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November 30, 2008
Pushovers in Pittsburgh: A second look at the loss
After five straight victories, the Devils turned in one of their weaker efforts of the season. Beat writer Rich Chere breaks down last night's 4-1 loss to the Penguins:1. Let's start with the goalie. Third straight start, sixth in seven games, for Clemmensen. Should we expect Weekes next time...
Game 22: Penguins 4, Devils 1
Box score Newspaper articles Pens snap Devils' win streak Zubrus ailing but willing Pandolfo's role in transition Notes: Penalty kill still on point Post-game notes: Zubrus runs out of gas Blog posts Too much Crosby 3 things to watch
Post-game Devils notes: Zubrus runs out of gas
PITTSBURGH -- A stomach ailment prevented center Dainius Zubrus from taking part in the morning skate, but he was determined to give the Devils all he could in Saturday night's game against the Penguins. Halfway through the third period, Zubrus was finally out of gas and wound up on the bench as...
Devils: Too much Sidney Crosby?
Sidney Crosby put on an offensive clinic. But Devils coach Brent Sutter wasn't prepared to say the Devils were manhandled by the Penguins' captain in their 4-1 loss. "He's a good player, don't get me wrong," Sutter said of Crosby. "For 40 minutes they dictated how the game was going to be...
Slideshow: Penguins 4, Devils 1
Pittsburgh Penguins snap New Jersey Devils' win streak with 4-1 win
Gene J. PuskarMike Mottau tries to stop Sidney Crosby, who had a hat trick and assisted on another goal as the Penguins snapped the Devils' five-game winning streak. PITTSBURGH -- They may have been separated by only three points in the standings, but there were too many moments Saturday night when...
Sykora and Crosby goals in second give Penguins 3-0 lead over Devils
Former Devils winger Petr Sykora scored a power play goal at 7:26 of the second period before Sidney Crosby scored his second of the game to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead over the Devils. Sykora's goal was a highlight reel play following an interference penalty by Zach Parise against Janne...
Crosby puts Devils in early hole
Sidney Crosby greeted the Devils and goalie Scott Clemmensen with a spectacular goal 21 seconds into the game. After skating between defensemen Paul Martin and Bryce Salvador and then turning on the speed, the Penguins captain was unable to get a shot on net. But Crosby held onto the puck and...
Devils-Penguins: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Penguins square off in Mellon Arena Saturday night. Three things to watch: 1. Dainius Zubrus. He was feeling ill all day and didn't participate in the morning skate. How will he perform in what will be a tough assignment? 2. Return of Mike Mottau. He served a two-game...
New Jersey Devils' penalty kill still on point
NOTEBOOK Shockingly, the Devils' penalty killing has improved over the past few games without John Madden. Coach Brent Sutter said no changes were made. "No, we haven't changed a thing since John is out of the lineup. I think the guys have just really focused in on it," Sutter said. "Our...
Pandolfo's role changes as New Jersey Devils ride hot streak
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerWith linemate John Madden out recently with an injury, the game has been different for Jay Pandolfo. PITTSBURGH -- These are strange times for Devils left winger Jay Pandolfo. Throughout much of his career, Pandolfo has drawn the checking assignment against...
Devils center Zubrus is ailing but willing
Dainius Zubrus was clearly not feeling his best, but the Devils' center was determined to play in Saturday night's game against the Penguins despite a stomach problem that prevented him from taking part in the morning skate. Asked how he was feeling, Zubrus said; "I'm here standing in front of...
November 29, 2008
Devils' Zubrus ailing but will play; Clemmensen will start in net
Dainius Zubrus, bothered by a bad stomach, did not take part in Saturday's morning skate, but Devilks coach Brent Sutter said the center will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "He's fine. He wasn't feeling 100 percent," Sutter said. "We gave him the morning off and he'll be ready to go...
Zubrus absent from Devils' morning skate: Clemmensen to start in net
Although he came over from the hotel on the team bus, Dainius Zubrus did not take part in the Devils' skate at Mellon Arena Saturday morning. Since he came over with the team, it is very likely that he will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Eleven forwards and assistant coach John MacLean...
