New Jersey Devils Blank Tampa Bay Lightning Thanks To Martin Brodeur, Dainius Zubrus

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The New Jersey Devils had a much needed win on Saturday night when they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-0.

The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Devils. Martin Brodeur was perfect in this game, saving 33 out of 33 shots on goal. Although that seems like a lot of shots, the Devils’ defense did a good job not giving him anything astronomically hard for the 41-year-old to stop. This was Brodeur’s best performance in weeks, and a great bounce back from allowing five goals to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Dainius Zubrus continued his hot streak since being paired with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr with two goals in the third period. Both goals came off the stick of Jagr; one a one-timer from behind the net and the other thrown in off of goalie Anders Lindback‘s pad to bounce into the net. Zubrus has scored three goals in two nights, all off of Jagr’s assists.

Damien Brunner also continued his scoring ways when he flew through the Lightning defense to throw a shot over Lindback’s glove and in for a goal. He is starting to look like the player who earned a two-year contract from the Devils in first few weeks of the season. He has gone from severe liability to total asset in a week.

The Devils hope to continue their winning ways when they play the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. The Devils will have to sit back and watch as the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers play games in between then and now. Both of them are one point behind the Devils with games at hand.

The upcoming schedule is going to be rough, but if the goalies can play as well as Brodeur did tonight with an equal effort from the offense, then they will be in good shape by this time next week.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports.  He also contributes to the site’s NFL and MLB content.  You can add him to your Twitter feed here.

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