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NEWARK, N.J. – For the New Jersey Devils, a hero has arisen from an unlikely source.
Bryce Salvador, who missed all of the 2010-11 season because of injuries and did not score during this past regular season, scored his fourth goal of the 2012 Playoffs in the second period Saturday night to lift the Devils to a 2-1 victory inside the Prudential Center.
“It’s pretty impressive,” Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said of Salvador. “We’re looking for him to score a goal all year, so he peaked at the right time if you ask me. But I think it’s great and deserved, especially where he came from with spending all year on the sidelines.”
With their victory, the Devils now trail the Stanley Cup Final three games to two, heading back to Los Angeles for game six Monday night.
“We’ve gotta win another game to keep playing,” said Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. “I said all along that our group has a confidence in ourselves.”
In a first period that was played at breakneck speed so unlike the other games in the series, it was the Devils who would strike first. On the power play slightly past the midway mark of the opening frame, Zach Parise cashed in on a net mouth scramble. The American captain, who may play his final game for the Devils in the next five days, scored for the first time in the series and ignited his team when they needed him most – especially during a lackluster first period.
“Right, we needed the first goal,” said Peter DeBoer. “Regardless of how it looked…especially because I thought they controlled the first period and they were the better team in the first period. It was a little surprising, I don’t know if it was nerves for us or what. But they controlled the period, and we capitalized on a mistake.”
“We survived out there,” added Brodeur, who made 25 saves and was named the games first star.no comments