Devils Post-Game – 1/3/14

Chicago Blackhawks 5 at New Jersey Devils 3

  • Attendance: 16,592 (Sold Out)
  • Three Stars: 1. Patrick Sharp  2. Marek Zidlicky 3. Marian Hossa

Game Notes

  • New Jersey lost in regulation at home to Chicago for the first time since December 30, 1997 (6-2), a stretch of nine games (8-0-1).
  • The Devils fell to 3-8-4 vs. the Western Conference.
  • Tonight’s contest opened the club’s 12th of 22 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are now 3-6-3 in first games and 7-1-3 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • New Jersey was 3/3 on the penalty kill tonight and is 20/21 (95.2%) over the past seven games. The Devils have the league’s second-best penalty-killing record at home (56/61, 91.8%) behind Pittsburgh (51/55, 92.7%) and are ranked third (115/132, 87.1%) overall.
  • Martin Brodeur (19 saves) made his second straight start in goal and fell to 12-9-3 on the season.
  • The Devils had two defensemen score for the fifth time this season.
  • Marek Zidlicky scored a pair of goals (1PP), for his second multi-goal game of the season (December 21 at Washington) and for the eighth time in his NHL career. He now has 4g-2a-6pts in his last six games.
  • Andy Greene scored his seventh goal of the season, a new career-high. Greene scored six goals in 2008-09 and had nine goals in the previous three seasons combined.
  • Adam Henrique had an assist on Zidlicky’s power play goal and now has points in four straight (3g-1a-4pts) and 3g-4a-7pts over his last eight games.
  • Stephen Gionta had the primary assist on Greene’s tally, and now has 2g-1a-3pts in eight games since being activated from Injured Reserve. He had 2a in his first 21 games played this season.
  • Andrei Loktionov had the primary assist on Zidlicky’s goal, his first point since December 4 vs. Montreal.
  • Steve Bernier also assisted on Greene’s goal, his first point since December 2 at Montreal (g).
  • Mike Sislo, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) earlier today, made his NHL debut.

Audio – Head Coach Peter DeBoer

Statistics

Next Up

  • Tomorrow: vs. Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center (7:00 PM ET, MSG Plus 2, Bloomberg Radio 1130 AM).
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