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5 Takeaways From the Devils' 2-1 Victory Over the Flyers

by Photo of Gil Santos

The New Jersey Devils picked up an important win over their rivals last night

5 Takeaways From the Devils' 2-1 Victory Over the Flyers

1. Critcal win. In a crucial four-point game, the New Jersey Devils beat their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, on the road to inch closer to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Devils are now two points off the pace for both the final postseason spot in the Metropolitan division and the wild card. Their playoff hopes took a hit in an excruciating 7-4 loss against the Detroit Red Wings last week, but they recovered nicely with two straight victories over division opponents.

2. Ruuuu. The newly acquired Tuomo Rutuu has made his presence known early in his Devils' career. Rutuu had yet another productive game as he collected two assists to give him four points in his first four games with the Devils. He has taken advantage of his promotion to the first line and seems to be the perfect fit with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac due to his physicality and strength on the puck.

3. 702. Career goal 702 for Jagr couldn’t have come at a better time. With the game tied at 1-1 early in the third period, Jagr jammed home the eventual game winner at 7:42. Defenseman Marek Zidlicky made a beautiful back pass to Jagr who then pushed the puck past Flyers' netminder Stever Mason.

4. The Devils’ way. After high-scoring contests in their previous seven games, where they tallied 21 goals and gave up 18, this game felt more like a usual Devils’ outing. The Devils were much better defensively with very few breakdowns and odd man rushes for the Flyers. While the penalty kill unit could still be better, they were a perfect 6 for 6 in PK situations. It’s a huge improvement for the Devils as they have given up four power play goals in their last four games.

5. Marty's still got it. Besides a soft goal he allowed in the second period, Martin Brodeur played brilliantly. Brodeur stopped 30 of 31 shots and he played his best game yet in his previous four starts. His most impressive save came in the second period, where he made an outstanding no-look glove save through a screen in front on Flyers’ defenseman Nicklas Grossman.  Brodeur has been dominant against the Flyers all season with only five goals allowed and a .951 save percentage in four contests.

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