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October 31, 2008
Four days until the election: How will the Devils' Americans vote?
It's four days until Tuesday's presidential election, so I asked the Devils' American players how they will vote. John McCain or Barack Obama? "I'm a conservative," said forward Mike Rupp, who is from Ohio, a key state in the election. "I'm not overly fond of either. But there are values I stick...
Devils' Greene lost for six weeks with broken hand
Defenseman Andy Greene underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a broken hand and will be lost for six weeks, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello revealed. Greene was hit in the knuckles by a shot during Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. "It was X-rayed and it broke the...
Brodeur's starts won't stop soon for New Jersey Devils
Frank H. Conlon/The Star-LedgerCut goalie Martin Brodeur some slack if he looks a little tired -- he's started all nine games and played a league-high 556 minutes. Devils coach Brent Sutter resisted the urge to skate his team into the concrete beneath the practice rink Thursday, a day after their...
October 30, 2008
New Jersey Devils' Clarkson contributes in different ways
Frank Conlon/The Star-LedgerDavid Clarkson scored the Devils' first goal Wednesday, and later, when they needed a physical spark, Clarkson picked a fight with Toronto's Jamal Mayers. David Clarkson had already scored a goal for the Devils, but when the team needed a different kind of lift, one of a...
New Jersey Devils coach Sutter shows leniency
Brent Sutter smiled when a reporter asked if he had considered a punishment practice Thursday -- a bag skate, it's called -- for his players after their unacceptable defensive effort in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. "The easiest thing for me would...
Devils finish 10th on Forbes' most valuable hockey teams list
Team valued at $222 millionSaed Hindash/The Star-LedgerForbes.com recently posted a story titled "The business of hockey" in which all 30 teams in the NHL were ranked accordingly. The New Jersey Devils finished 10th on the list.Part of the Devils' success, Forbes says, comes from events outside of...
Hockey fight: Devils' Mike Rupp vs. Maple Leafs' Ryan Hollweg
Mike Rupp sends Ryan Hollweg packing in a second period beatdownFrank H. Conlon/The Star-LedgerWhen Ryan Hollweg hit the Devils' Zach Parise in the second period Wednesday, Hollweg should have known it made him a marked man. Devil Mike Rupp was quick to answer Brent Sutter's call (seconds later in...
The Morning After: Breaking down the Devils' 6-5 shootout loss to Toronto
A 6-5 shootout loss to Toronto with lots of shots and not so much defense ... Hard to explain this one, but Star-Ledger hockey writers Rich Chere and Colin Stephenson give it a shot. Read on for thoughts on Marty, Parise, Mottau ... and Obama-style hockey? 1. 48 shots against. 48? Hard to...
Game 9: Toronto 6, Devils 5 (SO)
Box score Newspaper stories: Sutter calls Devils "lifeless" following 6-5 shootout loss to Toronto Elias fine after taking puck to jaw in 6-5 shootout loss to Toronto Halischuk records point in NHL debut for Devils Devils' Gionta not frustrated by goal drought Blog posts: Loss dampens...
Devils' Elias fine after taking puck to jaw in 6-5 shootout loss to Toronto
Frank H. Conlon/Associated PressPatrik Elias, stopped here by Vesa Toskala, later scored on the Toronto goaltender in a shootout. Most of the crowd was still celebrating less than a minute after David Clarkson's goal had given the Devils an early lead. So the majority of the 14,119 who were...
Loss dampens Halischuk's NHL debut for Devils
It was a bit faster than he expected, but Matt Halischuk marked his NHL debut with the Devils by assisting on a Colin White goal. He would've been thrilled had it come in a victory. "I'm lucky I was able to get a point," said Halischuk, the Devils' fourth selection (117th overall) in the 2007...
Photos: Devils lose to Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5
You make the call: Can you figure this team?
It's the kind of night that makes you wonder what type of team this is: You have guys stepping up (goals from Clarkson and White, three assists from Greene and two from Mottau) but then there were those 48 shots against - and three power-play goals against - that helped lead to a third straight...
New Jersey Devils lose in the shootout, 6-5
Patrik Elias was the first to score in the shootout, but Tomas Kaberle and Niklas Hagman scored for Toronto and Vesa Toskala stopped Jamie Langenbrunner to seal the win for Toronto. The Devils had a great chance to win the game in overtime, as they were given a power play 27 seconds into the...
The New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs are going to overtime
The score at the end of regulation is 5-5. The Leafs have outshot New Jersey 48-25, so far.
Now, it is 5-5 between the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs
The goals keep coming inside Prudential Center, almost too fast to keep up with. First it was Jamal Mayers, of all people, the tough guy tying the game, 4-4 for Toronto, with his first goal of the season at 9:15 of the third, with assists to a pair of ex-Rangers, Ryan Hollweg and Dominic Moore...
The second period is over, and the New Jersey Devils lead Toronto, 4-3
Whew! That final Devils power play expired without another goal and the teams can now catch their breath in the second intermission with the score, 4-3 Devils. Wait -- Chris Gardiner of Cranford just scored in the Score-O! What's going on here?So, to recap: First, the Maple Leafs, trailing, 2-0...
