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Devils Off to Lightning-Quick Start

Friday, 04.13.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Devils Off to Lightning-Quick Start

Team captain Patrik Elias is now the franchise leader in postseason goals.

newjerseydevils.com – A best-of-seven series isn’t over until one team wins four times, but it’s certainly better to go ahead by a game than it is to fall behind.

The Devils find themselves with a 1-0 series lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series after an exhilarating 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Zach Parise recorded his first career two-goal playoff game and Scott Gomez erupted for three assists, as New Jersey flexed its firepower with multi-point performances from five different players.

Patrik Elias and Brian Rafalski each registered a power-play goal and an assist, while Jamie Langenbrunner added two helpers, including the primary assist on Parise’s go-ahead goal in the third period.

“Jamie made a great play in our zone,” coach Lou Lamoriello said after the game. “Then when he came out, he made a great soft pass and Zach, who is a very skilled player, came from the off side and picked the corner. He’s done that all year long for us.”

Elias, meanwhile, moved past Claude Lemieux with his 35th career playoff goal, becoming the new franchise leader.

Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for his 90th playoff win, joining Patrick Roy and Grant Fuhr as the only goaltenders in league history to have won 90 or more postseason games. Brodeur now needs three playoff victories to pass Fuhr for sole possession of second place on the all-time list. Roy holds the record with 151 victories.

A one-game lead might seem insignificant, but the Devils’ recent history suggests otherwise. New Jersey is 1-2 in its last three playoff series, and each time, the winner of game one has advanced to the next round.

The Devils improved to 12-5 in playoff series-opening games at home, and have won nine-straight series dating back to 1999 in which they have taken a 1-0 lead. The team won three of four series openers en route to its 2003 Stanley Cup Championship.

Game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Continental Airlines Arena will have a special start time of 7 p.m. this Saturday (FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).

Tickets for individual playoff games are available at the arena box office, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

WFAN’s Steve Somers will be broadcasting live from the concourse at Gate A on Saturday up until Devils’ pre-game at 6:50 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early at the arena grounds to take part in pre-game festivities before each and every playoff home game, weather permitting.

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 41 10 16 -2 26
J. Jagr 44 9 16 -11 25
M. Cammalleri 36 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 38 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 48 4 16 -8 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 40 8 8 -6 16
S. Gomez 24 4 12 -6 16
S. Bernier 33 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 30 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 17 19 4 .921 2.37
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54