Devils at Penguins postgame - 02-10-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


Note: Due to a technical issue with the normal live game blog post, we are making a separate postgame post.

-This was more of the same from Saturday's game, minus the penalties. The Devils all but shut things down for the Penguins in terms of five-on-five play, neutralized their top two lines and scraped out an ugly but well-earned road win which gave them a bigger lead in the division and conference.

-The Penguins' second line just didn't have it for the second consecutive game. James Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Zach Boychuk simply didn't weren't sharp with thier passes and seemed to have timing miscues. We're wondering how soon the team gives up experimenting with Boychuk on the left wing. He has leveled off after some steady progress initially.

-You could really see the difference in depth on each team's blue line tonight considering the injuries the Penguins are dealing with. The Devils used all three pairings fairly evenly and spread their minutes out. The Penguins, either by choice or circumstance, ran t heir top pairing of Paul Martin and Brooks Oprik pretty hard.

-You can put Tomas Vokoun on the hook for one goal tonight, the wrister by Kovaclhuk through the five hole. Beyond that, he was solid. His counterpart, Johan Hedberg was outstanding. He stole goals, spit out easy rebounds and just seemed a little bit more composed than Vokoun.

-The Penguins' third line was outstanding. It caused all kinds of havoc in the neutral zone. Created a few turnovers which led to scoring chances and was by far the most consistent line for the Penguins.

-The Penguins' power play went 1 for 3 and produced the team's only goal. There's no arguing those results. But the first two chances it had, the power play looked lifeless. It's staggering how it can shine so bright in one instance but be so dull in other.

-The team's first line was okay. it  had some scoring chances. That said, it would be a stretch to label them as high-quality chances.

-David Clarkson is turning into a legitimate top line power forward. He's not afraid to get physical. He will agitate.And he's developed a deft scoring touch in recent years. Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will get paid.

-We really liked what the Devils' third line brought the past two games. It's not a big line. But they get dirty. They agitate. They skate hard. Forehceck and backcheck. They make life miserable for opposing top-six lines.

-The Penguins had a 24-23 lead in shots.

-Malkin and Clarkson each led the game with five shots.

-Martin led the game with 28:52 of ice time.

-Andy Green led the Devils with 23:18.

-The Penguins controlled faceoffs, 34-21 (62 percent).

-Crosby was 19 for 24 (79 percent).

-Adam Henrique was 9 for 18 (50 percent).

-Deryk Engelland and Greene each led the game with three blocked shots.

-Chris Kunitz passed up Pat Boutette for 42nd place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. Each player has 174 points but Kunitz (75) has more points than Boutette (65).

-Cooke appeared in his 900th career game.

-Brandon Sutter had a five-game scoring streak snapped.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.


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