9:40 PM ET: LATE BREAKING NEWS: Jay Pandolfo has been credited with the last goal, not Vitaly Vishnevski. This means, kids, that this Halloween night, Jay Pandolfo has netted his first career hat trick. The final numbers: Pandolfo – 3 goals, 1 assist, +4; Madden – 1 goal, 3 assists, +4; Zubrus – 2 assists, +3. Nice night all around. That’s it for tonight’s cap, stay tuned for the usual stuff in the coming days! Good night and happy hauntings!
9:36 PM ET: Pando nearly tipped VV’s goal, which would have been a hat trick for him. No matter, though. Game over, Devils win it, 6-1. The first victory at The Rock is an old-fashioned blowout. Here’s to many more.
9:35 PM ET: It’s been a loooong time since a game felt this easy, no?
9:33 PM ET: VITALY VISHNEVSKI! Yes, VITALY VISHNEVSKI. 6-1 Devils. Assist to Madden, third on the night.
9:32 PM ET: I guess the Devs decided that the offense got it’s work in, so now Marty should get a workout. Marty, however, is entirely up to the task.
9:29 PM ET: ‘nother ‘ning penalty, Devils on the PP again.
9:27 PM ET: I could be mistaken, but I think I just saw Brent Sutter smile at the bench.
9:25 PM ET: Mark this date kiddies, the Devils have chased a starting goaltender. Mark Denis in for the Lightning. Devils remain on the powerplay due to the double-minor nature of Roy’s very stupid penalty.
9:23 PM ET: I have never been so happy to hear Zombie Nation so often. Zajac-to-Gionta-to-Parise for the goal, and the score is 5-1!
9:21 PM ET: Roy trying to goad Clarkson into a fight, punching Clarkson as David’s trying to…not get into a fight, I suppose? Roy dropped gloves and threw a punch, Clarkson did not. Roy in the box for four minutes, a double-minor for roughing.
9:20 PM ET: Roy with a nice rising shot, Marty flashing the glove.
9:17 PM ET: PANDO! 4-1 Devils! Assists to Martin and Madden. Attention Brent Sutter: LEAVE THIS LINE ALONE AWHILE!
9:13 PM ET: ‘Ning are getting their shots at Marty but he’s looking good. Half a period to go.
9:09 PM ET: Elias down the boards, turns away and fires towards the net, re-directed by Asham! 3-1 Devils!
9:03 PM ET: THIRD FIGHT! Clarkson V. Gratton. Clarkson with some NICE shots to the head, the first knocking Gratton’s helmet off. One good uppercut in there too. Gratton with a few shots but this one is definately Edge: Clarkson
8:58 PM ET: A broken bracket on the boards means we get to hear from Stan Fischler…oh boy…?
8:55 PM ET: Zubrus with a nice pass ahead to Pandolfo, stopped by Holmqvist. If they’re going to play like this all the time, I think I’m okay with a $20 million third-line winger.
8:53 PM ET: Here we go, period number three. Finish strong boys.
8:36 PM ET: And that’s the end of two, Devils leading 2-1. A good period of the Devs, save for the last two minutes. Again with the penalty kill sucking. But the penalty kill wouldn’t have to suck if the boys would stop marching to the box. Back with the third in a few!
Joe says: Great period. Starting to show signs that the old Devils are back. Marty looks confident, and Zubrus with two points?! It’s Christmas in October, I tell ya!
8:33 PM ET: Defensive zone turnover leads to a St. Louis-to-Lecavalier goal. 2-1 Devils.
8:31 PM ET: Travis Zajac in the box now for hooking.
8:26 PM ET: Whooo Marty with a nice pad save on the re-direction.
8:25 PM ET: Holding call on David Clarkson, iffy at best call. ‘Ning power play.
8:19 PM ET: And the penalty is over. No real chances for the Lightning. I forgot what it was like to see a Devils penalty kill!
8:15 PM ET: Penalty on Gionta. ‘Ning on the power play.
8:12 PM ET: Madden to Pandolfo on a break for another goal! 2-0 Devils and I propose Madden/Pando/whoever they are playing with on a give night should be the top line.
8:11 PM ET: Wow, John
ny Oduya with a nice hit to close off a Lightning offensive chance. See, Johnny? Playing well is fun!
8:08 PM ET: JOHN MADDEN IS A SCORING MACHINE! Zubrus with a centering pass that Mad Dog stuffs under the crossbar. 1-0 Devils.
8:07 PM ET: Good pressure by the Devs up front so far this period.
8:04 PM ET: A couple of nice chances up front, nothing doing by way of biscuits in baskets. Penalty time up.
8:01 PM ET: Here comes period #2. Welcome to the Jungle blaring at the arena indicates as much.
7:45 PM ET: End of one, 0-0. Devils will be on the powerplay to start the second. Shots? 7-4 Devils. Not much going on offensively, quite obviously.
Joe says: I’m really impressed with Malmivaara. Offense looked shaky and uncoordinated, as did the powerplay. Shots against have been limited. Breakout passes need to be better. Half empty arena is pissing me off
7:43 PM ET: Interference penalty on Tarnasky, Devs on the PP.
7:36 PM ET: I want to like John
ny Oduya, but I cringe every time I hear he’s on the ice. Stop sucking man. It’s hard to defend you lately.
7:32 PM ET: Chico just dubbed the line of Parise/Zajac/Gionta the “Montana line” because it has no speed limit. If it were possible to come up with a worse name than ZZPops, I think we’ve found it.
7:29 PM ET: Holmqvist misplays a puck behind the net, it quibs out front but neither Zajac nor Parise can jam it home. Play under review, but not likely a goal. No replay that shows such, anyway.
7:25 PM ET: ‘NOTHER FIGHT! Clarkson V. O’Brien. They square off and circle. A handful of punches each and O’Brien kind of tackles Clarkson to the ice. Edge: O’Brien
7:23 PM ET: Parise with a mini-breakaway off a Lightning turnover, beautiful backhanded shot blocked away to the netting. Coulda swore that went in at first.
7:21 PM ET: Nice to see someone on this team get angry. Me likey Brookbank.
7:18 PM ET: FIGHT! Brookbank V. Tarnasky. Even fight, Tarnasky kind of falls and takes himself out. Edge: Even
7:15 PM ET: Not much going on as yet but I figured I’d post something while I still can. Only three full offensive lines for the Devils tonight, so far Pelley and Asham got a shift with Parise on the wing. Don’t expect much fourth-line doings tonight.
7:10 PM ET: There always seems to be a delay in the opening puck drop for unknown reasons whenever I livecap…Underway now though.
7:05 PM ET: Goblins got my modem. The high speed seems to be intermitant at best, so my apologies in advance if I don’t post often or fast eough. Mike Rupp is scratched, Olli Maalmivara up from Lowell as a seventh defensemen. Maybe he can hold onto his stick.
6:45 PM ET: About 15 minutes from puck-drop at The Rock. Happy Halloween those of you checking us out tonight. Let’s all hope the Devils performance is not quite so scary tonight, eh? Josh here bringing you the livecap with commentary from Mister Joe Bechtel himself at The Rock.