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Devils Blanked by Blues

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After giving up 6 unanswered goals against the Rangers in the Bronx, the Devils rolled into St. Louis with an urgency to them. Having pulled goalie Martin Brodeur before the third period Saturday, the Devils would go to the hot Schneider.

The Devils would come out with a sense of urgency in the first period drawing a penalty only nine seconds into the game. The Blues would kill off the penalty and with their first shot on goal from the offensively inclined Alex Steen would take a 1-0 lead. The goal would give Steen 27 on the year. The Devils would continue to pressure the Blues and rack up 18 SOG in the first two periods, but Halak was up to the task. The third period the Blues would take control of the game and never look back. St. Louis would extend its lead on a Brenden Morrow power play goal at 9:42 of the third to give the Blues what would seem to be an insurmountable lead. The Blues would limit the Devils to only 5 SOG in the third, even with giving the Devils two power play chances. The Blues would put an exclamation point on the game with an empty net goal from Maxim Lapierre (7) at 17:52. Things would get chippy at the end of the game when Bernier of the Devils and Stewart and Lapierre from the Blues would each get game misconducts and roughing penalties at 19:10.

The Devils will continue their final Western Conference road trip of the year in Dallas on Thursday. Although a disappointing loss and their second in a row in regulation the Devils still have a lighter schedule after this road trip. They will not play another game off the east coast for the remainder of the year, which gives them a slight advantage over other Eastern Conference, and specifically Metropolitan Division teams.

 

Mike Panus: PureSportsNY

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