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NJD Notebook 4.20: Parise leading the way

Monday, 04.20.2009 / 3:36 PM ET / News
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NJD Notebook 4.20: Parise leading the way
Parise celebrates his power-play goal in Game 2. He leads the Devils with five points in three games this postseason.
newjerseydevils.com – Scoring goals in bunches is nothing new for Zach Parise.

Parise has tallies in all three games of New Jersey’s first-round series with Carolina, marking the sixth time this year that he has enjoyed a goal-scoring streak of three-or-more contests.

He notched his third of the postseason, 12th of his playoff career, in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win at Raleigh. Parise's shot in overtime set up Travis Zajac’s clincher 4:58 into the extra session to give the Devils a 2-1 series lead heading into Tuesday's Game 4.

Parise, who led the Devils with 45 goals and 94 points during the regular season, rode a six-game goal streak from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, when he had seven goals and four assists for 11 points. After going without a point in the two games that followed, Parise tacked on a three-game goal streak (3g-1a) from Nov. 8-12.

He scored in three straight (3g-1a) from Dec. 4-10, including back-to-back game-winners at Montreal (OT) and versus Pittsburgh. January brought two more streaks for Parise, who struck in three straight from Jan. 10-13 (3g-1a), then again from Jan. 17-21 (3g-2a) for six tallies over seven games.

Parise's current surge is reminiscent of his performance in the 2006-07 playoffs, when he scored six times in the first four games of the Eastern quarters versus Tampa Bay, including a pair of two-goal efforts.

The Devils have won 23 straight this year when Parise has recorded multiple points (26-2-0), something the fourth-year left wing has already achieved twice in the Carolina series. 

Patrik Elias had a goal in Game 1 and an assist in Game 2, but on Sunday saw his playoff scoring streak snapped at nine games (5g-5a-10pts).

Elias is the all-time leading scorer in Devils' postseason history with 40g-72a-112pts.

• The Devils were 32-4-1 during the regular season when Elias and Parise each recorded at least one point.

• On Sunday, Devils head coach Brent Sutter recorded his 100th overall win (97 reg. season & 3 playoffs) as the team’s coach.  He accomplished the feat in the fewest number of games:

Brent Sutter 172 games 100-61-11
Jacques Lemaire 176 games 100-56-20
Larry Robinson 176 games 100-59-17
Pat Burns 179 games 100-58-21
Doug Carpenter 285 games 100-161-24

• Before his OT winner on Sunday, Travis Zajac’s only other postseason goal came in Game 1 of the 2007 Eastern semis against Ottawa.

Martin Brodeur started his 161st consecutive postseason game for the Devils, the longest stretch among goaltenders in NHL history.

• Paul Martin has an assist in all three games of the Carolina series, giving him helpers in six of his last eight games (6a), including the regular season.

• With Friday's Game 2 and Sunday's Game 3 both going to overtime, the Devils played in back-to-back OT contests for only the third time in their postseason history.

The last time Jersey's Team saw consecutive playoff games go to overtime was the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, when the Devils dropped Games 3 and 4 in extra time before beating Anaheim in seven.

New Jersey beat Toronto in both OT games during the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Randy McKay scored the winner in Game 2, Brian Rafalski followed with the winner in Game 3. The series went the distance, with the Devils taking out the Leafs in seven.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 70 16 25 -3 41
M. Cammalleri 63 27 13 3 40
P. Elias 64 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 53 7 24 -8 31
S. Bernier 62 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 69 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 59 3 20 3 23
A. Greene 77 3 18 2 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 57 6 12 -3 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 9 .927 2.20
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47