Things back to normal for New Jersey Devils' Mottau following suspension
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMike Mottau says he understands why the NHL suspended him two games for his hit on the Islanders' Frans Nielsen. Mike Mottau had a quiet Thanksgiving week. The Devils defenseman didn't go with his teammates on their successful two-game trip to Florida this week...
November 28, 2008
All quiet at Devils practice
The post-practice chat with coach Brent Sutter didn't yield much in the way of news. Mike Mottau will be back in the lineup, and Sutter, naturally, is happy to have him. John Madden is not ready to return, however, and the coach doesn't have much to say about that. Oh, and Sutter will let everyone...
Devils are back to work after a day off to give Thanks
The Devils are skating at the practice rink in Newark and 20 players are on the ice. Defenseman Mike Mottau, having served his two-game suspension for elbowing the Islanders Frans Nielsen, is eligible to return to action tomorrow and he is out there. With that in mind, defenseman Jay Leach, called...
Red-hot New Jersey Devils starting to believe
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressDevils captain Jamie Langenbrunner says the team is playing well and fighting through its early-season challenges.Admit it. You thought the Devils were going to drop completely out of the playoff hunt when goalie Martin Brodeur went down with a torn tendon in his left...
November 27, 2008
Devils take Thanksgiving Day off
Savoring a five-game winning streak, the Devils flew back to New Jersey after their 3-2 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers and arrived home early Thursday morning. Most of the writers and broadcasters flew back Thursday morning to enjoy Thanksgiving Day at home. The Devils were given the...
Hot Devils winning all kinds of ways
Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere was witness to another emotional Devils victory Wednesday, this one a 3-2 overtime win after the team blew a two-goal lead late in the game. He gives his take on the continued success of Scott Clemmensen, the possibility of a Jay Bouwmeester trade, and an...
Game 21: New Jersey Devils 3, Florida Panthers 2 (OT)
Box Score Newspaper Stories: Devils pull out 3-2 overtime victory over Panthers after late-game breakdown Notebook: Proud dad Sutter has no regrets about wearing Hurricanes jersey Minor league veteran Leach happy to be with Devils You Make the Call: What did you take from this see-saw victory?
You Make the Call: What do you make of this see-saw victory?
Hard to describe this one from the Devils. From solid effort, to stunningly disappointing close to regulation, to huge win in overtime. I guess we find out if you're a half-full or half-empty type of person. So what do make of the Devils' 3-2 win over the Panthers? Did it show a lot about their...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 3, Florida Panthers 2 (OT)
New Jersey Devils pull out 3-2 overtime victory over Panthers after late-game breakdown
Lynne Sladky/Associated PressScott Clemmensen stopped David Booth on this shot, but not on the one that sent the game into overtime. SUNRISE, Fla. -- It could've been the most heartbreaking loss of Scott Clemmensen's NHL career. After losing a two-goal lead in the final 2:19 of regulation time...
Panthers pull goalie Vokoun after first period
Trailing, 2-0, to the Devils, the Florida Panthers pulled starting goalie Tomas Vokoun after one period. Vokoun, who allowed two goals on 12 shots in the first, was replaced at the start of the second period by Craig Anderson.
Gionta power play goal gives Devils 1-0 lead over Panthers in first period
Brian Gionta scored a power play goal at 5:33 of the opening period Wednesday night as the Devils took a 1-0 lead over the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. The score, with 17 seconds remaining on a Kamil Kreps holding penalty, gave Gionta goals in five straight games. Johnny Oduya...
Minor-league veteran Leach happy to have job with Devils
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerJay Leach, left, scored his first NHL point Sunday against the Lightning. SUNRISE, Fla. -- The weather on Monday was perfect. Sunny with temperatures in the 70s and low humidity. The Devils had a day off without practice or commitments, a rare opportunity during the...
