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Danis gets nod for second half vs. Tampa

Sunday, 01.10.2010 / 5:36 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Danis gets nod for second half vs. Tampa
Yann Danis will be in net tonight when the Devils and Lightning resume Friday's postponed game, which will continue from the point of stoppage. It was suspended with 9:12 remaining in the second period, when a faulty circuit breaker caused a lighting problem at one end of Prudential Center.

Martin Brodeur had gotten the start, allowing three goals on seven shots. The Devils will have 29:12 to rebound from a 3-0 deficit.

"I think it's more that Marty has been playing a lot," head coach Jacques Lemaire said Sunday. "It's not three games in three nights, but it's the focus that takes energy, and this is a lot. He had good work last night. He was quite busy, so we have to do it."

Brodeur made 29 saves in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win at Montreal. Zach Parise's breakaway goal at 2:38 of the extra session clinched the Devils' third straight victory. Travis Zajac also scored in regulation.

Danis is 3-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in four appearances this season. It will be the second straight relief appearance for Danis, who came in for Brodeur at Atlanta on Dec. 19 and recorded a victory.

Lemaire said Brodeur, who has started 22 straight games, could use the time off.

"It's only because they were leading 3-0, we were playing Montreal after and we'd give him the rest," said Lemaire. "We're trying to find him rest at different times, and that was an opportunity."

The coach said a quick strike tonight would be key.

"You would like to get a goal early if you can," he said. "You get a goal early, you're still two back but you still have time. You want to play the way we've been playing, getting some chances and play hard."

He admitted the circumstances are a little strange.

"It is, but we take it like a game," he said. "I think it will be strange when we go there and we see the clock at (9:12) and we know we have a period and a half to play. Right now you prepare like it's a game."

Jamie Langenbrunner thinks conventional strategy needs to be thrown out the window.

"We're going to have to be on the attack and try to create something," the captain said. "We can't just play a normal game. It'll definitely be a little bit of a change for us and the philosophy that we take into playing games. There is still almost 30 minutes left, and I think we can score three goals in 30 minutes."

Langenbrunner said the pressure to finish strong rests on Tampa Bay.

"For them, it's kind of chalked up as a win," he explained. "For us, it's kind of the opposite: we really have nothing to lose and we have to kind of go with that mindset."

The Devils dominated much of the play on Friday, and had outshot the Lightning, 20-7, when the game was interrupted.

"At that point we were controlling a lot of the game anyway and doing a lot of good things anyway," Langenbrunner said. "We actually felt pretty good about the way we were playing. We had a couple of bad breaks that wound up in our net, but we were playing well and we have to continue to do that. Hopefully we'll get a few bounces here. Their goalie (Mike Smith) had two days to sit on a shutout, and I don't know if that's a good thing or not. It's a situation that I'm pretty sure none of the 40 guys involved have ever been in."

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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

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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