Crazy wins such as the Devils' 5-4 win over the Penguins tonight are a bit of an eye-opener for their veterans, who played a lot of 1-0 and 2-1 games during their defense-first days. They've eeked out a pair of one-goal wins in their last two games, but needed to score 11 goals to do it.
Center John Madden, a former Selke Trophy winner and defensive specialist, scored his team-leading fourth goal, but admitted he's not used to these kind of games.
"I'm not at all," he said. "We had a lot of chances. So did they. It's definitely different, a different look. Very entertaining for the fans. I'd like to keep the puck out of our net a little more and continue scoring like we have been. I think that's doable."
Goaltender Martin Broduer, who actually played pretty well despite giving up four goals on 30 shots, wouldn't mind that either. But he's not being picky with the team back to .500 now at 3-3 with the season-opening nine-game road trip continuing in Philadelphia Thursday night.
"We'll take this one," said Brodeur, who earned win No. 496 of his career. "This is a good win. We're back to .500. This is the important thing we have to look forward to now. We scratched through the first six games and now let's try to get ahead."
With three assists in his first game back at center in two years, Zach Parise raised his team-leading point total to nine (one goal, eight assists). The Devils' power play went 2-for-7 to improve to 8-for-31 on the season, but they allowed three more power-play goals on only five chances and have given up eight on 25 chances on the season. That's a concern for a team that used to be one of the best penalty-killing squads in the league.