My wife and I had the pleasure of joining those in section 122, the Diablose… Granted we were in row 2 so we were able to sit and enjoy must of the game. But by far this was perhaps the most fun I had in a very long time at a Devils game.
First, I have to give props to the Devils team that creates the visual effects and video on the jumbotron and LED ribbons around the rink. They created an audio/video experience which was, in principal, simple: red pulsating on every screen in the rink, a near black environment outside of that, and this industrial dark music which, all together, gave me the chills. It was awesome. In fact I’m looking forward to attending another game, partly because I want to experience it again. It set a tone throughout the fans in the arena that this is a different type of game. This is something much deeper, much more important. This is the playoffs. And we were about to see Hell on ice. About halfway through we started to wonder if this was some form of brain washing… But all in all it was a spectacular light and sound experience.
Second, I’ll admit that the game started out with me being unhappy with their level of play. They seemed a little disconnected, and things like passes weren’t connecting. They we also having trouble it seemed to keep any kind of offensive pressure.
But the best thing to come out of the first was that it was a 0-0 tie. No one was ahead, no one was down. In fact even shots on goal were tied at 10 apiece. Now we enter the second period, and the Devils have some more life to them and little step up in their game. And their hard work pays off as the score the first goal. We finally scored against Scott Clemmensen, which has seemed to prove difficult since he left the Devils.
The third period proved to be successful as the Devils were able to get more pucks on net, more pressure and consistent pressure in Florida’s end, and subsequently more goals on the board.
Marty Brodeur ended up with a shutout, breaking yet another record in the NHL. One thing to note is that because Marty has played for so long and played well for so long, I figure about every 4-6 months he will break some form of record. It is just inevitable.
Marty ended up as the first star of the game.
As I mentioned before this was perhaps the best game I’ve seen in a very long time. The Devils played well, the fans were really loud and in to the action on the ice. The place was just rocking.
Now the key: the Devils need to keep this up. They must continue to put consistent pressure on Florida and whoever they decide to throw in net. They need to play like they have the edge. In my mind they do; with the talent they have on the ice, they really do.