A first period like that is not uncommon when you have two teams that don't know each other. Looked like a preseason game in first period. Once they started disliking each other the intensity picked up. Clarkie recognized this and started mixing it up towards the end of the 1st
I liked how the Devils played tonight. Our offense can go toe to toe with any team, we just need some help on defense, which im hoping will improve with the return of Larsson and the addition of Zidlicky.
I don't know if it was the emotional win last night or the heavy travel, but Vancouver looked very mortal tonight. Certainly not the juggernaut we saw last season.
That said, Schneider played outstanding and was the difference tonight. Props to him.
Including the game tonight, it was 5 games in 7 nights (This is the 2nd back-to-back situation on this roadtrip), coming off a emotional/physically draining win in Detroit, plus the Canucks didn't land in NJ 'til like 3:00am as well because of a blizzard in Detroit.
Let's just say, this roadtrip has been the biggest grind.
Notice the Sedins did practically nothing tonight. That's the most important thing to take away. And yes, I know they were probably tired from this gauntlet of games. But big props to the Salvador-Volch pairing along with the Zubrus line. We're going to need this five to perform in the playoffs, so to frustrate and wear down the opposition's top lines.
In the end, we didn't pass the test. That's what the one thread called this game several days ago.
Time to go to the gym. And watch NYR Rewind on the step machine. When I see Mark Stall score in about an hour or two, I'll hit the ceiling.
In the end I think we definitely passed the test.We were the better team for most of the game, we just got unlucky and their goalie had a great game. This is now the best team in the league and we just barely lost to them.
Good Game! Lots of skating in this one. Schneider was certainly the difference.
Speaking of Schneider: for those who haven't seen him much before, wouldn't he look good in a New Jersey uniform as Brodeur 2.0? The asking price would be high I'm afraid, but I assure you he's worth it.