Parise’s second goal of the game at 12:52 of the third period extends the Devils lead, 6-3, in tonight’s game at the Prudential Center.
Elias corralled the loose puck on the side boards and sent the puck to Langenbrunner deeper in the zone. The captain passed the puck to Parise, who was wide open in front of the net. Parise put the puck from his backhand to the forehand and wristed a puck over Mason’s glove for the goal.
Huselius’ goal at 6:00 of the third period cut the Devils lead, 5-3.
Vermette started the play behind the net. The center came around and passed the puck across the crease. The puck snuck under the skate of Nash and went to Huselius, who put the puck into the net for his 21st goal of the season.
Jakub Voracek’s goal at 19:40 of the second period cut the Devils lead to three goals, 5-2.
Umberger passed a puck from his zone to Brassard at the blue line. Brassard and Voracek came in on a 2-on-1, and Brassard sent a cross-ice pass to Voracek. Voracek one-timed a shot past the skate of Brodeur for his 14th goal of the season.
The Devils lead the game in shots, 19-18. Along with Zajac’s two goals, Kovalchuk has four points (1 goal and three assists).
Zajac’s second goal of the period brought the Devils put the Devils ahead by four.
Once again, it was Zajac deflecting a puck past Mason for a goal. Mottau fired a shot from the point that deflected off the back of Zajac’s knee and into the net for his 23rd goal of the season.
Travis Zajac’s tip-in at 15:40 of the second period extended the Devils’ lead, 4-1.
Kovalchuk took a loose puck and let go a shot from the slot. The puck hit Zajac in the back and bounced into the open net for his 22nd goal of the season.
Kovalchuk’s PP goal at 12:32 in the second period extends the Devils’ lead to two, 3-1.
Mike Mottau started the play at the blue line by keeping in a loose puck. He sent a puck to Parise in the left circle, who sent a cross-ice pass to Kovalchuk in the right circle. Kovalchuk fired a shot to the short-side for his 37th goal of the season.
This is the second time this season the Devils scored three powerplay goals. They previously scored tallied three powerplay goals November 11 against Ottawa.
After that goal, Jared Boll and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond dropped the gloves. I would call it a draw, but both players got good hits in on the other.
Michael Blunden and Dean McAmmond dropped the gloves at 8:57 of the second period. Blunden hit McAmmond high with a check, and McAmmond went after him. The Devils’ center dropped the gloves and took down Blunden, stripping his helmet and hitting him with a few jabs.
For that act, McAmmond took a double-minor for roughing and a game misconduct penalty.
The Devils killed a 5-on-3 powerplay at 9:13 of the period. With David Clarkson in the box serving a minor for McAmmond, Rob Niedermayer took a penalty for hooking. The Devils didn’t allow a lot of pressure on net, and Huselius tripped Martin to end the 5-on-3 advantage.
Antoine Vermette’s goal at 3:40 in the second period cut the Devils lead in half, 2-1.
After carrying the puck into the Devil’s zone, Huselius passed the puck to Vermette. The center fired a shot from the blue line that beat Brodeur over the glove for his 23rd goal of the season.
Paul Martin’s powerplay goal at 1:14 pushed the Devils lead to 2-0.
With Kristian Huselius in the box for hooking, Kovalchuk passed the puck to Elias at the side boards. Elias skated to the top of the left circle and fired a wrist shot through Langenbrunner’s screen. The rebound caromed out to Martin, who pinched down to the right circle. The Devils’ defenseman fired the puck into the open net for his second goal of the season.
The Devils are now 2-for-3 on the powerplay tonight.
Umberger has been a terror on the penalty kill. He had another shorthanded opportunity, but Ilya Kovalchuk made a great diving play to lift the stick and end the threat.
Zach Parise’s powerplay goal at 13:01 of the first period gave the Devils the lead.
With Rick Nash in the box for roughing, the Devils caused a turnover in the Blue Jackets zone. Patrik Elias checked defenseman Kris Russell along the side boards, and the puck slid away from both players. Jamie Langenbrunner took the puck in the right circle and fired a shot to the middle of Steve Mason’s pads, creating a rebound. Parise crashed the net and put the rebound home for his 34th goal of the season.
Before that, the Devils were 0-for-17 in their past six games with the man advantage.
The Blue Jackets led the period in shots, 10-9.
Umberger had a shorthanded chance at 12:50 of the first period. Blue Jacket’s goalie Steve Mason cleared the puck, and Umberger picked up the puck at the blue line. He came down into the zone and fired a shot from the left circle. Brodeur caught the puck and held it for the whistle.
Martin Brodeur made a nice stick poke at 5:39 of the first period. Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard received a pass in the slot, but he flubbed the shot. Brodeur sprawled on his back and poked the puck away from Brassard and the middle of the slot.
Brodeur had to be strong again at 8:25 of the period. A Columbus defender sent the puck to the front of the net, where R.J. Umberger tried to hammer home the rebound. Brodeur made two left-pad saves before getting his glove on the puck for the stoppage in play.
Here were the starting lineups:
Blue Jackets: Kristian Huselius-Antoine Vermette-Rick Nash; Kris Russell-Mike Commodore; Steve Mason
Devils: Zach Parise-Patrik Elias-Jamie Langenbrunner; Colin White-Mike Mottau; Martin Brodeur
The Devils enter the game two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand.
Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils. This will be his second attempt for his 40th win of the season. If he wins tonight, he will record eight 40+ win seasons in his career.
Steve Mason will start for the Blue Jackets.
Defenseman Anssi Salmela and Mark Fraser and forwards Jay Pandolfo, Vladmir Zharkov and Andrew Peters will be the Devils’ healthy scratches for the second game in a row.
Here are tonight’s line combinations:
Zach Parise – Patrik Elias – Jamie Langenbrunner
Ilya Kovalchuk – Travis Zajac – Brian Rolston
Dainius Zubrus – Rob Niedermayer – David Clarkson
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond – Dean McAmmond – Rod Pelley
Bryce Salvador – Andy Greene
Mike Mottau – Colin White
Martin Skoula – Paul Martin