Two in a row? TWO IN A ROW! What did I do to deserve this? Stop spoiling me Devils. Too soon! Too soon! You start fucking around and winning consecutive games and I am going to have to start creating these silly little (and I do mean little) things called "expectations", and that's not good for anybody involved. I am not prepared to have them, and I know damn well the Devils aren't prepared to fulfill them. Settle down boys, or you're going to fulfill our season long win quota by December.
Hey nice game Coyotes. Super impressive really. Weren't you guys supposed to be super young and super fast or something? Looked super underwhelming to me. I mean, you just got outplayed by a team that's like kinda young and kinda fast (but like, not really at all). Might be time to have Max put a ring out to dear old dad to beat some fight into him. Simply can't let Travis Zajac have a three point night against you. Without doing any research that will prove this stat completely false, I am going to say the last time Zajac had more than 2 points in a game was whenever that fairy from Minnesota was on the team. Look at the Coyotes, just letting Zajac hop in the DeLorean and take it wayyyy back to 2012. Don't think I don't appreciate it Arizona, or Phoenix, or wherever the fuck your bankrupt team plays now, just know it's not a good sign of things to come.
How about the Devils finally showing up for a first period? That was a nice change of pace. Playing semi-competent hockey to start the game. Kind of weird that it took a team with a talent deficiency 6 games to play hard from the opening face-off. You would think the first period would be the perfect time for them to come out and take advantage of the other team not yet realizing how much better they are, but hey, but late than never I suppose.
Someone want to tell me why Cammalleri is the only one that wants to shoot the puck? I mean, I'm not complaining, his goal was an absolute snipe, but this overpassing is getting old pretty quick. I'm not even trying to be the annoying, clueless "shoot it, shoot it" fan, but I don't need to see Stephen Gionta coming in on 2-on-1's and trying to thread the needle. Keep it simple stupid, despite what the first two goals might lead you to believe, this team isn't built for pretty passing plays.
How bout Adam Larsson being the best player on the team that doesn't wear goalie equipment? It's not even worth discussing Schneider because every game he plays in he's the best player on the ice for either team, but Larsson? Doesn't seem like too long ago that he was getting yo-yo'ed in and out of the lineup. Now he's just a certified stud. Not even just talking about his OT goal either. His passes are all on the mark, his defensive positioning is stellar, and he's not afraid to jump in and take control of the play offensively. Basically he's everything that Peter Deboer told me he wasn't, which is really helping my immediate purchase of an Adam Larsson jersey upon his drafting look like quite the long term investment. The overtime goal was about as ugly as the first two girl were pretty, but hey, you won't catch me complaining when a Devils defenseman goes coast-to-coast and ends up scoring. Don't look now, but the Devils are hot! Well, relatively speaking. It's more like lukewarm, but with the way this season is set to play out it feels like they are playing on the surface of the sun.
Up next: First regulation win, but I'll take them however the fuck they want to come.
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