Devils' Gionta honored by Hockey East
Devils right winger Brian Gionta, who scored a league-record 83 goals in 96 games during his career with Boston College, was named Hockey East's top goal-scorer in conjunction with the league's 25th anniversary celebration. "I just found out on the bus on the way here," Gionta said before...
Devils-Panthers: 3 things to watch
The Devils, who skated to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center on Nov. 20, look to extend their winning streak to five in a row. Three things to watch: 1. The Thanksgiving/Florida sunshine haze. Will the Devils be looking past this game, thinking about getting home...
November 26, 2008
Clemmensen will start in goal for Devils; Clarkson's foot is fine
Scott Clemmensen will make his second straight start in goal for the Devils Wednesday night, giving him six starts in the last eight games. "Why wouldn't we (start him)?" coach Brent Sutter asked after the team's Wednesday morning skate. "I thought about it the last couple of days. I talked to...
Proud dad Sutter has no regrets about wearing Hurricanes jersey
His players have given him some grief for wearing a Carolina Hurricanes jersey, but Devils coach Brent Sutter has no regrets and hopes he can do it again some day. "A couple of guys mentioned a couple of things about it," Sutter said with a grin after the Devils' Wednesday morning skate at the...
Clarkson takes part in Devils' morning skate
Right winger David Clarkson, who was hit in the foot by a shot during Tuesday's practice, took part in the team's Wednesday morning skate and appeared to be fine. No one was missing, including both goalies.
No No. 1 goalie, no problem for New Jersey Devils
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDuring the Devils' current four-game winning streak, Scott Clemmensen is 3-0-0, but there is no indication that makes him the No. 1 goalie. SUNRISE, Fla. -- As soon as Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello revealed that Martin Brodeur would be sidelined for three to four...
November 25, 2008
Clarkson says he'll play; Sutter won't reveal his goalie vs. Panthers
When practice at the BankAtlantic Center ended early Tuesday afternoon and the Devils came off the ice, right winger David Clarkson was already sitting in the dressing room. He had taken a shot off the foot and left early. "I was blocking a shot there in front of the net. I just took a puck off...
Devils coach Sutter plays dad for a night-- in a Hurricanes jersey
Brent Sutter warned warned Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello ahead of time. With the Devils already in south Florida, he planned to attend the Panthers-Hurricanes game at the BankAtlantic Center Monday night to watch his son, Brandon, play for Carolina. And, because the Hurricanes' players...
Devils Clarkson leaves practice early; status unkown
Devils right wing David Clarkson left the ice early during practice this morning. The reason is not yet known Another day ... another injury? We'll see. Clarkson has played in all 20 games for the Devils this season, recoring five goals and three assists while displaying plenty of toughness...
Devils GM Lamoriello: If needed, Madden could play
As I reported, John Madden will not be joining the Devils in south Florida for Wednesday night's game against the Panthers. The veteran center will remain home with a bruised ankle. But GM Lou Lamoriello just told me that the injury is not at all serious and that Madden skated at the Prudential...
Former New Jersey Devils forward Lemieux wants back in the NHL
William Perlman/Star-Ledger File PhotoClaude Lemieux celebrates after scoring a goal in Game 3 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals. The 43-year-old forward is attempting a comeback. Claude Lemieux, the former Devils forward, has signed a tryout contract with the San Jose Sharks in hopes of...
New Jersey Devils' Gionta is finding his groove
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerBrian Gionta has put on an offensive explosion recently, along with linemates Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias. SUNRISE, Fla. -- Brian Gionta tried to look outraged. Although linemate Dainius Zubrus had no intention of stealing the goal his right winger scored during...
November 24, 2008
What you may not know about the Devils' goalies
This is uncharted territory for the Devils since Martin Brodeur joined the team full time in 1993-94. Brodeur, sidelined with a torn biceps tendon in his left arm, will miss his 12th game Saturday night in Pittsburgh. That will match the total games for which he did not dress during the 14...
Devils day after: A second look at Zubrius big night and other questions
We still can't figure out what's more surprising: Four wins in a fow, seven goals on 45 shots or four goals from Dainius Zubrus. Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere breaks is down:1. Four wins in a row. Did you see this coming? Definitely not. They still have key players out with injuries and...
