Ilya Kovalchuk finally got in the goal column and the Devils and first-year head coach John MacLean are finally in the win column as a result. (Coincidence?)
You can catch up on the game here, but there was some equally big news off the ice to get to.
Brian Rolston will require surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks. The cash-strapped Devils will place him on long term injured reserve and free up $5 million in badly needed cap space. The cap relief likely means the Devils will be able to dress a full complement of 18 skaters for their next game after playing the past two with a short bench.
The downside is obviously that Rolston was a 20-goal scorer last season and his absence from the lineup will be felt. Rookies Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson figure to get a shot when the Devils start calling up players from their AHL affiliate.
The Post discusses the Rolston IR move.
The Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere has some quotes from MacLean and Brodeur after the win.
In Lou We Trust provides a postgame breakdown.