The Devils defeated the Dallas Stars, 2-1, in overtime Tuesday night at American Airlines Center thanks to goals by Damon Severson and Adam Henrique for their fifth consecutive win. Here's what we learned:
1) Beau Bennett was a beast tonight. He single-handedly kept the play alive leading up to Severson's goal, for which he earned a well-deserved assist, and he created chance after chance in the offensive zone all night long. Bennett even gave PA Parenteau a "power boost" (pushing a backchecking teammate with the blade of your stick to help him get there a little faster) late in the third to help break up a 2-on-1 chance for the Stars. When it was announced Taylor Hall (who is back in New Jersey for further evaluation of his lower body injury) would not be in the lineup, most of us wondered who would step up and make the most of this opportunity for more minutes, and Bennett certainly answered that question with a big, fat 'ME!'
2) Vern Fiddler received a lengthy and rousing standing ovation that included both benches during the first TV timeout in tonight's game. Before signing as a free agent with the Devils this summer, he spent five seasons in Dallas and was a fan favorite. His family still lives in Dallas and he had over 60 people there to see him play. He also was a big part of the community in the city. Look for more on this later in the All-Access Blog.
3) The Devils attempted 72 shots on goal tonight, but only 33 found their way on goal - 27 were blocked (!) and 12 missed the target. In case you need to be told, that's an insane amount of shots! It's a clear indication of puck possession and offensive pressure. The Devils worked hard enough to earn the two points tonight and worked smart enough to pack them up as the team heads to California for Game No. 2 of this four-game roadtrip in Anaheim on Thursday.