Devils day after: A second look at Zubrius big night and other questions
We still can't figure out what's more surprising: Four wins in a fow, seven goals on 45 shots or four goals from Dainius Zubrus. Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere breaks is down:1. Four wins in a row. Did you see this coming? Definitely not. They still have key players out with injuries and...
Devils pick their dream concerts
As a music collector and fan, I'd often rather talk to Devils players about Coldplay than the power play. So, I've asked each of them what their dream concert would be. They could choose artists who are still around, or those long gone. As they enjoy a day off in Florida today following their...
Game No. 20: Devils 7, Lightning 3
Game story Notebook Zubrus' four goals ties a franchise record Devils feeling confident after four straight wins You make the call on: Zubrus You make the call on: Tampa Bay's new third jersey Clemmensen gets the start Leach recalled from AHL Lowell
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 7, Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Zubrus tied Devils' franchise record with his four goals
By scoring four goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night, center Dainius Zubrus tied the Devils' franchise record for goals in one game. Since the Devils arrived in New Jersey in 1982, four goals have been scored in a game four times. Patrik Elias, who happens to be Zubrus' linemate...
Those new Lightning jerseys -- we have to ask...
Mike Carlson/Associated PressLightning goaltender Olaf Kolzig models Tampa Bay's new third jersey. What did you think? Sort of had a California Golden Seals throwback look to them, no? Or was it the Charlestown Chiefs? Are you an Original Six, classic look guy or gal, or do you welcome the...
Devils feeling confident after fourth straight victory
To borrow from the Buffalo Springfield song, "There's something happening here..." After losing four straight Nov. 8-14 and depleted by injuries to key players, the Devils looked to be in trouble. But they have since turned it around and responded with a four-game winning streak. They are...
You Make the Call: What do you think of Zubrus now?
There's been a lot of talk about Devils forward Dainius Zubrus on this blog. And a lot of it hasn't been nice. What's the view of him now after his four-goal outburst against the Lightning in the Devils' 7-3 victory Sunday afternoon?
Zubrus scores four goals to carry Devils past Lightning, 7-3
With checking center John Madden sidelined because of a foot injury, Dainius Zubrus was called upon to do his share in shutting down the Tampa Bay Lightning's explosive top line. Zubrus played well defensively, but he also scored four goals as the Devils held off the Lightning, 7-3, Sunday night...
Zubrus scores in second period as Devils take 3-0 lead over Lightning
Although they failed to score on a power play starting the second period, the Devils took a 3-0 lead over the Lightning Sunday night just after the advantage expired. Dainius Zubrus took a pass from Jamie Langenbrunner and fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle. The puck deflected off...
Rupp's first goal gives Devils lead over Lightning
Mike Rupp gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the opening period Sunday against the Lightning. Defenseman Anssi Salmela took a shot from the left point and Rupp used his long reach in the left circle to redirect the puck through the legs of goalie Olaf Kolzig at 1:44. It was Rupp's first goal of the...
November 23, 2008
Clemmensen to start in goal for Devils; Sutter will use two lines to check Lightning's top guns
Scott Clemmensen is the goalie. No real surprise there. "I just want to come back with him," coach Brent Sutter said. Interestingly, Sutter said he wasn't worried about having the shut down the Lightning's top line of Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Vaclav Prospal without John...
Devils coach Sutter says suspension to Mottau was justified
As the Devils' head coach, Brent Sutter would've preferred to see Mike Mottau get off scott-free for his elbow to the head on Islanders forward Frans Nielsen Friday night. But as someone who is in favor of removing hits to the head, accidental or otherwise, Sutter said the leagu'e decision to...
Devils-Lightning: 3 things to watch
It's an unusual starting time-- 5 p.m. And the start of a five-game road trip for the Devils. Here are three things to watch in Sunday's meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum: 1. Mike Mottau out. Jay Leach in. A two-game suspension will keep Mottau out of this game. He...
