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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59