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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 ET / 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."


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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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