Leach likely to fill in on Devils' defense for suspended Mottau
I'm waiting to hear how many players the Devils called up from their Lowell (AHL) farm club, but Jay Leach is likely to be the defenseman who fills in for Mike Mottau as he serves a two-game suspension. Leach was apparently recalled from Lowell, but Devils coach Brent Sutter also has the option...
Mottau's suspension yet another hit to depleted New Jersey Devils roster
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Mike Mottau was suspended for two games for his elbowing penalty against Islanders forward Frans Nielsen Friday night. Injuries have whittled the Devils' roster all season. Now, the Devils' will be depleted by discipline as well. Defenseman Mike Mottau...
Devils coach Sutter said Isles' Weight didn't apologize for hit on his son
With all the furor over the Islanders Frans Nielsen being out 8-12 weeks after injuring his right knee (and perhaps ankle) after being elbowed by the Devils' Mike Mottau, I almost forgot to include this exchange I had with Devils coach Brent Sutter. I asked Sutter if Islanders center Doug Weight...
New Jersey Devils' Mike Mottau respects Islanders' Trent Hunter
Mike Mottau understood, as soon as he hit Islanders center Frans Nielsen and saw him crumple to the ice in pain Friday night, that he would have to pay a price. He paid it in the form of having to fight the 6-3, 220-pound Trent Hunter immediately after the play was over. "They thought it was a bad...
Weighing in on Devils defenseman Mike Mottau's suspension
There are times the NHL gets it wrong when handing out suspensions. In the case of Devils defenseman Mike Mottau, the league got it right. Mottau received a two-game suspension for his high hit on Islanders forward Frans Nielsen in Friday night's game at the Prudential Center. He'll miss the...
November 22, 2008
New Jersey Devils will be shorthanded in Tampa
Neither John Madden nor Mike Mottau will be with the Devils in Tampa for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Madden, who missed Friday's 5-2 victory over the Islanders with a bruised left ankle, cannot put weight on the ankle, cannot put a skate on the foot, and was did not make the trip...
Looks like it's going to be a short Devils practice
Rich is on the way to Tampa because the Devils were initially supposed to practice there today - if at all. Instead, they're skating here in Newark today before boarding the flight to Florida. So I'm filling in. Practice is about to start - coach Brent Sutter just came on at 12:55 p.m. for the 1...
New Jersey Devils embark on long road trip feeling good
Their 5-2 win over the Islanders Friday sends the Devils off on their 18-day road trip on a winning streak. The team is getting adequate goaltending and is scoring goals, which is a good combination, obviously. They're over .500 now at 10-7-2 on the season, and they're 4-5 since Martin Brodeur went...
Game 19: New Jersey Devils 5, New York Islanders 2
Box score Newspaper Articles Devils show some fire in third straight win Madden's struggles aren't limited to foot injury Tallackson returns Blog Posts As They Played: live game blog You Make the Call: rating the tough stuff Photos Slideshow
Sore foot keeps Madden out of Devils lineup
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressMike Rupp, shown congratulating Kevin Weekes on his 100th career win, replaced John Madden on the line with Jay Pandolfo and David Clarkson. NOTEBOOK The Devils beat the Islanders, 5-2, without center John Madden, who was suffering from a sore foot. Madden had hoped...
You make the call: How do you rate the tough stuff?
The Devils showed plenty of fight in their 5-2 victory over the Islanders. At the end of the second period, defenseman Bryce Salvador pounded Tim Jackman in a lopsided fight that left Jackman needing stitches under his right eye. Then, at 3:22 of the third, defenseman Mike Mottau came across the...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 5, New York Islanders 2
Fired-up New Jersey Devils beat New York Islanders, 5-2
No longer do the Devils lack the passion coach Brent Sutter said was missing against the Islanders all of last season. Supporting goalie Kevin Weekes with five goals and some attitude, the Devils extended their winning streak to three games with a 5-2 victory over the Islanders Friday night...