Make it stop! The New Jersey Devils score again
Now it is Colin White's turn to give the Devils the lead, as he scores his first goal of the season at 13:42. John Madden and Matt Halischuk get the assists, and for the rookie Halischuk, it is his first NHL point. Mike Rupp has just pummeled ex-Ranger Ryan Hollweg in a fight, jumping Hollweg and...
Elias is back for the New Jersey Devils
Patrik Elias, hit in the face with a puck in the first period, has returned to the action. Elias was just out on a Devils power play, and appears to have a red mark on his right cheek. Also, the Devils' first goal has now been credited to David Clarkson, and not Petr Vrana. It was Clarkson, No...
And now, the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey are tied, 3-3
Another power play goal put the Maple Leafs in front, 3-2, at 7:31 of the second. With Jamie Langenbrunner sent off for high sticking at 6:07, Alex Steen redirected a right circle feed from John Mitchell for his first goal of the season to give Toronto its first lead of the game. But the lead was...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have tied the game at 2-2
Four seconds after Martin Brodeur was whistled for a penalty for high-sticking one-time Ranger Dominic Moore, Matt Stajan scored his second goal of the game, on the power play, to tie the score. The goal held up after being reviewed by league officials in Toronto, who wanted to see whether Stajan...
New Jersey Devils' Halischuk is fourth rookie to make debut this season
NOTEBOOK Rookie right winger Matt Halischuk made his NHL debut Wednesday night for the Devils. Halischuk, 20, was the team's fourth selection (117th overall) in the 2007 entry draft and is the fourth rookie so far this season to play his first NHL game with the team. The night figured to be even...
Toronto Maple Leafs are on the board against the New Jersey Devils
Matt Stajan's deflection of a right point shot by rookie defenseman Luke Schenn has beaten Martin Brodeur at 4:13 and made the score Devils 2, Maple Leafs 1. For Schenn, the Leafs' No. 1 draft pick this summer, the assist is his first NHL point.
At the end of one period, New Jersey Devils lead, 2-0
Early goals by Petr Vrana and Dainius Zubrus have held up and the Devils go into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead. However, there is still no sign of left wing Patrik Elias, who was helped off the ice and into the dressing room with 16:14 remaining. Devils coach Brent Sutter has rotated...
New Jersey Devils take a 2-0 lead
Dainius Zubrus has popped in the rebound of a Brian Gionta shot to make it 2-0, Devils, at 7:04. Zubrus started the play, carrying the puck out of the left corner and dropping a pass for Gionta, who started to circle the net, stopped, came back and jammed a shot toward Toronto goalie Vesa Toskala...
New Jersey Devils' Gionta not frustrated by goal drought
Chris Faytok/The Star-LedgerThis has become familiar for Brian Gionta -- he takes a shot, the goalie makes the save. Brian Gionta is a goal-scorer, so the Devils veteran right winger could not be happy with only one goal in his first nine games this season. But when he is questioned about...
New Jersey Devils take the early lead over Toronto, but Elias leaves the ice
Petr Vrana has tipped in a right point shot by Mike Mottau at 2:32 of the first period and the Devils lead, 1-0, over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mottau and Andy Greene got assists on the goal as Devils coach Brent Sutter changed his defense pairings, splitting up Mottau and Colin White to put Mottau...
October 29, 2008
Devils-Maple Leafs: 3 things to watch
What to look for in Wednesday night's Devils-Maple Leafs game: 1. Will Matt Halischuk make his NHL debut? That all depends on whether coach Brent Sutter decides to dress Halischuk or Nicklas Bergfors, because captain Jamie Langenbrunner expects to play. Halischuk would be the fourth Devils...
Langenbrunner "pretty certain" he'll play vs. Leafs
Jamie Langenbrunner said he expects to play in Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after missing a game and a half with a charley horse. "I feel good," the right winger reported two hours before the match. "I'm pretty certain I'm playing." Asked if he considered taking a few...
Devils sign 2006 draft pick Vasyunov
The Deviils have signed Alexander Vasyunov, their second pick (58th overall) in the 2006 entry draft. He has been assigned to Lowell (AHL).
Langenbrunner says he wants to play against Leafs
After taking part in the Devils' morning skate, captain Jamie Langenbrunner said he hopes to play against the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. Langenbrunner, who said his chances of playing are "better than 50-50," revealed that his injury was a charley horse. ...
Langenbrunner takes a spin on his own before Devils' morning skate
Injured Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner skated on his own and took some shots prior to the team's morning skate on Wednesday at the Prudential Center. Langenbrunner, sidelined with a lower body bruise, will not play in Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was...
New Jersey Devils Salvador, Holik don't take U.S. citizenship lightly
Bobby Holik was born into Communism in the former Czechoslovakia 37 years ago. As a youth he would watch intently as his father and grandfather engaged in political debates, but the budding young hockey star could only dream that he would ever actually be able to cast a vote in a democratic...
New Jersey Devils aren't fretting next trip to Philly after flare up
NOTEBOOK Three days after a fan tossed a smoking and flaming flare onto the ice during his team's game against the Flyers at the Wachovia Center, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said he won't be worried about safety or another incident when the club returns to Philadelphia Dec. 4. "I have no...
October 28, 2008
Lamoriello: Devils aren't worried about Flyers' security
Three days after a fan tossed a smoking and flaming flare onto the ice during his team's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center, Devils president and general manager said he is not worried about safety when his club returns to the arena on Dec. 4. I have no concerns going...
