Feb 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky (12) plays the puck in front of New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period of an NHL game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Up and Down Weekend For Devils

It was a come from behind win against one division rival that produced an emotional high, and a shellacking at the hands of another that has characterized the long weekend thus far for the New Jersey Devils.

Down 3-1 after the first period against the Flyers Friday night New Jersey scored four unanswered goals (full disclosure: the last was an empty-netter.)

David Clarkson scored the game-winner, his tenth of the year. Patrik Elias tallied a goal and two assists.

Ilya Bryzgalov continues to struggle against the Devils, stopping just 78 percent of the shots that came his way. His counterpart Martin Brodeur shows the mental toughness Bryzgalov seems to lack. After a rough first period Marty sealed it shut the rest of the way.

Then came a date with the Islanders 24 hours later, and another reckoning with the emerging stardom of John Tavares. The young center recorded a hat trick for the fourth time in his career and also added an assist. He has seven points in four games against New Jersey this year.


Next Up:

The Devils want to see the results flip flop again Monday when they host the Senators for a Presidents day matinee. Stefan Matteau was a healthy scratch Saturday night so his status is worth keeping an eye on.

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