All it took for the Devils to shake off Wednesday's home loss to Buffalo was a road trip to Boston.
Yann Danis made 31 saves in his Devils' debut and Dainius Zubrus broke a 1-1 tie with 1:26 left in regulation to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Bruins on Thursday.
The teams were even at 1 for 36:02 spanning the second and third periods before Zubrus notched his second goal–and second game-winner–of the year.
Jamie Langenbrunner whiffed on a one-timer from the right circle, but Zach Parise slapped the fluttering puck on goal. Parise's shot got behind Boston netminder Tim Thomas and Zubrus dove at it to knock it over the line at 18:34.
"Jamie had a good chance right before that, I tried to get it to him again just winning a battle on the boards," Zubrus told MSG. "Zach got a whack at it and the puck was just lying there, a couple of inches behind his pads. With me going to the net, it's not the hardest goal, but it's a big goal."
David Clarkson also scored for New Jersey (7-4-0), which improved to 6-0 on the road by taking its seventh win in nine games. In 24 hours, the Devils rebounded from their fourth loss in five home games yo tie Colorado for the most road wins in the League.
"I've been waiting for this one for a while now," Danis told MSG. "It feels good to get that first one out of the way and to get those two points makes it even more special."
Danis showed no signs of rust despite watching the first 10 games of the season from the bench. He coolly outdueled Thomas, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who finished with 29 saves.
"I felt really good," said Danis, who collected his 14th career win. "I've been practicing hard every day to make sure that I was going to be ready when I did get that first shot at that first game. They got two shots early on, and I built confidence from those. We scored the first goal, that always helps. We played a pretty good defensive game. I think a lot of their shots were from the outside, and whenever there was a rebound, we did a great job of clearing the puck."
Danis relished the opportunity to contribute and showed what he's capable of with a nice save on Byron Bitz's backhander at 8:11 of the second. Bitz slipped around Mark Fraser and got in all alone on the Devils' goaltender.
"I want to show the guys that I can play and contribute," he said. "I never doubted myself, but a new team, coming in, new teammates, so you always want to make a good first impression. I think things went my way tonight."
One of the Devils' offseason free agent signings, Danis was congratulated by his teammates after the game.
"Yann did a great job today," Johnny Oduya said. "Thomas is always a good goalie, too. They both played a great game. It's great to have Yann coming in to play games like that, especially this year, there's a lot of back-to-back games. It's going to be a tough schedule so its good to know."
Already missing Paul Martin (forearm) and Jay Pandolfo (shoulder), the Devils also played most of Thursday's game without Oduya. He suffered a lower body injury and did not have a shift after the opening five minutes of the second period.
Oduya wasn't certain if he would miss any additional playing time, but said it's a possibility that he'll play Saturday when the Devils take on Tampa for a 3 p.m. start.
"I have no idea at this point," he said. "Nothing's been decided. We're just going to see whatever the progress is here; what's going on."
Clarkson's third goal of the season, and first in six games, had the Devils ahead, 1-0, after the first period.
Niclas Bergfors ripped the puck through Thomas' pads from the left circle, and Clarkson drove to the net to one-hand the slow, rolling puck over the line at 13:25. Clarkson (1g-3a) and Bergfors (2g-2a) each have four points in their last four games.
"I don't get many of those," Clarkson told MSG. "Bergy made a great play; I didn't know if he was going to slide it or shoot. Just one hand on the stick, saw the rebound and I was lucky to get it. You don't get many, but when you do, you'll take them."
Boston's Patrice Bergeron evened it up early in the second period, 11 seconds after Bryce Salvador's tripping minor had ended. Zdeno Chara fired on goal from the point, breaking Oduya's stick with his shot. That allowed Marco Sturm to shovel the puck to the front, where Bergeron put it into an open net at 2:32.
After Zubrus had restored the Devils' lead, Boston pulled Thomas and nearly scored 6-on-5. Chara's shot hit the crossbar behind Danis with 37.1 seconds to go in regulation.
Parise, the Devils' leading scorer, extended his points streak to six games (5g-5a), as did Langenbrunner (1g-6a). … The Devils took two of four against the Bruins last season, including an OT win.
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