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Quickie Thought: Devils battle Blues, Go to the Net and Win

As always, link goes to the NHL.com recap. The Blues played a very tough, fiesty game of hockey. Much of the game was shift after shift with players battling for the puck. Lots of credit goes to the Blues to finding and capitalizing on opportunities to score three goals: Brad Boyes' on the rebound, TJ Oshie (who definitely was fired up and had a great game) setting up David Backes, and Alexander Steen slamming home a rebound late. Only the Devils won their fair share of battles and despite getting out shot a bit (26 to 31), the Devils made chances happen by going to the net. Zach Parise earned a brace and personified the team's effort tonight - he was filled with speed and fighting spirit. He also caught Manny Legace twice between his legs for both goals: one being a strong shot in the first period, the other just by banging home a backhand in front of the crease. The other two goals were earned also by taking it strong to the slot. Brian Rolston went to the net and slammed home a rebound from a David Clarkson shot past a prone Legace. Jay Pandolfo went to the net and struck gold by re-directing a Mike Rupp pass into the net on Legace's flank. Poor Legace! And, lo and behold, that was the game winner. Go the net, and you can find yourself some goals - that was true for both teams. Parise was clearly the Devils' best player on the ice and he helped give the Devils 2 more points. Last point for now: Bryce Salvador had a strong game overall. He played 20:32, got an assist on Parise's second goal, and layed out 4 big hits on the Blues. Again, thank you to the St. Louis organization for trading him away so cheaply.

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