Game 7 Live Game Blog: Taormina Increases The Lead, 3-0, In Third Period
Matt Taormina increased the Devils lead to 3-0 over the Montreal Canadiens in the third period tonight at the Bell Centre.
Arnott passed the puck back to Taormina on a faceoff in the Canadiens zone. The young defenseman settled a rolling puck and put a slapshot on net. The puck found its way through traffic and beat Price over the glove for Taormina’s second goal of the season.
Brodeur made two great saves on the Habs latest powerplay chance. The first came early, as Brodeur was bumped behind the net. He scrambled to the front, where Andy Greene deflected the puck with his stick and hit it off Brodeur.
The second came at 7:01 of the period. Brodeur went to the splits to stop Gionta, then held the post as the Habs continued to whack away at the loose puck.
Jason Arnott even-strength goal at 14:59 of the second period stretched the Devils lead to 2-0
Jamie Langenbrunner controlled the puck low in the zone after a Devils’ powerplay chance. He passed the puck to Zubrus along the side boards. Zubrus sent a pass to a wide open Arnott in the right circle, who whipped a shot on net. The puck deflected off of Dustin Boyd’s glove and through the legs of Price for Arnott’s third goal of the season.
That goal was also the Arnott’s 100th goal as a Devil.
Zach Parise’s even-strength goal at 4:20 of the first period put the Devils ahead, 1-0.
Dainius Zubrus, Travis Zajac and Parise all went behind the net after an empty puck. Parise came away with it, and put a stuff attempt on Carey Price from the goal line. The puck bounced off the pads and into the back of net for Parise’s second goal of the season.
Zubrus had another chance to score, but Price robbed him again at 8:20 of the second. Zajac picked up a loose puck at center ice, and skated in with Zubrus on a 2-on-1. The Devils center held the puck until he was low, and backhanded the pass to a wide-open Zubrus. He let go a low shot, and Price went to the splits and made a pad save.
The Devils had their best scoring chance of the second period at 10:22. After Sergei Kostitsyn fell in his own zone, Zajac picked up the puck and skated it down the side boards. He found Zubrus in the high slot, and fed him a backhanded pass. Zubrus unleashed a one-timer, but Price located the puck through a screen and made a glove save.
The Canadiens outshot the Devils, 10-3, in the first period.
Parise had eight points (six goals, two assists) in seven career games against Price.
Kovalchuk had a great opportunity at 5:30 of the period. The left-winger caused a turnover at the blue line and split the defenseman. His tried to put a wrist shot on net, but it went wide.
Despite the early lead, the Devils are being outshot 10-3 at the nine minute mark of the first period.
David Clarkson and Travis Moen dropped the gloves only 3:36 into the period. Clarkson held the advantage early, landing several rights. But Moen stood his own and bloodied the Devils right-winger.
The Devils have looked shaky early in this game. Several pucks took Canadiens bounces, and the Devils also made some ill-advised passes. Martin Brodeur had to be sharp early with two very nice saves.
Here were the starting lineups for tonight’s game:
Zach Parise – Travis Zajac – Dainius Zubrus; Andy Greene – Olivier Magnan-Grenier; Martin Brodeur
Mike Cammalleri – Tomas Plekanec – Andrei Kostitsyn; Josh Georges – Hal Gill; Carey Price
The Devils are looking to break out of their early season funk. The 1-4-1 start is the worst since the Devils opened the season 1-5-0 in 1983-84. New Jersey is currently on a two game losing streak, dropping two straight home games last weekend.
The Devils have played well in Montreal. The team is 22-23-4 in Montreal, and has been led by goaltender Martin Brodeur. The Montreal native has a 38-16-5 record against the Habs, with a 1.78 goals-against average and eight shutouts. In Montreal, Brodeur is 17-12-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and four shutouts.
Carey Price will start for the Canadiens.