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Discuss: Devils hang on against Panthers

Apr 13, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

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At first, it looked like the New Jersey Devils would make the Florida Panthers look as bad as many expected. The Devils generated a three-goal lead in the first period while they piled up a ridiculous 26-9 shot advantage in just 20 minutes of play. Things evened out quite a bit through the rest of the game but the Devils still won 3-2 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Let’s get the discussion started.

  • Martin Brodeur won his 100th playoff game (more on that soon). How many more does he have in him – both in this year’s playoffs and the rest of his career?
  • Is there any concern that the Devils might get a little overconfident after a win like this – especially in front of a relatively friendly crowd?
  • It’s pretty tough to pin any of this on Jose Theodore, yet Scott Clemmensen has had his old team’s number. How long will it take for people to plead with Kevin Dineen to make a goaltending change?
  • For quite some time, the Devils seemed like a top-heavy team. They’ve developed some complimentary scoring this season, though, so it begs the question: how strong of a dark horse candidate can New Jersey be?
  • Feel free to make a pro-Florida argument. This series is far from over, but some are likely already writing them off.
  1. biffnasty - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Like to see florida make it a series but as much as I hate the devils, they are by far the better team. Rangers devils 2nd round. Rangers in 5

  2. martysbetter - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    As a Devils fan, this game turned out a lot closer than I would have liked. The Devils dominated in the first period, but the second was all Panthers – they were beating the Devils to the puck on every play and really pushing the tempo. Even the third wasn’t too great of a performance for the Devils, they got too cute trying to pass cross-ice on the rush rather than grinding it out and cycling behind the net like they should be.

    That being said, I’ll definitely take the W

  3. quonce - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    1. 115 after this season ;-)
    2. No, they play in the Atlantic, best division in all of sports (deal AL East fans, its a fact) they know what they are against.
    3. It doesn’t matter who’s in net
    4. Sneaky good, three 30 goals scorers and a couple 20s. Deeper than people think or care to give them credit for. And just what if Marti gets hot and steals some games.
    5. Steve Stamkos….oh wait, he is on the other Florida team, well I’ve got nothing.

  4. barkar942 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    It is now 12:30 am and there are only three other comments on this article?
    Were you three the only ones that watched the game?
    The Devils can be a tough team, but I think the Panthers have more desire. They showed it in the last 40 minutes. Marty had better be really sharp or the Devils with their not-so-tight defense may be in trouble.

  5. drpompanoduke - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    As a panther fan, happy we came back but beginning to hope we can win one. When NJ on the O in 1st period we could not keep up. After NJ went back to just playing D, almost cost them the game . Only way my panthers get 2 wins is if Coach Pete screws up & that might happen.

  6. carpediaz - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I think we can pull it together. We’re a young team, the players know what’s at stake and they don’t want to let their fans down. It’s gonna a lot more physical in game 2. Game 1 was just a preview of what’s to come! I BELIEVE RED!!

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