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Devils, Lightning All Even at 2-2

Thursday, 04.19.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Devils, Lightning All Even at 2-2

Travis Zajac's three assists is one shy of the Devils' rookie record for a postseason series.

newjerseydevils.com – It was a dizzying night of ups and downs for the Devils on Wednesday: two goals from Zach Parise, a blown two-goal lead, an overtime winner from Scott Gomez and, in the end, another playoff victory for Martin Brodeur.

The goal from Gomez at 12:54 of overtime wrapped up a 4-3 win for the Devils in game four, and brings them back to the Meadowlands all even at two games apiece in their opening-round series with the Lightning.

Zach Parise’s fifth and sixth goal of this postseason tied a Devils’ franchise record for goals in a playoff series, and his line with Jamie Langenbrunner and Travis Zajac continued to play the vital role for New Jersey that it has all series long.

Parise recorded a career-high 31 goals in the regular season, and Langenbrunner has seen his share of playoff battles, including the Devils’ winning Stanley Cup run in 2003.

But it’s almost easy to forget that Zajac, the final one-third of that unit, is just a rookie. Perhaps that alone speaks volumes for the way he has performed thus far in the series.

The freshman forward assisted on both of Parise’s goals in game four, quietly moving within one of the Devils’ rookie record for assists in a playoff series. He now has three assists in his first four postseason games, one behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the rookie lead.

Jon Morris set the Devils' rookie mark for assists with four in the 1990-91 Patrick Division Semifinals.

Zajac’s overall plus-4 rating is currently tops among first-year players, and he has yet to finish a playoff game with a minus.

In the first period last night, Zajac broke down the right wing after controlling a neutral zone pass from Paul Martin. When Martin joined the rush, Zajac got the puck back to him at the left circle, and Martin found an open Parise for a cross-ice pass and a tap-in goal at 14:20.

Zajac registered his second assist at 9:42 of the second frame, when Parise deflected an Andy Greene point shot past Tampa goaltender Johan Holmqvist.

New Jersey pelted Holmqvist with 37 shots in the contest, while Brodeur stopped 30 of 33 to move closer to a postseason milestone of his own.

The Devils’ goaltender is now just one playoff win shy of Grant Fuhr’s mark of 92, second on the all-time list. Patrick Roy holds the record with 151.

The Devils return to the Continental Airlines Arena to play game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. (FSN NY, 92.3 Free FM).

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

 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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