brodeur and devils top red wings 4
martin brodeur has been the masked face of the new jersey devils for 20 years.
« i don’t know, » thomas said about the possibility of being traded in a 20 save effort in a 4-3 victory over the detroit red wings on tuesday night that would have marked his final game with the new jersey.
i had some good conversations with lou, president and general manager lou lamoriello devils) about what i want to do for the rest of the year and maybe next year. from there, you know, it’s up to him to make the decision that he wants. he knows exactly where i stand. »
stephen gionta scored the tiebreaking goal with under 37 seconds left to lift new jersey to victory. adam henrique, marek zidlicky, and travis zajac also had goals for the devils (27 23 13), who closed within one point of detroit (28 21 12).
« that’s a game we can’t lose, » devils coach peter deboer said. » i would have taken a win any way). winning in regulation was huge. »
johan franzen, brendan smith and todd bertuzzi scored for the red wings against thomas, who has been the subject of trade rumours leading up to wednesday’s deadline.
« we’ll see what’s going to happen, » said thomas, who has a no trade clause and stated he wasn’t asked to waive it.
gionta put the devils ahead for good when he tipped mark fayne »s point shot past jimmy howard for the winning goal.
« it’s always nice scoring goals, especially one that can help out the team in a big way, gionta said.
howard finished with 25 saves.
« it’s not what we wanted to see happen here, » howard said. » to let one slip away is frustrating. »
zajac snapped has 2 tie with his 10th of the season 6: 30 into the third period. ryane clowe forced a turnover in the defensive zone wi polo ralph lauren th a hit, and zajac and jaromir jagr quickly moved the puck on ice.
the lead lasted for only 3: 13 when bertuzzi tied it with a power play goal.
henrique opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game when his shot pinballed in off of the sprawled howard. franzen tied it for detroit 11 minutes later with his 13th goal during a power play.
franzen stole t polo ralph lauren he puck from forward dainius zubrus in the left circle and manoeuvred along the goal line before snapping a quick shot past brodeur.
detroit went ahead 2 – smith’s second of the season 7: 3 in the second period, the zidlicky got new jersey was power play 42 seconds into the third.
the red wings were 2 and 4 on the advantage. new jersey went 1 for 3.
devils fans chanted brodeur »s name during the national anthem and throughout the game.
« it was great, » thomas said. » i didn’t expect that. i think (reporters) did a good job to kind of create with a sellout for the devils. but definitely it was nice that the fans reacted like that.
« i haven’t played since jan. 7 here in this building. it’s been a while, so i was happy to get back in here and play well enough to win. »
the 41 year old goalie is the nhl »s career leader in minutes played, wins, losses and shutouts games played, a. he has been awarded polo ralph lauren the vezina trophy as the league »s top g polo ralph lauren oalie four times and is a three time stanley cup champion while playing his entire career with the devils.
« i use consummate pro. » you never see any breaks, « de boer said of thomas, who is in the final year of a two year, $9 million contract, and has lost playing time to cory schneider.
« i hope they don’t trade him, » said senator babcock, who coached. the 2010 canadian olympic team as it won the gold. » a decorated athlete like him. i hope he stays in new jersey devil. »
notes: the teams will complete their three game season series on march 7 in detroit. . devils alumni will play a select group of russian legends in a charity game on wednesday at the center to raise funds for a new jersey high school hockey player who sustained a broken neck in a game on january 4. we zajac’. jagr’ s main’s goal gave him 40 in his career, passing hall of famer marcel dionne for ninth on the nhl career list.