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

Tuesday, 04.24.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59