Letourneau-Leblond, Langenbrunner both absent from Devils' practice
Minor league call-ups Matt Halischuk and Nicklas Bergfors both took part in Tuesday morning's Devils practice, but left winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and captain Jamie Langenbrunner were not on the ice. Bergfors skated at right wing on the line with Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus while...
Devils recall Halischuk and Bergfors; Tallackson on long-term IR
Thin on healthy forwards, the Devils Tuesday brought up right wingers Matt Halischuk and Nicklas Berrgfors from their Lowell (AHL) minor league affiliate under emergency recall. Right winger Barry Tallackson, who underwent surgery Sept. 26 to correct an irregular heartbeat, was assigned to...
October 27, 2008
Devils place Rolston and Holik on IR
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello placed injured forwards Brian Rolston (high ankle sprain) and Bobby Holik (broken right pinkie) on injured reserve.
Brent Sutter's traumatic weekend
After a slow bus ride in the rain back from Philadelphia Saturday night, Devils coach Brent Sutter got the news that his son, Brandon, had been hospitalized on Long Island after suffering a concussion in a game at Nassau Coliseum. Sutter did what any parent would do. He hopped in his car and...
Langenbrunner misses Devils practice
Injured right winger Jamie Langenbrunner still was not ready to take the ice when the Devils practiced Monday morning at the Prudential Center. Bothered by a lower body bruise, the Devils' captain worked out off ice. There was no call-up from Lowell (AHL) to join the workout, which left the...
New Jersey Devils may call up a forward from their farm team
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerWith three injured forwards, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Sunday the team may call up a young player -- perhaps former first round pick Nicklas Bergfors -- from their AHL team in Lowell. Without a doubt, the Devils showed some fight while losing both ends of a...
Brandon Sutter released from Long Island hospital
Brandon Sutter, the Carolina Hurricanes rookie center and son of Devils coach Brent Sutter, was discharged Sunday from a Long Island hospital and will return to Raleigh, N.C. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said the 19-year-old Sutter suffered a concussion on a tremendous hit from Doug...
October 26, 2008
Tallackson ready to play in minors
Barry Tallackson, the Devils' young winger who underwent surgery Sept. 26 to correct an irregular heartbeat, will go to Lowell (AHL) as early as today and begin playing games for the minor league club. "He's ready to play," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told me Sunday. Tallackson...
Devils get Sunday off; Lamoriello considers another call to the minors
Showing some fight isn't enough for Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello. After earning just one point of a possible four in a home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Lamoriello said the Devils cannot blame injuries on their disappointing weekend. "I was very pleased with our...
Devils still looking to improve power play
Although I suggested there were no power play goals in Saturday's game against the Flyers, despite a total of 82 minutes in penalties, the Devils' PP actually went 1-for-5. Brion Gionta's second period goal came on the power play. As they await the return of injured point man Brian Rolston (high...
Morning after: Breaking down the 3-2 loss to the Flyers
Thoughts on Langenbrunner ... the Atlantic Division ... Parise. It's all in our morning after with Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere following consecutive losses to the Flyers.1. The bad news: Jamie Langenbrunner tried to go but couldn't. The good news: The Devils only have one game in the next...
Game 8: Flyers 3, Devils 2 (OT)
Tom Mihalek/The Associated PressThe Flyers came out on top of the Devils in both ends of the teams' back-to-back games this weekend, winning in overtime Saturday, 3-2, in Philadelphia. BOXSCORE Stories, blogs: Game story: Devils lose in overtime Sutter's son injured in Hurricanes-Islanders...
Devils captain Langenbrunner insists his injury isn't serious
Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner insists his lower body injury is only a "bruise'' and he'll be fine in a few days. Langenbrunner did not play in the Devils' 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers Sunday. Unable to play in Sunday's game against the...
Flyers sweep weekend series with New Jersey Devils, win 3-2 in overtime
Tom Mihalek/The Associated PressScott Hartnell (left) high-fives Jeff Carter after Carter scored the game-winning goal in the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory over the Devils. The Flyers beat the Devils twice in back-to-back games. PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers are commemorating the final days of the...
You make the call: Northeast Division action
Here's a breakdown of the Devils' first eight games: Outside the Atlantic Division: 3-0-0 Inside the Atlantic Division: 2-2-1 (and one of those victories came in overtime) Are you concerned about how the Devils are doing against their division rivals?
Devils game held up in OT with suspected smoke bomb
An apparent smoke bomb was tossed onto the Wachovia Center ice with 1:46 left in overtime Saturday after a Simon Gagne chance on goal was reviewed and the decision went against the Flyers. Gagne fanned on one shot and his second try hit the crossbar. The play was reviewed and it was determined...
Devils and Flyers go into overtime
Martin Brodeur made saves on Scott Hartnell and Scottie Upshall in the final minutes of regulation time as the Devils and Fkyers went into overtime Saturday at the Wachovia Center.
Parise and Gionta score in second as Devils draw even with Flyers, 2-2
Two fights broke out simultaneously at 3:15 of the second period. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond fought Riley Cote while Mike Rupp took on former teammate Arron Asham. Because the Rupp-Asham fight started seconds after the Letourneau-Leblond fight with Cote, bot hRupp and Asham received fighting...
