The goal scoring from the Devils continued Saturday night, although their defensive efforts weren’t exactly spectacular. The big story of the night was Tuomo Ruutu playing against his former team for the first time since being traded to Jersey on Wednesday. Ruutu got the chance to play on the Devils top line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac, and he surely didn’t waste any time, getting his first assist as a Devil by setting up Zajac on a pretty two on one. A goal by Jeff Skinner would tie it, but New Jersey quickly took the lead again on a powerplay goal by Damien Brunner.
Adam Henrique continued his unbelievable tear by tallying the next two goals, giving him an amazing 9 goals and 2 assists in the past 6 games. However, the Devils defensive woes continued, as they surrended three Carolina goals in a row to tie the game, 4-4. But Ruutu was there to come in big in the clutch against his former team, as he scored what would be the game winner with 6:30 left in the third.
Martin Brodeur finished the night with 29 saves, while Anton Khudobin had 18. Khudobin was pulled after allowing 4 goals, letting Cam Ward finish the rest of the game and tally 8 saves.
With this win, the Devils are now 2 points out of the wild card and only 3 behind the Rangers. Their next game is a big one on Tuesday in Philadelphia against the rival Flyers at 7:00 pm. I am on strict no speaking terms with Matty D and the G-Man until that game is over (or until the Devils take a huge lead).