NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils left winger Brian Rolston has gone from outhouse to penthouse.
From waivers, to re-entry waivers, to producing on the team's top line.
Rolston, perhaps the epitome of the Devils' turnaround, scored a goal and added an assist in his team's 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.
"I think ever since I've come back [from waivers and re-entry waivers] Jacques [Lemaire] has given me a great opportunity to play on the top line," Rolston, who now has 17 points in his last 25 games, said. "He's shown confidence in me on the penalty kill and power play. That gives me confidence as a player. So I'm happy to be producing and relieved to be producing. It feels real good."
Rolston's ninth goal of the season came just 34 seconds into the third period. After Patrik Elias's shot from the left circle was stopped by Canes goaltender Cam Ward, the rebound went right to Rolston, who deposited a backhander into the gaping net. And just 85 seconds later, he found a streaking Elias for a breakaway goal that gave New Jersey a 3-0 lead.
Still, despite all of his recent success, Rolston knows he and the team have a long way to go to reach their once impossible goal of reaching the playoffs.
"We have to be realistic and we have a long way to go," Rolston said. "But I wouldn't say that there's not a player in here that doesn't have it in the back of their mind."
The Devils are currently 12 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 25 games remaining.