After snapping their four-game losing streak by defeating the Islanders on Sunday, the Devils return home to face the rival Rangers for the first time this season Tuesday night. Although only one of the losses in their slide came in regulation – Saturday's 5-1 defeat in Pittsburgh – the Devils felt it was important for them to bounce back right away with very little margin for error in the 48-game lockout-shortened schedule.
"This is a short season," right wing David Clarkson said. "We know that and you know what? We've only lost one game in regulation right now, so we're going to keep rolling. We've got to build off this game, especially the next game is a big one."
The Devils defeated the Rangers in six games in the Eastern Conference finals last May to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
Power play produces
Steve Bernier's winning power-play goal ended the team's 0-for-12 drought on the man advantage was just their fifth on 35 chances this season.
"It was a simple play," Bernier said. "Put the puck in the corners where we can forecheck. Shoot the puck and it goes for a rebound. That's the stuff we did last year that drove us in the playoffs and more."
Devils notes: Rangers are up next
Bergen Record | Feb 4