Ryane Clowe was one of the many players in Thursday nights lineup making their debut for the New Jersey Devils, following the five-year deal worth over $24-million he signed as a free agent this summer.
The feisty left winger wasted no time jumping into action when he dropped the gloves with Pittsburgh’s Tanner Glass after Glass pummeled Devils captain, Bryce Salvador with a hard hit into the boards. Clowe, who clearly didn't like what he just saw, skated up to Glass to show his unappreciation.
Clowe came out of the fight with a cut, but it’s the price he was willing to pay to stand up for his teammate and also try to spark up the bench after falling behind 2-0 in the first period. He would finish the game with one shot on goal and four hits in just under 15 minutes of ice time.
It was Clowe's first fight of the season and his second in his career against the Penguins. Clowe traded punches with Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland last season while he was a member of the New York Rangers.
Other than Clowe’s fight with 4.5 seconds left in the first period, the Devils looked flat as they were outscored and outshot by the Penguins. Whether it was Clowe taking liberties on Glass or not, they came out stronger in the next forty minutes but were unable to capitalize on either of their two power play advantages, ultimately falling to Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins by a score of 3-0.
The Devils will look to rebound tonight when they return home for the first time since their last regular season game last April. Cory Schneider, who also made his debut last night for New Jersey, will sit this one out in favor of Martin Brodeur as the Devils host the New York Islanders.