October 25, 2008
Sutter juggles lines as Devils trail Flyers after first period, 1-0
Mike Knuble scored the first goal of the game as the Flyers took the lead in the opening period. A pass from Glen Metropolit behind the net allowed Knuble to skate out from the left side of the goal, where he jammed the puck between Martin Brodeur's legs at 9:42. Devils coach Brent Sutter...
Elias opens game on Devils' top line with Zajac and Parise
Despite Brent Sutter's pregame plan to use David Clarkson at right wing on the line with Travis Zajac and Zach Parise, he started Patrik Elias at that spot Saturday afternoon against the Flyers. It appeared Sutter's new plan might be to double-shift Elias since the Devils only had 11 healthy...
Devils-Flyers Take Two: 3 things to watch
The Flyers won their first game of the season Friday night at the Prudential Center. Now they have a chance to sweep the Devils with Saturday's 4 p.m. rematch. Here's what to look for in the second half of the home-and-home series: 1. Better goaltending? Martin Brodeur and Martin Biron were...
Langenbrunner out; Brodeur will start vs. Flyers
Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner arrived at the Wachovia Center early on Saturday and decided he was unable to play the second game of the home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers. Langenbrunner suffered an injury when he hit the boards during the second period Friday night in Newark...
Game 7: Philadelphia Flyers 6, Devils 3
Box score Newspaper stories: Devils fall to Flyers, 6-3; Langenbrunner leaves with "lower body injury" Devils rookie Letourneau-Leblond goes overboard in 6-3 loss to Flyers Devils' White leading team in plus/minus Blog posts: Devils say Flyers not as bad as their record You Make the...
Photos: Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Get a closer look at some of the blow-by-blow action of the Devils' 6-3 loss to the Flyers Friday night.
The morning after: Breaking down the Devils 6-3 loss to the Flyers
Brodeur, Zajac, Langenbrunner ... Jean Ratelle? Rich Chere breaks down the Devils' 6-3 loss to the Flyers Saturday night.1. Five goals (plus an empty-netter) after only 8 goals all season. How do you explain it - especially coming off a shutout? Martin Brodeur would have to admit this was one of...
New Jersey Devils rookie Letourneau-Leblond goes a bit overboard
Rookie winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond knew it was the kind of mistake that can often mean a ticket back to the minors. A five-minute boarding major against Flyers forward Riley Cote in the first period last night led to a Mike Knuble power-play goal and then another 2 1/2...
Devils: Flyers aren't as bad as their record
The Devils knew the Flyers were desperate, so they weren't surprised at the way their division rivals battled Friday night at the Prudential Center. "That's a good hockey team over there," Zach Parise said after the 6-3 Flyers victory. "They've been catching some bad breaks." Goalie Martin...
New Jersey Devils fall to Flyers, 6-3; Langenbrunner leaves with "lower body injury"
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesJamie Langenbrunner takes a tumble during the Devils' 6-3 loss to the Flyers Friday night. It was a night both goaltenders would like to forget, but Martin Brodeur had to leave the ice scratching his head as the Devils saw their three-game winning streak end with a 6-3...
You make the call: What's good/bad about 6-3 loss to Flyers
The Good: The Devils showed they can score. A goal in the first minute, three in the first period (for eight in four periods). Of course, there was nothing in the second or third period. The Bad: Another veteran hurt, Jamie Langenbrunner, out with a "lower body injury." This could explain the stop...
New Jersey Devils' White leading team in plus-minus
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerColin White had a plus rating in each of his five seasons before the lockout. NOTEBOOK Colin White has finished the past three seasons with negative plus-minus ratings. The veteran defenseman, who battled vision problems in his damaged eye, was minus-5 last...
Langenbrunner hurt in second period
The Devils, already without injured veteran forwards Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik, lost right winger Jamie Langenbrunner during the second period. Langenbrunner left after a hit on his third shift of the period, but there was no medical report from the club between periods. The Devils' captain...
Gloves come off in second period as Flyers tale 4-3 lead over Devils
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond squared off with Riley Cote in the second period for his first NHL fight. Cote had been the rookie winger's target when he drew a 5:00 major for boarding in the first period and the Flyers scored a power play goal. The lengthy fight was a good one, with both players...
Parise leads Devils in first period vs. Flyers
Rookie winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond experienced his first uncomfortable minutes in the NHL during Friday night's first period against the Flyers when he took a 5:00 major penalty for boarding Riley Cote. It proved costly as the Flyers snapped a 1-1 tie on a power play goal from Mike...
Flyers face Devils without Daniel Briere
The Devils faced the Flyers Friday night without Philadelphia's leading scorer, Daniel Briere. Briere, who has seven points (three goals, four assists) in Philly's six games, will be lost for 3-4 weeks with a sports hernia. The Flyers started Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen on defense and...
October 24, 2008
Devils-Flyers: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Flyers meet for the first time this season Friday night at the Prudential Center. It's the first half of a home-and-home series. Three things to look for in the first half of this back-to-back battle: 1. How tough will the Flyers be on Martin Brodeur? Will he get knocked around...
