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Tallinder’s return after almost five months is successful

Jun 7, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 6: Henrik Tallinder #7 of the New Jersey Devils skates with the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

With the New Jersey Devils down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup finals, Devils coach Pete Deboer decided to make a couple of roster changes. One of them was giving Henrik Tallinder a chance to prove himself after missing almost five months due to a blood cloth in his left leg.

“I felt pretty good,” Tallinder said. “I was a little bit nervous to start with a lot of emotions and all that. But, as the game went on, I felt better and better and I thought I played a pretty decent game.”

After his long stint on the sidelines, their was certainly the chance that he’d be rusty. However, he had a solid game and the Devils ended up leaning on him heavily by giving him 19:21 minutes of playing time over 29 shifts.

New Jersey went on to win 3-1 and live another day. It seems likely that Tallinder will stay in the lineup for Game 5 on Saturday.

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