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Magnificent seven provided second-half boost

Road winning streak helped spark surge in standings

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 4:43 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Magnificent seven provided second-half boost
The Devils' road run came to an end with Monday's setback at the Garden, but the historic streak helped kick the club's second half into overdrive.

Before coming up short against the Rangers, New Jersey's last road loss had been Jan. 10 in Calgary. The defeat dropped their overall record to six games over .500 at 23-17-2.

They rebounded the next night with a 2-1 overtime win in Edmonton and rolled off victories in Winnipeg, Philadelphia, Madison Square Garden, Buffalo and Montreal.

They made it seven straight on the road with a 4-3 overtime triumph in Toronto on Feb. 21. The streak matched Minnesota (Nov. 13-Dec. 10) for longest in the League this season, and tied for third-longest in franchise history (Jan. 13-Feb. 6, 2009).

Beating the Maple Leafs improved the Devils' mark to 15 games over .500 at 35-20-4.

They outscored road opponents 22-11 over that span, limiting them to one goal or less five times. The power play connected seven times in 25 chances (28%), while the penalty kill went a stingy 21 for 24 (87.5%).

Ilya Kovalchuk had five goals and six assists in the seven games, including two shorthanded tallies, a power-play goal and his first hat trick as a Devil (Feb. 14 @ Buf).

Martin Brodeur was superb in yielding just six goals in five starts. He made 30 saves at MSG on Feb. 7 to blank the Rangers, 1-0, and secure his 117th career shutout.

Johan Hedberg had 22 saves against the Oilers, then delivered a 37-save effort in Philadelphia on Feb. 4.

Zach Parise posted three goals and two assists, including the power-play game-winner in Edmonton. Overall, the captain struck twice on the man advantage.

Patrik Elias showcased his playmaking talents during the surge, recording a goal and five assists, and netting the winner in Winnipeg on Jan. 14.

The winning goals reflect the balanced offense that has the Devils in the Eastern Conference playoff mix. Six different players tallied game-winners, led by David Clarkson's pair (Feb. 7 @ NYR, Feb. 19 @ Mtl).

Alexei Ponikarovsky potted the GWG in the Devils' 6-4 rout of the Flyers, and collected two goals and an assist during the streak.

Petr Sykora had five points (2g-3a) in the seven wins, including the winning strike in Buffalo.

Mark Fayne's fourth of the year – tops among Devils' defensemen – lifted them to victory over the Leafs.

The Devils will be looking to start a new winning streak on the road when their four-game trip continues Thursday in Boston. They head to Washington Friday for a meeting with the Capitals, then close out the swing Sunday on Long Island.

They return home to host the Rangers on March 6.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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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