The first period in Toronto has come to a close and the New Jersey Devils are standing on top with a 1-0 lead. It was mostly an uninspiring 20 minutes for both clubs. The Devils managed a goal on a Zach Parise 2nds effort after Jamie Langenbrunner proved that hard work is worth more than skill. Not that he doesn't have any, but he charged for a loose puck, outworked Brian McCabe and then went straight for the net and although he wasn't successful in his attempt, he did pave the way for young Parise.
Martin Brodeur played very well in the first period and you know what they say, "you have to be good to be luck and lucky to be good". Martin Brodeur has proved to be one of the best goaltenders of all time and is an absolute joy to watch. A win tonight propels the Devils to 1st place in the conference.
The Leafs meanwhile have to be excited about the prospect of winning this game. They definitely outworked New Jersey and despite 3 posts and a 1-0 deficit at the end of one period they really were the better team.
I will report back after the 2nd period, but I think the play that could have been the difference was that of the 2 Leaf Defenders on the ice for the Leaf goal, nobody really hit Langenbrunner. When the Devils forwards cuts to the net he should have taken a hit head on by Carlo Coliacovo.
See ya in 20.