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Devilishly Good: N.J. Offense Off To Hot Start

Tuesday, 04.24.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Devilishly Good: N.J. Offense Off To Hot Start

 

Zach Parise's six playoff goals is currently tops in the league.

newjerseydevils.com – Pay too close attention to how well Martin Brodeur's goaltending helped to close out the Lightning, and you might overlook the fact that the Devils appear to have caught the scoring bug.

Sure, Brodeur capped New Jersey’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal with three straight wins and a shutout, but with the book now closed on the NHL’s first round, the Devils are turning heads with their offense.

They look to continue that trend when their second round match-up with the Ottawa Senators opens at the Continental Airlines Arena on Thursday night (7 p.m., FSN NY, WFAN 660).

Tickets for the Eastern Conference Semifinals are available by visiting the arena box office, by calling Ticketmaster charge-by-phone, or by logging on to ticketmaster.com.

After six games of going toe-to-toe with one of the league’s most electrifying offenses in the Lightning, the Devils finished with the best postseason power play on home ice (30.8%), and tied Ottawa for the second-best overall (25%).

Scott Gomez leads the league with nine postseason points, having scored the overtime winner in a critical game four. He burned the Lightning for three multi-point games, including three assists in game one, and a goal and two assists in game five.

So far, Gomez is well ahead of his playoff production of a year ago, when he had nine points after two rounds. He tallied two goals and four assists against the Rangers in the 2006 Quarterfinals, adding three goals in the Semifinals against Carolina.

Zach Parise’s breakout series vaulted him to the top of the league’s scoring leaders, as the sophomore struck for six goals versus Tampa. Parise hasn’t missed a beat since recording a career-high 31 goals in the regular season, scoring in each of the first four contests against Tampa Bay, including the winning goal in game one.

Brian Gionta scored twice in the series clincher, including the game winner, and finished the opening round with five goals that tied him with Vincent Lecavalier for second overall.

When the NHL’s first round ended last night in Vancouver, the Devils had not only Gomez atop the scoring leaders, but also Brian Rafalski (2g-5a) and Patrik Elias (1g-6a) tied for third overall with seven points each, and Parise and Gionta (5g, 1a) tied for fourth overall with six points apiece.

Elias is tied for the league lead in power-play assists (3), while Rafalski is tied with Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom for the lead in power-play points by a defenseman (5), and trails only Lidstrom for the overall points lead among blueliners.

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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