Devils playing their best hockey since Sutter's arrival
It took a year, but the Devils are playing the kind of hockey Brent Sutter envisioned when he accepted the job as head coach during the summer of 2007. The Devils bring a 5-1 record into Friday night's home game against the Philadelphia Flyers and Sutter said he couldn't be happier. "This is...
Sutter saw son's first NHL goal on TV
Devils coach Brent Sutter did miss son Brandon's first NHL goal Thursday night. He was watching the Hurricanes-Penguins game on TV. Brandon, a rookie with the Carolina Hurricanes, is the seventh member of the Sutter family to score a goal in the NHL. "It was nice. Of course I'm a very proud...
Brodeur: There's no way for NHL goalies to cheat
Martin Brodeur is usually slightly amused by suggestions that most NHL goaltenders cheat by using illegal pads. After all, the Devils goalie has always played with some of the game's smallest equipment. But Brodeur, one of only eight Devils players to participate in Friday's morning skate at the...
New Jersey Devils' depth key as injuries hit Rolston, Holik
Chris Faytok/The Star-LedgerPetr Vrana has filled the hole in the Devils' lineup caused by Brian Rolston's injury. Their two big name summer free-agent acquisitions are both out of the lineup, but somehow, the Devils are scoring goals and winning games. And less than two weeks after a painful...
Surprise! Brodeur will start for New Jersey Devils on Friday
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDevils coach Brent Sutter said Martin Brodeur will start Friday's game against the Flyers. Sutter wouldn't say if Brodeur will play Saturday's game also. With back-to-back games Friday and Saturday -- and Saturday's game in Philadelphia an early, 4 p.m. start, due to the...
October 23, 2008
Holik visits New Jersey Devils practice
Bobby Holik visited practice briefly, his entire right hand covered in a cast to protect the broken pinkie that was operated on Tuesday. The cast is to protect the broken digit from swelling and sweating. Holik told reporters his father is in town to stay with him. The bad news, of course, is that...
Tallackson practices with New Jersey Devils for the first time since his heart surgery
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerBarry Tallackson practiced with the Devils Thursday for the first time since undergoing heart surgery Sept. 26. Barry Tallackson practiced with the full team Thursday for the first time since undergoing the surgical procedure late last month to correct his irregular...
Kevin Smith says everyone from Jersey should root for the Devils
Jersey director loves the Devils and hates Ranger fansGetty ImagesKevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" oens on Halloween. Director and Jersey native Kevin Smith did an interview with Yahoo hockey blogger and Devils fan Greg Wyshynski, aka Puck Daddy. Smith is doing press for his new movie...
Who won the fight between Devils' Bryce Salvador and Stars' B.J. Crombeen?
Nominate your winner in the comments sectionChris Faytok/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Bryce Salvador tangles up with the Stars' B.J. Crombeen during last night's game in Newark.The New Jersey Devils' Bryce Salvador and Dallar Stars' B.J. Crombeen threw down the mitts in the third period of last...
Tough guy Sean Avery won't talk to media or fans
Agitator came up empty in his return to Marty's houseChris Faytok/The Star-LedgerSean Avery fights for position in front of Martin Brodeur. Avery would come up scoreless on the night, while Brodeur's shutout puts him five behind Terry Sawchuk's NHL record of 103.Sean Avery had no problems talking...
Morning after: Breaking down Devils' 5-0 crushing of Dallas Stars
Chris Faytok/The Star-LedgerSean Avery didn't bite on David Clarkson's invitation to fight. Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere breaks down the team's 5-0 victory over the Stars ... with thoughts on Sean Avery, terrific defense, and other topics: 1. Let's start with Sean Avery. Was that...
Game 6: Devils 5, Dallas Stars 0
Box Score Newspaper Stories Game story: Devils crush Stars, 5-0 Devils rookie scores point in debut Brodeur wants the Rock to rock Letourneau-Leblond earns shot at NHL debut Blog posts Clarke: Avery's an idiot Letourneau-leblond: No fights, one point You Make the Call: What was the best...
New Jersey Devils rookie Letourneau-Leblond gets assist in NHL debut against Stars
Justin Lane/EPAPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, left, played his usual physical game in the Devils' victory over Dallas. NOTEBOOK Devils rookie left winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond didn't match teammate Petr Vrana by scoring a goal in his NHL debut, but he did the next best thing. He played a...
Devils defenseman Greene's perfect start
Since defenseman Andy Greene was inserted into the Devils' lineup, things couldn't have gone much better. After sitting out the first three games of the season, Greene made his season debut last Thursday night in Atlanta. In his three games this season the Devils are 3-0 with two shutouts. ...
Photos: Devils vs. Dallas Stars
Photos from Wednesday night's 5-0 Devils victory over the Dallas Stars. View more sports photos
Letourneau-Leblond: No fights, one point in NHL debut
Who would have guessed? Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond scored his first NHL point before he had his first fight. Letourneau-Leblond assisted on David Clarkson's third-period goal in Wednesday night's 5-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. "That's funny," said the 23-year-old left winger, known...
You make the call: What's was the best thing tonight?
OK, it was the most impressive effort of the season ... so what was your favorite part of the Devils' 5-0 victory over the Stars: 1. The five-goal outburst on offense - including one by David Clarkson? 2. Marty Brodeur's 98th career shutout? 3. Sean Avery wanting nothing to do with Clarkson when...
