May 09, 2001Devils WIN 5-1! Advance to Conf Finals!
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs
in Game seven of their best of seven Eastern Conference Semi Finals
game on Wednesday, May 9, 2001, by a score of 5-1. With this
win, the Devils advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and will
face either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Buffalo Sabres (to be decided
on Thursday, May 10, 2001).
The first period began a little shaky for the Devils,
they were penalized twice (Arnott for hooking and Elias for high
sticking). Steve Thomas scored a power-play goal at 9:06.
The Devils failed to put a puck past Cujo, and had no power-plays.
Toronto led 1-0 after the first period.
The second period began with a bit more fight from the
Devils. Sergei Nemchinov scored just 1:32 into the second period
with assists from Alexander Mogilny and Scott Gomez. On the
power-play, Patrick Elias scored at 7:13 with assists from Petr Sykora
and Jason Arnott to put the capacity crowd into a frenzy. Elias
scored an even strength goal 1:59 later at 9:12 with assists from
Scott Stevens and Jason Arnott to give the Devils a 2 goal lead.
The scoring wasn't over, at 14:41, Scott Stevens scored to make it 4-1
New Jersey, with assists from Randy McKay and John Madden.
At the end of a four goal second period for the Devils,
they led 4-1.
The Maple Leafs came out in the third with a little more
effort, but were stymied by the Devils. John Madden capped the
scoring at 10:50 in the third to give the Devils a 5-1 lead. The
Leafs did not score after that and seemed to give up with 9:00 left in
Final score of the game, Devils 5, Maple Leafs 1.
Last night, the Devils coaching staff used part of their
home-ice advantage - making the last line change. Any time the
tough checking line (Corson, Tucker) were on the ice, the "A" line
quickly left the ice. This gave the line a bit more movement
when they were on the ice.
Martin Brodeur made some great saves in the game, stopping
15 of 16 shots.
The three stars of the game were Patrik Elias, Scott
Stevens, and Sergei Nemchinov.
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