Devils-Rangers: Craziness In New Jersey (The Good Kind)

JerseySenior Analyst IDecember 13, 2008

The Devils scored eight goals last night, further evidence that this team has finally figured how to score on a somewhat consistent basis. Sure, they also allowed five goals, but Scott Clemmensen did make 31 saves, so it wasn't as bad as it looked.

More important though, is that the Devils finished nine-for-nine on the PK, and even tallied a pair of shorthanded goals. That says quite a bit about the D, even though they did allow five shots to get through.

But sweetest of all is that this victory came against the Rangers and their savior, Henrik Lundqvist. The Devils have finally figured out how to beat this team and this goalie, so a huge monkey has been lifted off their collective backs.

This wasn't a squeaker by any means, and it wasn't against backup Stephen Valiquette. It was a legit outburst, and the Devils can be proud of it. Plus, the five goals were against overachieving fill-in Clemmensen, so Martin Brodeur wasn't the one getting burned.

A lot of positives out of this game. Perhaps Rangers fans can finally stop talking—the Devs are right behind them in the standings, and have played six fewer games. This game was a huge statement.