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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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  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

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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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