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A simple plan brings sweet payoff for Madden

Fortunate bounce has Devils thinking tie in Wednesday's Game 4

Monday, 04.14.2008 / 12:57 PM / Features
By Eric Marin
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A simple plan brings sweet payoff for Madden

John Madden's scoring touch has produced a team-leading two goals, including Sunday's OT winner at Madison Square Garden.



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newjerseydevils.com – John Madden was just trying to get the puck to the front of the net.

A simple strategy led to a lucky bounce, and just like that the Devils were back in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the New York Rangers.

Madden's attempt caromed off the skate of Marc Staal and through Henrik Lundqvist to seal the Devils' 4-3 overtime victory Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey trails two games to one in its best-of-seven series and will look to draw even in Wednesday's Game 4 at MSG.

Madden's first of the postseason cut the Devils' deficit in half with under two minutes left in Game 2.
"We talked about it before we went out there in overtime, to get pucks to the net," Madden told WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Monday. "Fortunately for us, we got a victory out of it."

The Devils gave up a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but prevailed in the extra session to avoid falling behind 0-3 in the series. The club's first four-goal surge in seven games led to its second defeat of the Rangers in four meetings, including a shootout victory in the regular-season finale.

"We talked about it. We said we had to win this game. You go behind 3-0 and its tough to come back from," Madden said. "We came out with a good effort and we got some bounces, and that was the key to the game. We capitalized on some of our chances."

After going 1-for-9 with the man advantage through the first two games, the Devils made the most of their opportunities in Game 3.

The Rangers couldn't stay out of the penalty box in the second period, and New Jersey's power play responded with its first two-goal performance in 29 games (2-for-8).

"That was huge. It started with Patrik Elias coming in off the point and knocking down the puck. He made a nice shot to [tie the game]. But Zach Parise had a goal that rolled up over Lundqvist, so we got bounces as well and that's nice to see."

Both Elias and Parise were go-to players for New Jersey during the regular season, tying for the team lead in game-winning goals (8). Elias and Paul Martin currently lead the team with a goal and two assists apiece this postseason, while Madden (2g) and Parise (1g-1a) each have two points.

Now the Devils hope to ride their road momentum to a second straight triumph. The fifth Battle of the Hudson has seen the road team win each of the first three games, a trend that bodes well for Madden's squad in Game 4.

"We have our confidence up," he said. "We've finally scored some goals on Lundqvist and we have to keep going. We have to keep forechecking and creating turnovers, and we have to keep throwing pucks on net. Anytime we get pucks to the net, good things happen."
 
With the Devils' outlook taking a positive turn following their first win of the 2008 playoffs, a win Wednesday would restore home ice advantage for New Jersey. Game 5 is set for Friday night at Prudential Center.

"We've definitely competed with them," Madden said. "At times we've felt like we've outplayed them and other times that they've outplayed us. The key is that we feel that we've had enough opportunities to score to win hockey games. That's the good feeling that we have in our locker room."


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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