Chicago Blackhawks Run New Jersey Devils Out the Door to End 2009

January 1st, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
New Jersey came into the United Center on Thursday night with a 13-1-1 record on the road, the best in the Eastern Conference. They were 11-3-0 in December, and shut out the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. The Devils had the best record in the Eastern Conference.

However, the Blackhawks owned the Devils on New Year’s Eve, winning 5-1.

From start to finish, the Blackhawks dominated every aspect of the game against a team many feel not only has the best goaltender in the game, but will represent the East in this spring’s Stanley Cup Finals.

New Jersey’s Hall of Fame goalie, Martin Brodeur, wasn’t his usual self on Thursday.

Each of the Hawks’ first three goals was scored off a rebound, as Brodeur had trouble containing the puck all night. Troy Brouwer got the party started with a power play goal with just over five minutes left in the first period. By scoring his 10th goal, Brouwer makes the Hawks only the third team in the NHL with six players to have scored 10 goals already this year.

Less than two minutes later, Ben Eager scored on another rebound to extend the lead to t ...

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