Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 11:46:00 PM with No comments
The New Jersey Devils are making up for lost times, shedding their label as one of the worst teams in hockey. The Devils are playing with a tenacity and peskiness that was absent from the opening third of their season. Thursday, the Devils sauntered in to Madison Square Garden looking every bit the part of a playoff team despite their abysmal 18-30-3 record. The Garden State bunch thrived under the bright lights of MSG with Danius Zubrus percolating for the second consecutive game.
Zubrus would tally a goal and assist each propelling New Jersey to eight wins in ten tries. New Jersey Goaltender Martin Brodeur was brilliant once against notching 25 saves, the same could not be said for Rangers patrolman Henrik Lundvquist who surrendered 3 goals on 12 shots. The Devils still trail eighth place Atlanta by 18 points with 31 games remaining, but New Jersey has put their horrific start in the rear view and appear primed for a strong run at a playoff berth.