ALBANY, NY — After struggling in the first two periods Friday night against the Springfield Falcons, the Albany Devils dominated in the third period en route to a 4-0 victory at Times Union Center.
Here are three takeaways from Friday’s victory:
Power Play Prowess
Coming into the game, the Devils power play was ranked third in the league. On Friday, the Devils were 2-3 with the man advantage, while the penalty kill denied all Falcons chances.
“We’re doing the right things. We’re getting pucks back, we’re getting pucks to the net. When we do that, we keep things simple,” said right winger Paul Thompson. “When space opens up, it works out.”
“What we’re doing right now is pretty good,” said center Joseph Blandisi. “We just need to keep it like this and stay consistent.”
Third Period Awakening
In the first two periods, the Devils were outshot, 26-15, but held a 1-0 lead thanks to Paul Thompson’s power-play strike in the first. In the third period, the Devils offense erupted with three goals to put the game out of reach. In the third, the Devils outshot the Falcons 13-4.
“I thought the second was little bit better, we cleaned up in some areas and the third was much better,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “This is a night where we could have gotten frustrated with ourselves and they haven’t. Even though we had the lead we weren’t controlling the play early on in the game.”
Danis Denies All
Veteran goaltender Yann Danis backstopped the Devils to victory on Friday, making 30 saves to earn his eighth victory and second shutout of the season. Danis has been in net for all but one of the Devils wins so far this season, and his play impressed his coach. While the Devils were battling to maintain possession in the first two periods, Danis kept his team in front.
“We probably should have been coming in here at least down one, if not two,” Kowalsky said. “A combination of Yann’s play and scoring that goal made us feel better than we probably should have about our game.”
“Our goaltending has been amazing for us. Yann and Carr have stepped up and they’ve been the rock behind our whole team,” Blandisi said.