registered quality chances. At the mid-way point in the period, the Devils power play failed again, but for the first time in a while, chances were at a maximum and they controlled the puck for the entire two minutes. The Kings, who seemed fatigued early, picked up their play as the period grew on, and the period ended with good pressure from Los Angeles, who trail 1-0.



2nd Period Analysis: In the second, even-played hockey opened play until 5:54 when Travis Zajac jumped up into a rush to give the Devils a 3 on 2 advantage, where Dainus Zubrus hit him with a pass, and Zajac blasted it past quick, giving the Devils a 2-0 lead. Neither team would dominant possession of the puck for the rest of the period, until a late defensive mistake would cost the Devils, and Michal Handzus would score with 28 seconds remaining, with the period ending 2-1 New Jersey.



3rd Period Analysis: The Devils came out hot in the third, as Jay Pandolfo and Rob Neidemeyer led two 2-on-1's, shorthanded, but both ended without goals. Both teams would hang around, with occasional chances on both ends, but late in the period, it was the Kings who took over, first with Wayne Simmonds game-tying goal at 18:14, his 13th of the year. Los Angeles wasn't done there, however. A little over a minute later, on the power play, young defensemen Drew Doughty nailed home the game-winner with 27.34 seconds remaining, and the Kings would go on to win 3-2.



The Final Tally: This was a close game all night, and it was simply a matter of the Kings finishing two chances late and taking the game when they had the chance.

2 comments:

  1. You hit the nail on the head when you predicted that Brodour has been playin less effectivly late in games. Good call... what does he need to do to snap out of it??

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  2. its only a matter of time before Brodeur will get back to his hot streak...the team as a whole needs to show some more confidence however, that will spark brodeur

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