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Hot in the snow: Devils blow out Blues 7-1


James OBrien

While the Philadelphia Flyers canceled their game due to adverse conditions, teams like the New Jersey Devils decided to soldier on, even if it meant playing in front of minuscule crowds. Their accounts (and trainers?) may disagree, but Tuesday’s game appeared to be worth playing, as New Jersey decimated the St. Louis Blues 7-1.

Again, it wasn’t all good news, as justifiably poor attendance and Adam Henrique’s mystery injury put a damper on things. Still, it was an unusually potent night for the Devils’ struggling offense.

This was the Devils’ first seven-goal output since they beat the New York Islanders 7-1 back in April 2010, according to The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti. The team’s power play efficiency was also an anomaly, as they produced three consecutive man advantage goals:

Devils had 7 PPG at home all season and never more than one in game before getting three tonight.

— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 22, 2014

All in all, it was worth trudging the snow, especially if Henrique’s issue is only minor. Of course, the ordeal might not be totally over, as they must avoid getting stuck on their way home, as Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac can attest.

(As far as the Blues are concerned, Alexander Steen established a new career-high with his 25th goal. And ... that’s about all the positives they can probably take from this one.)

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