09 February 2011
Do you think sitting on the bench for the entire 3rd period against Montreal spoke to Tedenby? Tedenby found the net twice as the Devils sunk the Canes in OT. I'll be honest, with his benching in Montreal, I was a little surprised that Lemaire looked Tedenby's way for the OT but he did have some jump in his game all night.
The problem with the game last night was that the Devils allowed the Canes to get a point out of the game. Sure, the Devils shouldn't be so focused on the playoffs because they are quite a ways out but a playoff run is always going to be in question. If the Devils want to make it, they need to get 2 points out of the Carolina games while not allowing the Canes to get a point.
Volchenkov took some bad penalties and the Devils looked bad on the PK, allowing Skinner to find the net twice while up a man. Volchenkov delivered an elbow to the head of Carolina forward Zach Boychuk which is probably going to get the leagues attention. It was, without a doubt, the type of hit that needs to go away.
I thought Hedberg played well. I'm still not sure how Skinners first goal even got in there. Hedberg wasn't giving up much but it found some hole. Clarkson picked a good time for a scrap as it gave some energy to the Devils and the crowd. Tedenby answer a few minutes after the scrap on a nice feed from Arnott.
Palmieri did a good job following up a Kovalchuk shot to knot the game at 2 late in the third. He did exactly what we need guys to do, which is drive the net. The Devils really tried to pound home the game late but Cam Ward made a nice stop on Eliase in the final minute.
Tedenby made a nice move and beat Cam Ward high for the OT winner.
The Devils certainly have things to work on but the head to Toronto for a game against the Leafs tomorrow night. Marty is still day to day and we will see in the NHL has anything to say to Volchenkov today.
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