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GAME STORY: Devils 4, Red Wings 1

Four goals in four minutes helped the team beat the Red Wings 4-1. All of the Devils goals were scored in the third period.

by Catherine Bogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - Four goals in four minutes led the Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. All of New Jersey's goals were scored in the third period.

The Devils were down 1-0 after Detroit scored a power play goal in the final minutes of the second period. Devils Captain Andy Greene sparked his teams offense, scoring five minutes into the final frame. From there, Wayne Simmonds would add two goals, and Jesper Bratt would add one to round out the scoring.

"After we scored that first goal we started really going," said Devils Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine. "Second period we had a bit of a response there with some physical play, we got some power play, so there was a lot of special teams in that second period."

"Not a good start at all. It was flat. We didn't have anyone going," said Blake Coleman. "Thankfully Blackwood had a good first and gave us a chance to stay in that game. It came a little bit in the second. And then the floodgates opened in the third."

"I liked the fact that they responded in the second period, and then eventually in the third period, was again we showed resiliency and found a way," said Nasreddine.

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Damon Severson was called for hooking a minute into the game to give Detroit an early power play. Devils were able to kill it off and moments later, the Red Wings' Darren Helm cleared the puck over the glass from his own zone giving the home side a crack at the man advantage but they were also unable to score. 

With less than nine minutes to go in the first, Devils netminder Mackenzie Blackwood made a great stop on Tyler Bertuzzi who got in behind the defense. Andy Greene got his stick up high on Bertuzzi on that scoring chance, receiving two minutes as a result and sending the Wings on their second power play of the game.

Red Wings had some great chances on that man advantage but Blackwood was solid to keep the game scoreless. Detroit had another great opportunity with four minutes to go when Bertuzzi rang a shot off the post from the right circle. 

Detroit peppered 12 shots on Blackwood in the first period while the Devils had only four on the Red Wings including none in the period's final nine minutes. 

The second period was full of special teams play with the Devils going on the power play four times and the penalty kill twice. New Jersey was unable to score on any of the four man-advantage opportunities but had several close chances.

Detroit had a close chance right as the Devils power play expired with eight minutes left in the second period. PK Subban's stick broke on his one-timer, Detroit was able to recover the puck, get down ice, and Lindstrom's shot hit the post.

Blake Coleman was inches away from getting the Devils the opening goal just two minutes later. Coleman beat Detroit's goaltender, shooting five-hole, but his shot hit the post and cleared the net.

Detroit broke through on their second power play and opened the scoring with 3:26 on the clock. Andreas Athanasiou's wrist shot from the circle got past Blackwood with just under 30 seconds left on the visitor's power play. This was the first goal Mackenzie Blackwood let in after 116 shots.

Devils Captain Andy Greene tied the game five minutes into the third period. Wayne Simmonds was screening Jonathan Bernier, and Greene's shot from above the circle hit off the Detroit netminder on its way in.

It wouldn't be long before Wayne Simmonds got on the scoresheet, scoring two goals in thirty seconds. Miles Wood passed to Simmonds, who was open right on the doorstep. Thirty seconds later, Simmonds scored again, converting on Palmieri's initial shot.

"He's worked hard all year, he's been a leader, he's done the right things. Those are the guys you want to see get rewarded," said Coleman on Simmonds. "He's the kind of guy you root for on a nightly basis."

"It feels good, you know get a couple goals and I don't think I've scored in a while," said Simmonds. "So it felt really good."

Jesper Bratt would give the Devils fourth and final goal just under a minute later. Bratt, near the blue line, made space, found a shooting lane, and fired one on net.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 out of the 26 shots he faced in the game. Damon Severson gave the goaltender credit on keeping the team in the game during their slow start.

"He just holds us in, and you know they snuck one by him there and you know like I said before, I don't think you can expect him to stop every shot," said Severson. "There's good shooters in this league."

"I think he does a great job of just holding us in, let us get our footing and finally in the third period we were able to support him a little," said Severson.

This is the Devils second win over Detroit this season. Through the two games, Detroit has only scored two total goals. New Jersey will travel to North Carolina tonight to face the Hurricanes Friday night.

"I think the most important thing out of that is the way we responded," said Simmonds. "You know after our first period and to get the two points going in to tomorrow night, that was huge for us and we have to pick up where we left off."

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