Struggles for New Jersey Devils' Madden not limited to foot injury
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerJohn Madden says he's not where he wants to be right now in terms of how he's playing. John Madden's foot was sore enough to keep him out of the lineup Friday night against the Islanders at the Prudential Center, but that is not all that has been bothering the Devils'...
Tallackson makes return for New Jersey Devils
NOTEBOOK Barry Tallackson got the word during Friday's morning skate that he might play his first NHL game Friday night since undergoing corrective heart surgery in September. "They just came over and said, 'You might be playing today, so make sure you're prepared,'" he said. "And I'm prepared...
Devils-Islanders: As they play
The Devils are back in action Friday against the New York Islanders in the back end of a rare two home games-in-two nights in Prudential Center. Kevin Weekes is starting in goal for the Devils, after Scott Clemmensen started the previous three games. Colin White, Johnny Oduya, Mike Rupp, Jay...
Madden out; Devils send Bergfors to minors
Rookie right winger Nicklas Bergfors has been assigned to Lowell (AHL), meaning Petr Vrana will play Friday night against the Islanders. Center John Madden, bothered by a sore foot, did not take the pregame warmup and will not play. Bergfors was in New Jersey for the team's optional morning...
November 21, 2008
Devils: The long goodbye begins Saturday
The Devils leave on Saturday for Tampa and the start of a five-game road trip that carries well past Thanksgiving. It will be the longest period within one season in Devils' history between home games-- 18 days. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that does not include the Olympic breaks or...
Devils-Islanders: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Islanders meet for the second time this season. Three points to watch: 1. Weight and see. This will be the first time the Devils face the Islanders since Doug Weight injured Brandon Sutter of the Carolina Hurricanes with an open ice hit at Nassau Coliseum. I wouldn't suggest that...
Weekes gets the call tonight for New Jersey Devils
Kevin Weekes will be in the net Friday when the Devils take on the New York Islanders at Prudential Center, Devils coach Brent Sutter said after today's morning skate. Weekes has not played since being pulled after two periods against the Rangers Nov. 12 and Scott Clemmensen started the next three...
Live from the (optional) New Jersey Devils morning skate
Seven players are on the ice at today's optional morning skate for the Devils -- including both goaltenders, Kevin Weekes and Scott Clemmensen. Weekes had come on to the ice first, and it appeared then that meant Clemmensen, who played in Thursday's 3-1 win over Florida, would be playing again...
Taking a second look at the Devils' 3-1 victory over the Panthers
Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere expounds on a number of topics the morning after Scott Clemmensen put in another strong effort in goal for the Devils and Patrik Elias' offensive breakthrough continued: 1. Solid defense, strong goaltending, balanced offense: We know it's the Devils' first...
Game 18: New Jersey Devils 3, Florida Panthers 1
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerJohn Madden leaps to screen Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun on Paul Martin's third period goal Thursday night. Box Score Newspaper stories: Clemmensen solid again as Devils beat Panthers, 3-1 Notebook: Gionta line humming for Devils Devils' Sutter, Panthers' DeBoer took...
You Make the Call: What's better, scoring goals or stopping them?
Talk about getting what you wish for: The Devils may have found their new No. 1 goalie Thursday night with another solid effort by Scott Clemensen in a 3-1 victory over Florida. And they may also have found a second scorer as Patrik Elias got his third goal in four games and eighth of the...
Clemmensen is impressing Devils teammates, coach
He may not get the start Friday night against the Islanders, but Scott Clemmensen is making the Devils feel better about staying in the playoff hunt until Martin Brodeur returns in March. "What I like about him is he's very under control," coach Brent Sutter said. "He's very poised. He...
Clemmensen solid again as Devils beat Panthers, 3-1
All Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen ever wanted was a chance, something he was never going to get as Martin Brodeur's backup. But with Brodeur sidelined until March following surgery on his left biceps, Clemmensen is seizing a rare opportunity. He stopped 23 shots to post his second straight...
Clemmensen not worrying about becoming Devils' No. 1 goalie
NOTEBOOK Scott Clemmensen, who made his third straight start in goal for the Devils in Thursday night's 3-1 victory over Florida, was asked if he thought there was an opportunity now to become the club's No. 1 goalie. "I really don't know, and I'm not going to worry about that right now," he...
