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Devils' top guns fly high in Game 4

Friday, 06.8.2012 / 10:29 AM ET / News
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Devils\' top guns fly high in Game 4

NEWARK -- The good news for the New Jersey Devils was that they scored three times in the third period of Game 4 in the Stanley Cup Final to extend the series for at least another game. The better news was who scored the three goals.

After getting goals from defenseman Anton Volchenkov in Game 1 and fourth-liner Ryan Carter in Game 2 before being shut out 4-0 in Game 3, the Devils finally got some offense from their top players to keep their season alive.

Perhaps the best news was that the Devils' top scorer, Ilya Kovalchuk, sealed the win by hitting the empty net in the final 20 seconds to complete the 3-1 victory in Los Angeles. Kovalchuk had gone without a point in the first three games while managing just five shots -- one less than he had in New Jersey's series-winning Game 6 victory against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Kovalchuk finished the night with four shots and played his best offensive game of the series.

"It's important for a player's confidence, whether it's an empty-netter or there's a goalie in there," said Devils captain Zach Parise, who's gone five games without a point. "It's important for a player to get on the board and just feel better. So for us, that's going to go a long way when he's feeling good about his game."

If Kovalchuk's goal was encouraging, then Patrik Elias' goal to open the scoring in Game 4 was uplifting. The franchise leader in playoff goals, assists, and points, Elias scored his first goal of the Final and just his second in more than a month. The winning goal came from rookie Adam Henrique, another of the Devils' top offensive players who has struggled in this series.

"We know within the room we have the personnel to complete this comeback,'' said Henrique, who scored the series clinching goals in overtime against Florida in Game 7 and the Rangers in Game 6.

"There are a lot of people out there that don't think we can do it, but it really doesn't matter what anybody else thinks, it matters what we think in the room. We have to string together four in a row and every game is do or die. Every game is Game 7 for us and we have the confidence in the room we can do it. It will be tough but we are prepared to do it.''

Devils' coach Peter DeBoer hopes the trend continues for his top-line talent in Game 5 on Saturday night (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"I thought games 2, 3, and 4 we played some pretty solid hockey games. Good enough to win any of those three games. We just couldn't get the first goal, we couldn't get an overtime winner, it just wasn’t working," DeBoer said. "We need guys to start scoring. Just like a win, you hope one goal translates into some confidence and more [goals]. It can't do anything but help everybody's mindset."

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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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