The New Year rang in and the Devils started it off with a strong decisive 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadians. Three Devils (Brian Gionta, Jamie Langenbrunner and John Madden) who at times in the first half of the season, struggled to put the puck in the back of the net started 2009 off with a bang.
Brian Gionta started off the scoring with his 10th of year. Despite being tied for 3rd on the team in goals, Gionta could have even had more goals in the first half. After a later 1st period goal by Zach Parise, John Madden made the score 3-1 in the 2nd period. The goal was Madden's 4th of the year and his first since he netted two goals against Dallas on October 22nd, 32 games ago. Jamie Langebrunner finished off the scoring in the 3rd period with his 6th of the season. Langenbrunner of all three has been really snake bitten, missing numerous glorious opportunities of late. Despite his lack of goal scoring this season the Captain has come through with 20 assists.
With the win the Devils have moved within two points of the New York Rangers with three games at hand and three points behind the Flyers with two games at hand on them. There is a good chance if the Devils take care of business against the struggling Senators today and then take e care of the Hurricanes and Thrashers next week the Devils could in first place.
- The Lowell Devils after a long losing streak, won three in a row before last nights 3-2 loss to the Worcester. Former Devils Claude Lemieux scored his 3rd goal of the season in the game last night.
- Colin White missed his third straight game with an injury. There are reports he return today against Ottawa, but should be back next week. The Devils have had the luxury, esspecially on D to sit players who are injured until they are 100% because of their depth.