The New Jersey Devils have avoided setting a new franchise-worst mark. A much-needed win against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Pennsylvania stopped the team’s losing skid at 10.
After being shut out for two games in a row, the Devils turned the tables and earned one of their own as goaltender Martin Brodeur blanked the Flyers for his 121st shutout of his prestigious career.
For the Devils, who have been unable to score with any sense of regularity, it was nice to finally see the puck cross the goal line.
“We really needed that first goal to get us going,” coach Pete DeBoer said in postgame comments in The Star Ledger. “It was a big lift. There was a big cheer. It’s been a while.”
It certainly has. The Devils had not won a game since March 23 against the Florida Panthers. They also finally scored the first goal in a contest. It has been seven games since they have been able to do that and their record is pretty dismal when the opposing team nets the first goal.
Currently, the Devils sit in 1th place, three spots out of the playoffs. They have been stuck at 40 points for what seems like ages. However, last night’s two may have broken the losing streak, but it did not gain them any ground as far as the playoffs go.
With the eighth-placed New York Rangers picking up a convincing win against the Panthers, the Devils were unable to make a dent in the six points separating the two.
However, the players have not given up hope. Ryan Carter, who finally broke through in the second period, thinks the Devils still have a shot because they have not yet been mathematically eliminated.
“I do,” Carter explained in The Star Ledger. “I’m a statistics guy. I believe in numbers. They say there’s still a chance, so I believe.”
While Carter and the rest of the team hope this is the beginning of a spectacular march into the playoffs, others can’t help but wonder if the proverbial lady has begun singing.