New Jersey Devils crush Stars, 5-0
Madden's two second-period goals back BrodeurChris Faytok/The Star-LedgerDevils center John Madden celebrates his first of two goals during the second period past Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.Sean Avery was little more than a minor distraction as the...
Letourneau-Leblond gets first NHL point for Devils
He did match Petr Vrana's NHL debut by scoring a goal, but Devils rookie Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond did score in his very first game when he assisted on David Clarkson's goal at 10:42 of the third period. The goal came 53 seconds after a Zach Parise goal. Defenseman Andy Greene assisted on...
Madden scores twice in 72 seconds of second period
The Devils took command as they knocked Stars goalie Marty Turco out of the game in the second period while taking a 3-0 lead. John Madden scored twice in the period, his goals coming in a span of 72 seconds. The first goal came at 9:05 when defenseman Paul Martin gave Madden the puck and he...
Devils take 1-0 lead in first period
Sean Avery was in the middle of the action in the first period of Wednesday night's Devils-Stars game, but it was Jamie Langenbrunner who scored the first goal. Zach Parise tied up Trevor Daley in the corner, getting the puck to Langenbrunner. The Devils' captain skated out and scored on a...
Bobby Clarke: Avery's an idiot
Former Flyers center and general manager Bobby Clarke teed off on Sean Avery in a TSN.ca story Wednesday. In the Canadian website story, Clarke called Avery an "idiot" and suggested the Devils take action if it is warranted Wednresday night at the Prudential Center. "He's (Avery) making a...
New Jersey Devils goalie Brodeur wants the Rock to rock
NOTEBOOK Sean Avery's antics weren't the only moments from last spring's playoff series against the Rangers that left a bad taste in Martin Brodeur's mouth. The Devils goalie said playing at home in a building packed with Rangers jerseys was also unpleasant. "What happened in this...
Rookie Letourneau-Leblond earns shot at debut for New Jersey Devils
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, front, of the Devils, shown in preseason action earlier this month, was eagerly anticipating his NHL regular-season debut Wednesday night.Another night, another Devils rookie making his NHL debut. Defenseman Anssi Salmela and forward Petr...
October 22, 2008
3 things to look for in Devils-Stars matchup
As Martin Brodeur suggested earlier this week, a mid-week, early-season game between the Devils and Dallas Stars probably isn't a big draw. But Wednesday night's game has a few added factors: 1. The Sean Avery-Martin Brodeur battle. There will be no arm and stick waving, but that doesn;t mean...
Letourneau-Leblond ready for NHL debut
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond was among the 11 Devils players who took part in Wednesday's morning skate at the Prudential Center and his smile was bigger than usual as he counted down the time before making his NHL debut against the Dallas Stars. I asked Letourneau-Leblond if he had any trouble...
New Jersey Devils' focus: 'W,' not Avery
Former Rangers pest returns to the Rock WednesdayDavid L. Pokress/MCT via NewsdayThe Dallas Stars' Sean Avery, right, taking a shot from the Rangers' Chris Drury Monday night, makes a less-than-welcomed return to the Prudential Center Wednesday.Sean Avery wasn't talking, but Devils goalie Martin...
Stars coach Tippett: Avery no distraction
Sean Avery may have been a colossal distraction to Martin Brodeur and the Devils last season, but Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett says he's been just one of the guys so far this year. Speaking after his team practiced Tuesday afternoon at the Prudential Center, Tippett said Avery has been an...
October 21, 2008
NHL considers putting a second team in Toronto
NHL governors and officials are apparently considering putting a second team in Toronto and several Devils players think it's a great idea. Although the Toronto Globe and Mail quoted some league officials as saying it would likely not be an expansion team, almost everyone agrees the Toronto market...
Brodeur ready for Avery's return to Newark
Martin Brodeur called the hoopla surrounding Sean Avery during last spring's playoffs "a circus." The Devils' goalie hasn't changed his feelings about Avery now that the notorious agitator is about to return to the Prudential Center Wednesday night with the Dallas Stars. "Not at all. It is...
Letourneau-Leblond thinking about Avery?
Sean Avery was booed at Madison Square Garden in his return with the Dallas Stars Monday night, but will the former Rangers pest get a different kind of greeting from the Devils Wednesday night at the Prudential Center? Minor league call-up Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond is well aware of Avery's...
New Jersey Devils' Holik will have surgery on finger
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesBobby Holik will have surgery on his broken pinkie Tuesday and will be sidelined three to four weeks.It was purely coincidental that Bobby Holik's parents, who live in the Czech Republic, arrived in New Jersey on Sunday to visit their grown son. Their timing could not have...
October 20, 2008
Holik needs surgery; lost 3-4 weeks
Bobby Holik needs surgery to repair his broken right pinkie and will be sidelined 3-4 weeks, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Monday. Lamoriello also said Brian Rolston (high ankle sprain) had an MRI and X-rays which showed no damage and is day-to-day. "Brian's MRI and X-rays all...
No Holik or Rolston at Devils' practice
Neither Brian Rolston nor Bobby Holik participated in Devils practice Monday morning at the Prudential Center. With both injured forwards unavailable, newly-recalled forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond skated on the fourth line with Mike Rupp and David Clarkson.
