WHAT IT MEANS: The Devils’ losing ways continued. Martin Brodeur was pulled after allowing three first-period goals in a span of 5:03, and the Devils lost to the Wild, 4-2, on Friday night in Minnesota. New Jersey has now lost three games in a row, and fell to 12-11-1 overall. The Devils outshot the Wild, 31-16.
YANKED: Brodeur was lifted in favor of backup Johan Hedberg 8:17 into the game after allowing three goals on four shots. In the 39-year-old’s defense, they were not all his fault. Hedberg made 11 saves on 12 shots in relief.
CAPTAIN: Zach Parise had a beautiful redirection goal 2:54 into the first and added an assist. It was his seventh of the season and first since Nov. 16.
OH NO-VY: Ilya Kovalchuk scored a goal, but made several miscues. First, a puck jumped over his stick at the left point which led to Dany Heatley’s seventh of the season 20 seconds after Parise scored. Then, he tripped over Parise’s skate at the Devils’ blue line as they were trying to get a puck of the zone which led to Kyle Brodziak’s first goal of the evening at 6:55 of the opening frame. And a puck hopped over his stick at the point in the third and led to Broziak’s second of the night on the breakaway, which proved to be a backbreaker. Hedberg bailed him out in the second after Kovalchuk’s cross-ice pass was intercepted by Mikko Koivu, who moved in on a breakaway but was stoned. Kovalchuk did have six shots in 26:04 of ice-time.
POWER OUTAGE: The Devils’ power play anemic power play went 0-for-5.
STAT SO: The Devils’ top line forwards -- Parise, Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique -- combined for 17 shots.
UP NEXT: Devils at Jets, Saturday night, 7 p.m.