NHL: New Jersey Devils Continue Hot Streak against the Anaheim Ducks
The New Jersey Devils continued their hot streak on the road in the National Hockey League last night, with a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks taking their record away from the Prudential Centre to 8-0-0.
Jacques Lemaire’s team took the lead at the Honda Centre after just 38 seconds when Captain Jamie Langenbrunner was on hand to tip home a point shot from Andy Green, and the Devils never looked like losing their advantage in the first period.
They were pegged back 2.25 into the second, however, when Anaheim right-winger Corey Perry connected with Bobby Ryan’s assist to net his 12th goal of the season. Rather than allowing the Ducks to build on their momentum, the goal only served to rally the Devils and they soon reclaimed their lead through David Clarkson’s strike.
The right-sided forward was set free down the middle, with defenseman Green again providing the telling pass, before he beautifully toe-dragged the puck around James Wisniewski and drove a venomous shot between Ducks keeper Jonas Hiller and the right-hand post. That looked to be it for the second period, but with just 12.7 seconds remaining, Zach Parise delivered the third to ensure the Devils record remained intact.
With the Devils short-handed, a perfectly placed outlet pass from Langenbrunner set him free on the breakaway, and Parise duly converted from his own rebound to make the score 3-1. With the win all but secure, New Jersey seemed content to play out a risk-free final period and they were certainly assisted by the safe pads of ‘keeper Martin Brodeur, who turned in a commanding 31-save performance during the game.
The victory now sees New Jersey extend their winning streak to six and moves them into a tied lead with the Pittsburgh Penguins – their next opponents on the road - for the Atlantic Division.