Sean Avery! A name that makes the nicest Devils fans want to beat the living pulp out of the first person they can find. In his long awaited return after his circus antics in last seasons playoffs with the Rangers, the so called hockey player returned tonight to the "Rock" as a Dallas Star. The Devils preceded to run over the Dallas Stars and their new antagonizer, winning 5-0.
The Devils got on the board early as Jamie Langenbrunner started the scoring 1:59 into the game. Langenbrunner came out from behind the net and backhanded a shot that went through Stars goalie Marty Turco. Then half way through the first period David Clarkson received a penalty trying to drop the gloves with Avery. Showing his true colors, Avery would not drop the gloves the whole night as he was hit around at every turn and by every one wearing a Devils jersey.
In the second period John Madden took care of putting the game away by himself as he scored two goals to extend the Devils lead to 3-0 after two periods. Madden was fed by Paul Martin on a short two-on-one as he beat Turco on the glove side. Just over a minute later Madden scored again as Salvador shot the puck on Turco who left a rebound out in front of him. Madden beat two Dallas defenders and slid the puck right inside the post from the goal line for his 3rd goal of the season. The goal sent Turco to the bench for the remainder of the night.
The Devils finished off the third period and game by doing what they have done so well this season, controlling the puck and getting pucks to the net. Zach Parise scored his team leading 4th goal of the season off a rebound on an Andy Greene shot from the left wing. David Clarkson capped off the scoring as he found a loose puck just inside the blue line and stick-handled around a defender to get to the center of the ice. Clarkson then sent a scorching slap shot by Turco's replacement, Tobias Stephan, low on the blocker side.
With the win the Devils move to 5-1-0 on the season and Brodeur moves closer to breaking Patrick Roy's career wins record and Terry Sawchuk's career shut-out mark. The Devils now head into a weekend home-and-home series with the struggling Flyers, starting on Friday at the "ROCK".
- Parise now leads the team with 7 pts in 6 games (4G-3A).
- Rookie winger Letourneau-Leblond did not have a fight tonight, but he did get on the score sheet with an assist on Clarkson's third period goal.
- Andy Greene had two assists on the night and now has 3 pts in 3 games, including the lone goal from a Devils Defenseman.
- Travis Zajac's parents were in attendance and they saw him get two assists on the night. They may not be staying long as they have two other sons who play college hockey (Darcy-Jr.-North Dakota) (Kelly-Fr.-Union College-NY).