The New Jersey Devils defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 at BankAtlantic Center to take a 1-0 series lead. Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter scored for the Devils. Sean Bergenheim and Kris Versteeg scored for the Panthers and Mikael Samuelsson had 2 assists. Pete DeBoer, who coached the Panthers from 2008-2011, got his 1st career playoff win as a coach. Martin Brodeur got an assist and stopped 24 out of 26 shots. Brodeur also gets his 100th career playoff win. His counterpart, Jose Theodore stopped 35 out of 38 shots, including facing 26 shots in the 1st period. The Panthers last playoff appearance in 2000, when they faced these New Jersey Devils. They were swept by the Devils that year. The Panthers got home-ice advantage since they won the Southeast Division. Despite the home-ice advantage, the Devils are the favorites since they have 102 points and the Panthers have 94 points. The Panthers are now in a must-win game as they host the Devils on Sunday. The last thing the Panthers want is going to New Jersey down 2-0. The Panthers are going to have to get their scoring up and shut down Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.
Trading a promising young sniper for a known agitator is nonsensical.
The trade seems to be hinting at many more changes heading Anaheim's way.
After all this time it seems the Anaheim Ducks are finally hitting their stride.
Simon Despres' return to the ice in practice signals that the Anaheim Ducks are about to get massive help on defense.
What do you do when your team is struggling? Certainly not trade away a promising young player.
It sure felt nice while the team was getting those points, but last night was a wake-up call for the Anaheim Ducks.
The St. Louis Blues have had a bit of a rollercoaster season, but their top players are starting to show up once again.
A dirty hit is a dirty hit, even if it might have been unintentional.
After all, who wouldn't get lazy with that many days off?
The Anaheim Ducks should consider bringing up Brandon Montour who is doing well in the AHL.