Opposites Attract in Devils 2-1 win

BOSTON – If you were to ask a Boston Bruins or New Jersey
Devils fan, that tonight’s game would be a fast paced game with very few
whistles, penalties, and odd man rushes, then, they would probably disagree
with you. On the other hand, if you asked them that this game would come down
to the wire, and the game would be low scoring, then, they would probably agree
with you.

After an evenly matched game, in front of a sellout crowd of 17,565 at the
TD Garden, it was Dainius Zubrus who would play the role of the hero with 1:26
left in the game.

After Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas stopped a Zach Parise
shot, Zuburus snuck in the backdoor – while Thomas was dealing with a lot of
bodies in front of him – to knock home the rebound and give the Devils the 2-1
victory. Parise and Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner got the assists on the
game winner.

“The goal (I thought) was just staying in on it,” said
Zubrus. “Our captain (Langenbrunner) had a couple chances on the high slot, and
then we tried to battle for the rebounds on the loose pucks.

“On the goal I think he (Langenbrunner) took a shot that
wasn’t a hard shot, but then Zach got a whack at it too and I was just going to
the net.  Fortunately, it was a
couple inches behind Tim Thomas. It wasn’t the hardest goal, but it was a good
goal.”

While it was stated a few days beforehand that Martin
Brodeur was supposed to start tonight, in the second consecutive game of a back
to back, it was actually backup goaltender Yann Danis who made the start.

As part of the Hobey Baker Hat Trick in 2004 for Brown
University, Danis made 31 saves in his first start with the New Jersey Devils,
and was the third star of the game. Despite not seeing any time between the
pipes since the preseason, Danis didn’t show any signs of rust.

“Obviously it was my first start, but I approach it just
like any other game,” Danis said. “I’ve been working hard in practice to make
sure I was sharp. I was waiting for this one for awhile.”

While the game was low scoring with good goaltending, the
flow of this game was quite surprising from these two squads. The first whistle
of the game didn’t even come until the 6:57 mark of the first period. It was
Fast paced hockey at its finest, with few whistles, a lot of odd man rushers
and, not to forget, there were only three penalties combined in this game.

Both teams deserved two points tonight, but it was the
Devils who got the last bounce. Dennis Wideman had the unlucky bounce of the
night, as he hit the cross bar with less than a minute left. Despite the
result, Bruins head coach Claude Julien was pleased with his team’s effort
tonight.

“I thought we had a good start,” said Julien. “I thought we
were skating well and our breakouts were good, and I thought that throughout
the whole game. I am not disappointed in the way we played, but I am
disappointed by the outcome.”

Julien continued, “I thought we played well enough to win.
This is one of those nights, where throughout the course of the season, you
will lose a hockey game because the other team got one extra bounce that went
their way. It was what I call a ‘heavy game’ where both teams were strong on
the puck, and it was a great game from start to finish.”

After tonight’s victory, the Devils are now 6-0 on the road.
However, the team is only 1-4 at the Prudential Center, the Devils home, in
Newark. While the team can’t get the job done at “The Rock”, they are certainly
making up for it away from home.

“I have no idea how we find ways to win,” said Devils head
coach Jacques Lemaire. “Just find a way that is good. We can’t win at home, so
we need to find a way to win on the road.”

Maybe the Devils should play every game on the road. Even
though he was tonight’s hero, Zubrus however, doesn’t want to add more frequent
flyer miles, in order to win away from home.

“I don’t think so,” he said jokingly about playing 82 road
games this year. “I know where you’re going with this, but I don’t think so.”

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