by David Pavlak on 12/13/11 at 05:04 PM ET
On their way to a 5-4 victory last night, the New Jersey Devils were led by strong performances on the ice by Zach Parise and Adam Henrique. The see-saw battle came down to the final minutes, where the Lightning forced a fair amount of pressure in trying to sneak in and force overtime. Parise and Henrique both finished the night with a goal and two assists.
“It was fun. Ideally we’d like to be able to put the clamps down at the end and shut them down a little better,” Parise said to Rich Chere of the Star Ledger. “We’ll have to keep talking about that and keep working on that. We have to do a better job of putting teams out of it when we have the lead.”
This was the first three point game of the season for both Parise and Henrique.
Johan Hedberg got the start last night and played a very strong game between the pipes. He finished the night making 32 saves.
Kurtis Foster to make debut:
Newly acquired Kurtis Foster is scheduled to make his debut tonight against the team. Foster was acquired in a deal that sent Rod Pelly, Mark Fraser and a seventh round draft pick to Anaheim. The Devils also acquired minor league goalie Timo Pielmeier.
When asked about him last night, Parise remarked that he did not know to much about him, but he did hear that he has a heavy shot and could really help on the powerplay. The Devils will be looking for someone to help along the powerplay this season, and Foster could see time immediately in that aspect.
He joined the team this morning at their optional practice before suiting up for the game against the Florida Panthers tonight. Foster was surprised to hear he would be heading to New Jersey.
“I didn’t see it coming with the Devils but i definitely wasn’t happy in Anaheim this year,” said Foster. “I wasn’t actively looking for a move but when I was called off the ice I figured something was up. When it was New Jersey I was pretty excited. We had a 1 p.m. practice yesterday and I got called off the ice 10 minutes into it. Bob Murray told me they were going to move me but he couldn’t tell me where yet. He had to make sure everybody knew before I knew where. I was showered and ready to go, not really knowing where I was going. But I knew I was going somewhere. It’s kind of weird feeling to be told your being moved but he doesn’t tell you where. He did say it was a good situation for me and the best thing for my career going forward. When you have a GM telling you that you know it’s a good thing.”
Hopefully Foster will bring a spark to the team tonight and start to get the ball rolling for the Devils.
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