Devils D-is the Key in 2-1 Victory over Ottawa
New York, NY - The New Jersey Devils (17-30-3) continued to be the hottest team in the NHL in the second half of the NHL season, by picking up a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators (17-26-8)in hockey action on Tuesday night.
On the day where rumors ran wild on Twitter that the Devils were for sale, the team would not let that get to their heads as they looked like a team fully capable of making the playoffs with their traditional Devils style of defense.
In spite of many good offensive opportunities neither team was able to tally a goal in the first period of play as it would be 0-0 at the end of the first period.
The Devils would then strike for their first goal of the game at the 0:35 mark of the second period of play as Nick Palmieri (4) tallied a nine foot backhanded shot, which was assisted by Andy Greene (16) and Ilya Kovalchuk (16) for the 1-0 lead.
Ottawa would however strike back to tie the game up at the 5:09 mark as Alex Kovalev (9) would record a 10 foot wrister on a power play opportunity, which was assisted by Daniel Alfredsson (15) and Erik Karlsson (21) to make the game 1-1.
New Jersey would then find the game-winner at the 14:17 mark of the third period of play when Dainius Zubrus (eight) had a 14 foot wrister, which was set up by Patrik Elias (25) and Brian Rolston (11) for the eventual 2-1 Devils victory.
Martin Brodeur had a solid night for the Devils making 15 saves only allowing one goal in the game, while on the other side of the ice Robin Lehner had 31 saves.
New Jersey will now head to Madison Square Garden for a visit with their Tri-state rival the New York Rangers for a 7:00 p.m. Thursday night face-off.