Point Proven: The Devils Can Score
After the New Jersey Devils were only able to accumulate a total of three goals over their recent three-game road trip last week, there wasn't much the Devils could do to convince anyone that they had some serious firepower along the bench.
Then, Jersey's Team finally showed up for the first time in 2010 in a 5-0 beating on the NHL-leading Washington Capitals, Monday night.
The Devils struck three times in the first period, capped off by 19-year old Mattias Tedenby's shootout goal the squeaked through the pads of rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.
Jason Arnott, who leads the team in goals with eight, scored twice and Patrik Elias scored the games opening goal on the power play to get New Jersey started on the right track.
Johan Hedberg was magnificent, stopping all 30 Washington shots while earning the shutout, and his second win of the season, in replace of injured goalie Martin Brodeur.
It might have helped that the Devils honored Pat Burns, the fiery bench-boss who lead them to a 2003 Stanley Cup victory. Burns passed away on Friday night after a long bout with multiple types of cancer. The team will wear patch in honor of his name for the next four home games.
The Devils start off the week with a win, and will play at home two more times, along with travelling to Long Island to take on the Islanders on Friday.
New Jersey improved to 6-13-2 with the win, and will look to win back-to-back games for the first time on Wednesday, when they host the Calgary Flames.