May 29, 2001Unlikely Heroes! Devils Win 2-1!
The New Jersey Devils rebounded to win Game 2 of the
Stanley Cup Finals in Denver, Tuesday night, May 29, 2001. The
Devils got goals from some "unlikely heros", Bob Corkum and Turner
Stevenson. Bob Corkum made his first ever Stanley Cup Finals
appearance to replace the injured Randy McKay.
The first period started off a little shaky for the Devils
as Marty Brodeur looked hurt after making a play, and the Devils found
themselves short-handed early. On the second Colorado power-play,
Joe Sakic scored at 5:58. Martin Brodeur thought he had the puck
and was way out of the net. Unfortunately the puck was loose and
Brodeur watched the puck get swatted into the empty net.
In what seemed to be uncertain Devils play, they were
undiscipled - taking two penalties in the first 5 minutes of the game,
and three before Colorado was called for anything. On the third
Devils penalty-kill (which was Elias retaliation slashing penalty), Bob
Corkum got a breakaway and beat Patrick Roy with a wrist shot one second
after the penalty expired.
The Corkum goal tied the game at 1, and killed Roy's
hopes to set a new Finals Shutout record. The goal came just 1:41
before the current record of 229:22. Thank you Bob, for not
letting Roy get higher on himslef by setting another record.
Turner Stevenson scored with a wrist shot, with assists
from Scott Niedermayer and Alexander Mogilny, at 17:20 to give the Devils
a 2-1 lead. This goal came just 3 seconds after a Devils power-
Bobby Holik was called for slashing at 19:39, so 1:39 of
power-play time for the Avalanche will carry over to the second
After the first period, the Devils led 2-1. The
Devils also outshot the Avalanche 12-8 in the period.
The second period was played much tighter defensively by
both teams, though the Devils did spend a solid amount of time in their
offensive zone. There was no scoring in the second period.
After two periods, the Devils led 2-1. New Jersey
outshot Colorado 6-4 in the period, and outshot them 18-12 through the
The third period was much like the second - very tight
defensively, and also no scoring. The Devils were only credited
with 2 shots on goal in the third, but had many more scoring chances
than that. The Avalanche had 8 shots on goal, but Martin Brodeur
stopped them all!
Final score, Devils 2, Avalanche 1. After three
periods, the total shots on goal were even at 20 a piece.
Bob Corkum had an excellent night, scoring the first goal
for the Devils in this series. He also had 6 shots on goal,
twice as many as any of his teammates, and more than anyone else on the
The officiating of tonight's game was suspect. The
Devils were called for 6 penalties, and the Avalanche for 3.
Colorado had only trailed for a total of 52 seconds in
their last 8 playoff games. They took an early lead in this game,
but trailed for the final 42:40 of it!
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