The 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs began for the New Jersey Devils with a dominate win in game 1 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Devils dominated and outshot the Carolina Hurricanes 39-19 and won all the small battles en route to their 4-1 victory. The Canes had no answers and the Devils used 4 lines to wear down the Carolina D men with their size and speed.
Mike Mottau opened up the scoring at the 16:03 mark of the 1st period with a point shot that found its way into the home town net. Zach Parise scored 59 seconds into the 2nd
period to put the Devils up 2-0 and the domination was on. Patrik Elias scored a laser at the 11:33 mark of the 2nd period on a feed by Brian Gionta. The Carolina Hurricanes found some life in the 3rd period when Ray Whitney scored at the 9:22 mark of the 3rd period but
the Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner snuffed any thoughts of a comeback out just 29 seconds later to put the Devils up 4-1 for the win for the home town Devils for the first time at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Paul Martin was a stud all night and the Devils 4 lines contributed with hits and production throughout. It was a great start but that is exactly what it is a start……. you need 4 wins to advance in the playoffs and this veteran club knows that it will take a better effort to better this Canes team in game 2. If this game is any indication of things to come then I am very impressed. I have been screaming at the TV for weeks on their PK’s to attack the point shots and tonight they did! They came up big on the PK against the Canes at the beginning of the 3rd period to keep the momentum for the Devils. Martin Brodeur made the saves when he
had to and he played solid. One game down with 3 more to go for the Devils in this tough series against a very good Carolina team, great start boys, great start.
Jersey Jay aka Jayson Saikaley
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