Thursday, The Star-Ledger’s Mike Vorkunov wrote about the Devils’ adjustment in Game 2 in looking for deflections – a counterpunch to the Rangers’ highly effective shot-blocking in Game 1. The result: two goals, including David Clarkson’s game-winner (at right). Today’s New York Times has a story on the art of deflections – the mindset and techniques of those who do it well – and take the punishment – as well as the trouble they cause goalies, with quotes from Martin Brodeur and Clarkson. Here’s a quote from Hall of Fame center, former Devil and current Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk:
“There’s a certain element of bravery to go into that area, with pucks coming in high and defensemen tying up your stick and pushing you out of there….For people who want to score goals and get their noses dirty, that’s where you have to be.”
If the Devils are to win this series, we may be seeing a lot more deflections.
More from around the web:
• There’s been a lot of talk about Rangers’ coach John Tortorella’s hate-hate relationship with the media, including from NJ.com Devils fans, who weighed in on a recent hot topic question. Today’s New York Times takes a few shots at Torts. The National Post’s Bruce Arthur has posted again on the strategic aspects of Tortorella’s behavior, which Arthur previously suggested was to take pressure off players, and how it may be backfiring. Does anyone like Tortorella? Brace yourselves, Devils fans – Zach Parise, according to his dad, a former NHL player, likes him and might enjoy playing for him, having played for him previously on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team, where Tortorella was an assistant.
• The mysterious disappearance of the Devils’ #NoBlue campaign to keep Rangers fans away from The Rock may not be so mysterious after all. Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello told the Daily News he “was very disappointed, very disappointed personally” on hearing about the campaign, adding “It is my understanding that that is no longer out there.” Wouldn’t be the first time around the Devils that Lamoriello’s disappointment transformed into action. His point is to welcome all fans; The Star-Ledger reported Thursday about increased security around Newark’s Prudential Center for the games following some recent crimes in the area.
• Love from the north country for the Devils – The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle introduces Canadians to the new-look and lovable New Jersey Devils, “a team more people should be rooting for.”