WHAT IT MEANS: Martin Brodeur made 35 saves, Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise notched shootout goals and the Devils improved to 5-1 in shootouts this season, topping the Blue Jackets, 2-1, on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. The Devils (11-8-1) have now won four of their last six games.
ZUUUBES: Dainius Zubrus was honored before the game for becoming the 267th player in NHL history to play 1,000 career games last Wednesday in Buffalo. Then he scored for the third straight game to put the Devils ahead 1-0 at 4:09 of the second, cashing in for his seventh goal of the season on a rebound out in front off an Adam Larsson point shot.
SAVES? WHAT SAVES?: Martin Brodeur’s finest saves weren’t actually saves at all. At 3:25 of the second, he thwarted a 2-on-0 Columbus breakaway by getting his stick on Vinny Prospal’s cross-slot pass intended for Rick Nash. He also poke-checked a puck away from Derek Dorsett as he moved in all alone with 7:15 left in the middle frame. He did, however, make 16 shots a third period in which the Devils were outshot 17-3.
STAYING PERFECT: The Devils remained a perfect 36-for-36 at home on the penalty-kill after holding the Blue Jacks scoreless in six attempts on the power-play -- including a 5-on-3 for 21 seconds early in the third.
POWER OUTAGE: The Devils’ power-play continues to struggle. They went 0-for-3 on the man-advantage, and are now 9-for-73 on the season.
CH-CH-CHANGES: Nick Palmieri and Tim Sestito dressed on Wednesday night, while Brad Mills and Rod Pelley were healthy scratches. Palmieri played left wing on the third line, while Sestito centered the checking unit.
UP NEXT: Devils at Islanders, Friday afternoon, 3 p.m.