Letourneau-Leblond recalled by Devils
Short on healthy forwards, the Devils recalled fighting winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from Lowell (AHL) Monday morning. Letourneau-Leblond, who had a strong training camp and preseason, joins the club as it awaits word on the medical conditions of Brian Rolston (high ankle sprain) and...
New Jersey Devils boosted by sudden burst of firepower in Washington
Luis M. Alvarez/Associated PressZach Parise scored the game-winning goal against the Capitals in a shootout. To the nervous fans and skeptical members of the media, it was beginning to look as if the Devils had become a team that would scratch for a goal or two and then turn to goaltender Martin...
October 19, 2008
4-1 Devils get a day off
After what was technically a four-game road trip but in actuality only two games away from home following last Monday's loss at Madison Square Garden, the Devils were given a day off on Sunday. With a 4-1 record, the Devils will return to the ice Monday morning in preparation for Wednesday...
Morning after: Breaking down Devils shootout victory over the Caps
Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere breaks down the Devils' 4-3 shootout victory over the Caps Saturday ... with thoughts on the offense, the defense, old age and injuries1. They outshot their fifth straight opponent and scored two goals in a period and three in a game for the first time all season...
Parise wins it for Devils in shootout
Chuck Myers/MCTZach Parise skates in on a shootout attempt against Washington goalie Brent Johnson. Parise scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Devils a 4-3 victory. Newspaper articles Game story: Vrana scores in Devils' win Bobby Holik breaks pinkie Elias breaks team...
Vrana scores first NHL goal in New Jersey Devils' shootout victory
WASHINGTON -- Patrik Elias couldn't help taunting a rookie. As a veteran with a caustic sense of humor, Elias suggested to Petr Vrana that the young forward couldn't keep the puck with which he scored his first goal in his NHL debut. That was because the setup had made Elias the Devils' all-time...
Holik breaks right pinky in his unlucky building
The Verizon Center in Washington is becoming an arena Devild center Bobby Holik might consider avoiding. Holik suffered a broken pinky on his right hand during the second period of Saturday night's shootout victory over the Capitals. He will be examined in New Jersey to determine whether he'll...
You make the call: Was this the Devils' best game?
They couldn't hold a one-goal lead in the final six minutes ... but there are plenty of reasons why the Devils' 4-3 shootout victory over the Caps in Washington was their best of the season. The Devils took the best the Caps - one of the highest-scoring teams in the league - had to offer. They...
Broken pinky finger sidelined Holik
WASHINGTON - Bobby Holik left Saturday night's game with the Caps in the first period with a broken finger. Holik played just 6:57 of last night's game and didn't return after getting hurt in the first period. It is unclear how long he may be out. The Devils won, 4-3, in a shootout. It was their...
Devils top Caps in shootout
Chuck Myers/MCTShaone Morrisonn and Brian Gionta jostled for position in front of the goal early, but the Devils pulled out the win late in a shootout. WASHINGTON -- Rookie Petr Vrana celebrated his NHL debut by scoring a goal, but the Devils needed a shootout to overcome the Caps, 4-3. ...
Brodeur under fire in second period as Devils trail, 2-1
A power play goal from Capitals defenseman Mike Green at 12:18 of the second period snapped a 1-1 deadlock Saturday night at the Verizon Center. Back-to-back penalties by Andy Greene (tripping) and John Madden (hooking) gave the Caps a two-man power play advantage for 1:27. Alex Ovechkin fanned...
Elias breaks team mark for assists
Patrik Elias took over the team's career lead in assists on Petr Vrana's first-period goal. It was the 365th assist of Elias' career with the Devils: The list: Elias: 365 Scott Niedermayer: 364 John MacLean: 354 Scott Stevens: 337 Kirk Muller: 335 Scott Gomez 334
Vrana scores first NHL goal in Devils debut
It took Devils rookie forward Petr Vrana less than 13 minutes to score his first NHL goal. Making his NHL debut in Saturday night's game against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, Vrana redirected a Patrik Elias shot at 12:48 of the first period to tie the score, 1-1. Dainius...
Gritty Clarkson looks to add scoring touch to his game
WASHINGTON -- David Clarkson spent some time this past summer in Scotland and Ireland, where he still has quite a few relatives. The trip to Europe is something the Devils' right winger has done several times since he was a little kid, but this year he considered trying something new. Clarkson's...
Yzerman named Team Canada Olympic hockey chief; Sutter in running for coach?
Steve Yzerman was named executive director for Team Canada's national Olympic men's hockey team on Saturday and one of his jobs will be to select a coaching staff. Devils coach Brent Sutter is undoubtedly one of those in the running to be Team Canada's head coach for the 2010 Winter Olympics in...
Sutter: Capitals, Ovechkvin something special
Devils coach Brent Sutter had some words of praise for Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin. Talking to reporters before Saturday night's game at the Verizon Center, Sutter said the Caps were a dengerous offensive team. "Probably when you look at it offensively and you just look at...
October 18, 2008
Devils-Flyers game next Saturday moved to 4 p.m.
With the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series, the Flyers have moved next Saturday's game against the Devils at the Wachovia Center from a scheduled 7 p,m. start to 4 p.m. The game will be televised on MSG-plus and WFAN-660 radio. Traffic is a concern because the Wachovia Center and...
