Devils have a winning streak

March, 13, 2013
3/13/13
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NEWARK, N.J. -- For more than a month, a winning streak was a foreign concept to the Devils.

Not since Feb. 9-10, when they swept a home-and-home series with Pittsburgh, had the Devils posted consecutive wins. As the games (14) and days (30) added up without back-to-back wins the players noticed the drought.

[+] EnlargeAdam Henrique
Andy Marlin/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe Devils won consecutive games for the first time in 30 days.
"We knew," Devils center Adam Henrique said. "We went through a tough stretch. Good teams are going to keep pushing forward and be able to come out of that and put wins together. ... We knew it was a matter of time that it was going to switch and go our way and sure enough they have."

The Devils finally won consecutive games as they bested Philadelphia, 5-2, on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center and have now won three of their last four games since a season-high six game losing streak from Feb. 23 to March 5.

"It's nice anytime you can get streaks going and it builds confidence obviously. Everybody played well," said Henrique, who scored two goals and had an assist Wednesday. "Hopefully we can keep this thing going and keep playing the right way and string wins together."

After starting the season off 8-1-3, the Devils came undone. Starting with a 4-2 loss to on Feb. 12, the Devils went 4-8-2 over their next 14 games heading into Wednesday. Their struggles correlated with an injury to goalie Martin Brodeur, who is on IR with soreness, and offensive problems.

After the six-game losing streak, the Devils won two of their next three games leading up to Wednesday's tilt against Philadelphia, finding ways to right the ship. Wednesday, they played perhaps their most complete game in a month, dominating the Flyers from start to finish.

The Devils went up 3-1 in the first period and found multiple ways to exploit Philadelphia, including capitalizing on turnovers and scoring a short-handed goal. Henrique stole the show with his pair of goals, and Patrik Elias, Ilya Kovalchuk and Andrei Loktionov each added a tally.

"We're finding a way to win," Elias said. "We put the puck in tonight and scored some goals. We had the games before that we felt we played OK but didn't capitalize. It's nice to get it going and hopefully we can keep it up here. "

Before this home-and-home series began, as the two teams will meet again Friday in Philadelphia, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said if the Devils won both games, the Flyers would be "done" in the playoff race due to the point differentials between the teams.

After Wednesday's win, the Devils are now six points ahead, with a game in hand. As the Devils set out to win on Friday, they'll do so while playing perhaps their best hockey in a month and with a winning streak propelling them.

"It was great to win the one game but I don't think we're a team that has a mindset that we're happy to split with anybody," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "We know it's not going to be easy. There's going to be some push back there from them, it's a tough building, but I also think that we can play better than we did tonight even."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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