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The Fire Burns On: New Jersey holds sole possession of 4th, wins 3rd straight

It’d be an 8th straight game in which New Jersey would light the lamp first. It wouldnt be until Zach Parise’s stick would be infront of a Kovalchuk blast to beat Carey Price for the first tally of the game. The goal would be the captain’s 22nd of the campaign. Parise has been an exceptionally key player in weeks of late, along with Kovalchuk (who was credited with his 33rd assist of the year). Along with Kovy, rookie centerman Adam Henrique got the secondary assist. Henrique is on fire. In his last 5 games before entering play tonight, Adam has 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists and was a +3 during a stretch which saw the Dev’s winning 3 of 5. Tonight strobg play would continue by the Devils team leaders. A very strong outing by the team would result in another victory. In the teams last 10, New Jersy has an impressive 8-1-1 record including the game tonight against Montreal. The Devils would strike for 3 goals, all of which were very well set up, and finished off. Including the one goal scored by Montreal’s red hot Max Pacioretty, his 25th goal of the year. The Devils’ goal scorers for the evening would be Zach Parise, scoring his 22nd on feeds from Kovalchuk and Henrique; Parise would wind up +1. After Parise’s goal, David Clarkson would score HIS 22nd of the year as well in the closing minutes of the 2nd period on passes from Elias and Sykora. Disrupting the streak of Devils’ goals, Pacioretty would put one past Brodeur who was spot on all game long, recording 21 saves and managed a .955 save percentage. Night after night, Marty continues to exceed expectations playing to his fullest game in and game out. The Devils scoring for the evening would conclude with a blast by Matt Taormina from the point on a pass from Mark Fayne, and Dainius Zubrus. Taormina’s 1st of the season would be a goal that would seem to last a little bit longer than the other goals scored in the game due to the puck breaking the lense of the goal-cam. New Jersey would claim the victory 3-1 of the Habs in a game that’d begin sloppy, and would be capped off solid. The Devils gained points 71 and 72 gaining sole posession of 4th place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, one point ahead of Atlantic Division rivals Philadelphia and Pittsburgh who are tied with 71 points a piece. New Jersey now sits a meer 7 points behind first place New York, a team whom we a tie breaker against winning 2 games against, dropping 1 to the rival Rangers. The team will resume play Tuesday evening against the Maple Leafs before the Devils return home for a meeting between the Vancouver Canucks Friday Night on Doc Emrick Night at the Prudential Center. Be sure to check in here again tomorrow evening to read my next installment of “Second Look” where I will discuss the last 3 games of hockey for Jerseys Team. Be sure to follow us on twitter at @RWTDblog or you can follow me only at @DEVIN88MATTERA.