Zubrus: Let's talk
Devils forward Dainius Zubrus has high hopes for rookie Petr Vrana's NHL debut in Saturday night's game with the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, but the key may be communication. "I think we all have to talk more," Zubrus said. Zubrus will center the line with Vrana on right wing...
Devils struggling to score despite lots of shots
The Devils have begun the season 3-1-0, and despite speculation that their lack of big names on defense might hurt them, they have combined with goaltender Martin Brodeur to allow just six goals in those four games, fourth-best in the NHL.* The problem is offense. As sharp as they've been...
October 17, 2008
Vrana will make NHL debut vs. Capitals
The time has finally arrived for Petr Vrana to make his NHL debut for the Devils. With Brian Rolston out with an ankle injury, Vrana will play in Saturday night's game against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. He'll skate at right wing on a line with veterans Patrik Elias and...
Brodeur and Parise avoid injuries during practice
With Brian Rolston making his way back to New Jersey with an ankle injury, the Devils nearly saw two other key players suffer injuries during their Friday afternoon practice at the Verizon Center. Goalie Martin Brodeur was hit in the left arm by a David Clarkson shot. The puck hit him just above...
New Jersey Devils send Salmela to the minor leagues
Rookie defenseman Anssi Salmela, who has played three NHL games, has been assigned to Lowell (AHL) so that he can play this weekend, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. Lamoriello said he planned to accompany Salmela to Massachusetts. "He'll play this weekend," Lamoriello said. "I don't feel a young...
Rolston returning to New Jersey; Salmela assigned to Lowell
Brian Rolston will return to New Jersey Friday afternoon so that Devils' team doctors can examine his injured right ankle. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said an X-ray on Rolston's ankle was negative and that there is no damage to the veteran forward's knee. Rolston called the injury a...
The Morning After: Rich Chere breaks down Devils 1-0 win over Thrashers
The Devils say Brian Rolston is fine. We're skeptical ... but until we learn more, we'll break down other elements of last night's 1-0 victory over the Thrashers. Here are four questions with Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere:1. The defense. We know about Brodeur. Tell us about the defensemen...
Devils coach Sutter makes several line changes in 1-0 victory over Atlanta
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur is chasing Patrick Roy's wins record and Terry Sawchuk's shutout record. NOTEBOOK ATLANTA -- Coach Brent Sutter made several line changes during Thursday night's win over the Thrashers. His most notable change was moving Brian Rolston from center to...
Photo Gallery: Devils beat Atlanta, 1-0
Rolston's injury: A moment for Devils to hold their breaths
It did not look good. With 9:54 remaining in the third period Thursday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Brian Rolston crashed hard into the end boards. It took support from Dainius Zubrus and Colin White to help him off the ice. The entire team could only watch and wonder. "It's concerning,"...
Devils' Rolston injures ankle in 1-0 victory over Atlanta
You make the call: How do you view the 3-1 start?
The good, the bad and the ugly of the Devils' 3-1 start following their 1-0 victory in Atlanta. The good: Brodeur and the defense look solid with just six goals against (one empty net) in four games. The power-play produced a goal and the Devils killed off five penalties. And did we mention the...
New Jersey Devils' Rolston injured after scoring winning goal in 1-0 victory over Atlanta
ATLANTA -- A power play goal from Brian Rolston helped Devils goalie Martin Brodeur continue his pursuit of two all-time records. But Rolston's second-period goal, which carried the Devils to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night at Philips Arena, seemed secondary when he was...
New Jersey Devils' Brookbank wondering if he's odd man out on defense
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils claimed Sheldon Brookbank off waivers last season from Columbus. ATLANTA -- Sheldon Brookbank wasn't among the free-agent defensemen who commanded big money last summer. And it didn't bother him in the least. When Brookbank re-signed with the Devils, he got...
Injured Rolston helped off the ice in third period of Devils game in Atlanta
Brian Rolston, who scored his first goal of the season earlier in the game, had to be helped off the ice by teammates Dainius Zubrus and Colin White with 9:54 left in the third period. Rolston was helped to the dressing room with an apparent knee or leg injury.
Power play clicks for 1-0 Devils lead in second period
After going 1-for-13,including 0-for-2 Thursday night, the Devils scored a power play goal to take a 1-0 lead over the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night. The goal from Brian Rolston came in the second period after a penalty from Atlanta's Garnet Exelby. Rolston went deep into the right corner...
New Jersey Devils' Holik says he had to move on from Atlanta
Andrew Mills/The Star-LedgerBobby Holik in his Atlanta Thrashers days NOTEBOOK ATLANTA -- As expected, Bobby Holik was the center of media attention in his return to Atlanta. The big center played three seasons for the Thrashers and was their captain last season. The Devils flew in Wednesday...
Painful first period in Atlanta for Devils' center Zajac
It was a tough first period Thursday night at Philips Arena for Devils center Travis Zajac, who was hit in the foot by a Mathieu Schneider shot. Zajac also took a pair of hooking penalties. Zajac had to limp off after being struck by Schneider's shot with 1:48 left. He was in obvious pain on the...
Former Devils defenseman Quenneville new Blackhawks coach
Denis Savard was fired as Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday and replaced by former Devils defenseman Joel Quenneville. Quenneville played one season for the Devils (1982-83) and had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 74 games. He is one of many ex-Devils players who became successful NHL head...

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