Elias scores 4th goal in three games as Devils take lead
Patrik Elias continued his scoring when he gave the Devils a 1-0 lead over the Florida Panthers Thursday night at the Prudential Center. Dainius Zubrus, who took the faceoff in the offensive zone, fed Brian Gionta in the right corner. Gionta held the puck before sending Elias in alone to the...
Former Devils winger Claude Lemieux, 43, playing in China
I don't believe there was anything serious about rumors that the Devils were interetsed in signing Claude Lemieux, even though the guy is a winner at any age. He's 43. Hoping to come back and play in the NHL, Lemieux worked his way back into shape and signed with the China Sharks, who play in...
Devils' power play falters in scoreless first period with Panthers
The Devils' power play went 0-for-2 in the first period Thursday night, even coughing up the puck to give the Florida Panthers a scoring chance. With 2:28 left in the period, Johnny Oduya gave the puck away in the offensive zone and it took a glove save by Scott Clemmensen to rob Brett McLean at...
Devils-Panthers: 3 things to watch
The Devils try to make it two in a row when they face the Florida Panthers Thursday night. Three things to watch: 1. Patrik Elias. He's scoring again, but he needs to keep it going. 2. Brent Sutter vs. Pete DeBoers. The two former junior hockey coaches are good friends and coached Team Canada...
Devils' Sutter, Panthers' DeBoer took same path to NHL
Kirby Lee/US PresswirePete DeBoer, above, was Devils coach Brent Sutter's assistant on Canada's 2005 gold medal-winning junior team. Two years ago Brent Sutter and Pete DeBoer were junior hockey coaches in Canada, high on the lists of several general managers who were eager to give them a shot in...
November 20, 2008
Do you want Clemmensen or Weekes as the Devils' starting goaltender?
And no, you can't say Martin BrodeurTony Kurdzuk/Andrew Mills - The Star-LedgerScott Clemmensen and Kevin Weekes may be competing for a starting role.Rich Chere reported that Scott Clemmensen would start tonight for the Devils, but do you think it's the right move?Clemmensen will make his third...
Clemmensen will start for Devils vs. Panthers
It comes as no surprise, but Scott Clemmensen will start in goal for the Devils Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. Coach Brent Sutter confirmed it after the morning skate. "I just felt after the last two games he should play tonight," Sutter said. "I just think it's the right thing...
Devils send Letourneau-Leblond to Lowell
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, the fighting winger who was sidelined by a crack near his orbital bone, has been returned to the Devils' minor league club in Lowell, Mass. In three games with the Devils, Letourneau-Leblond, 23, had no goals and one assist with 15 penalty minutes. He was plus-1. ...
New Jersey Devils' Elias still leading despite loss of captaincy
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger'Patrik Elias is still smiling for the Devils despite losing his captaincy to Jamie Langenbrunner. There is a letter "C" hidden in one of Devils equipment manager Rich Matthews' cabinets just waiting to be sewn onto the front of Zach Parise's jersey. It won't...
Devils' annual food drive is Thursday night
Don't forget. The Devils will hold their annual Food Drive Thursday night when they host the Florida Panthers, at the Prudential Center at 7 p.m. This year's food collection will again benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. All fans attending the game are asked to bring unopened cans or...
Time between games helped Martin and Devils
They had Sunday off. They didn't practice on Monday until 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday the Devils had regular practices, making it four straight days without a game. Defenseman Paul Martin, who returned to the lineup in the home-and-home series with the Capitals after missing five games with...
November 19, 2008
Clemmensen likely to get third straight start in goal for Devils
Devils coach Brent Sutter isn't saying who his goalie will be Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. I'm guessing it will be Scott Clemmensen, for two reasons. First, Sutter said last Friday night there was no reason not to come back with Clemmensen on Saturday. There is certainly no...
Should the New Jersey Devils have a third jersey?
