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Devils looking to get back on track

Thursday, 10.30.2008 / 11:44 AM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils looking to get back on track
Brodeur has faced 108 shots in the last three games.
newjerseydevils.com – Brent Sutter says the Devils played a different brand of hockey to get to 5-1-0 than they have during their current three-game losing streak.

The Devils' head coach stressed Thursday that his club needs to rediscover its winning form.

"We've just gotten away from our game," Sutter said. "We've gotten away from the identity of our team. And it's showing. It's showing in our play... in our shots against. It's showing in our quality shots. It's showing in a lot of things. [But] it's certainly correctable."

New Jersey (5-2-2) dropped a 6-5 shootout to Toronto Wednesday at Prudential Center and remained winless since topping Dallas 5-0 on Oct. 22. The Devils saw a 2-0 first-period lead evaporate on three straight second-period goals by the Leafs in a span of 3:18.

Colin White's first of the season broke a 3-3 tie in the second, but Toronto answered with two more in the third to take a 5-4 lead.

Zach Parise's team-leading seventh goal of the season – his fifth in as many games – tied the contest at 5-5 with 8:43 left in regulation.

New Jersey's leading scorer with 12 points, Parise has scored in all but two games this season, and has been held without a point just once in nine contests. With nine points in five games, he has climbed into a tie for fifth in the league.

Martin Brodeur faced a career-high 48 shots against the Leafs, who won it on Niklas Hagman's deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout. Brodeur has seen 108 shots over the last three games – 81 in the last two alone.

With 543 career wins, Brodeur remains nine victories shy of surpassing Patrick Roy's all-time mark.

Reducing opponents' scoring chances will be an important first step. The Devils are back in action Saturday against Atlanta, and close out the four-game homestand with games Monday against Buffalo and Wednesday against Tampa.

"You're not going to win every game, but it's how you win games and how you lose games," Sutter said. "The last two games we've lost [at home], we gave ourselves no chance to win. Last night, we were very fortunate to be where we were after 60 minutes."
 
NJD NOTES
Jamie Langenbrunner, Matt Halischuk and Petr Vrana participated in Thursday's skate at AmeriHealth Pavilion. Halischuk picked up an assist on White's goal to record his first career point in his NHL debut Wednesday... Nicklas Bergfors and Sheldon Brookbank, both of whom were scratches Wednesday, also skated. Kevin Weekes was in net.

Brian Gionta posted two assists Wednesday to extend his points streak to four games (1g-3a-4pts)... Dainius Zubrus' goal in the first period against the Leafs stretched his points streak to three games (2g-1a-3pts).

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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

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