The value of Eric Godard to the Pittsburgh Penguins was evidenced tonight. Bobby Jokelik, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson, and some Leach guy took advantage of the Penguins' enforcer-less lineup tonight.
Jokelik cleanly hit Kris Letang behind the net, but followed through with a cheap shot, landing the shaft of his stick square on the chops of No. 58.
Early in the game, Clarkson was starting stuff with Talbot, but Max wouldn't drop the mitts. Leach was laying the body and Jokemie Langenbrunner took a couple whacks at Letang's wrists.
If the Godardfather was in the lineup tonight, he would have been on the ice to restore order. Instead, Tim Wallace got to play his first National Hockey League game in front of his mom and dad, who didn't even arrive at the arena until the third period. At least they didn't have any trouble getting good seats in the underpopulated Prudential Center.
The value of the goal post to Scott Clemmensen's job as the Devils' starting goaltender was also made evident.
The Devils stayed hot, picking up their eighth win in their last nine contests. The Pens dropped their third game in a row.
Sidney Crosby had a hat trick in his last meeting with the Devils. John Madden was not in the lineup. Madden was in the lineup tonight.
Crosby smoked Madden down the middle of the ice early in the game, but clam shell made a save.
Dany Sabourin, starting his fifth consecutive game, made two big saves on Brian Gionta and Zach Parise at the other end of the rink.
Alex Goligoski tapped his stick, calling for the puck on the left boards. BLJ sent him a pass. Goligoski turned the puck over and the Devils got a scoring chance but Sabou said no.
The Pens started generating some momentum in the offensive zone, thanks to a solid shift from their third line. Jordan Staal had a great scoring chance, but...
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