Jersey is one of only two teams without a thirdTony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerIn 1992 the Devils introduced their current jersey, but old school fans may remember the Christmas Tree jersey that started it all.With teams throughout the NHL revealing their third jerseys this season, how come the Devils...
Devils coach Sutter: One win nothing to celebrate
Brian Rolston is still not ready to join his Devils teammates on the ice, but there is an upbeat mood to the team's practice Wednesday morning. That's what Saturday night's shootour victory over the Washington Capitals accomplished. But... "We've won one in our last five," coach Brent...
Sutter antsy to see Salmela produce for New Jersey Devils
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerRookie Anssi Salmela has been getting time on the Devils' first power-play unit, and coach Brent Sutter has been pleased with the result. Near the end of practice Tuesday at the Prudential Center, the Devils tried their hand at breakaways. When it was Anssi...
November 18, 2008
Devils defenseman Brookbank says the switch to forward isn't rocket science
Sheldon Brookbank is grateful for the chance to play, no matter where that might be. But the Devils defenseman chuckled when I suggested he played well at right wing Saturday night. "I don't really think it's rocket science the role they want me in on the wing," Brookbank said. "I just think...
Tallackson practicing with Devils
Barry Tallackson joined the Devils for practice Tuesday morning. The right winger underwent surgery Sept. 26 to repair an irregular heartbeat.
Good news for Devils: Rolston skating again
Brian Rolston, sidelined since spraining his right ankle Oct. 16 in Atlanta, skated Monday morning at the Prudential Center before the rest of the team practiced. There is no word on whether Rolston is moving closer to rejoining the team for practice or how his ankle is feeling.
November 17, 2008
Devils rookie defenseman Salmela a thrill a minute for Sutter
I asked Devils coach Brent Sutter what he thinks about Finnish defenseman Anssi Salmela and he started to laugh before answering. "Sammy is quite a guy," Sutter told me. "In more ways than one. He's certainly very intriguing He's got that skill level to his game you like to see. He's good on the...
Holik could've lost finger to infection
Bobby Holik said Monday he feels fortunate he didn't lose his right pinke to an infection. "They said if it was any worse I could've lost a finger," Holik said. "It was an open wound. Infection was a problem." Holik said he saw the bone sticking through the skin and it was bleeding after he...
Devils still missing injured players in afternoon practice
A day and a half off didn't help the Devils get any of their injured players back for Monday's practice session at the Prudential Center. Brian Rolston (ankle sprain), Bobby Holik (broken right pinkie), Andy Greene (broken right hand), Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and, of course, Martin Brodeur...
Devils' Clemmensen fighting to show he belongs in NHL
Andrew Mills/The Star-LedgerScott Clemmensen started this season as minor-league Lowell's No. 1 goalie. Make no mistake, this is not a personal battle taking place between Scott Clemmensen and Kevin Weekes for the designation as the Devils' No. 1 goalie while Martin Brodeur recovers from...
November 16, 2008
Devils get a day off
After a shootout victory over the Washington Capitals Saturday night, the Devils were rewarded by coach Brent Sutter with some time off. They got Sunday off and don't practice again until 3 p.m. Monday. "I'm tired right now," goalie Scott Clemmensen said Saturday night. "I'm looking forward...
Devils get mental, physical break after emotional victory over Caps
Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere checks in with his thoughts on the banged-up, exhausted team that pulled out an exciting 6-5 shootout victory over Washington Saturday night. They earned a day off, and won't play again until Thursday. 1. What makes the Devils think that a shootout win...
Game 17: New Jersey Devils 6, Washington Capitals 5 (SO)
Box Score Newspaper Stories Clemmensen prevails in Devils' 6-5 shootout victory over Washington Notebook: Clemmensen's mask takes beating from Ovechkin again Zajac and Parise working well together Online Extras Devils call their shootout victory over Washington "huge" Parise credited with...
Clemmensen's mask takes beating from Ovechkin in Devils' 6-5 victory over Capitals
Al Bello/Getty ImagesScott Clemmensen stopped Alex Ovechkin in the shootout of the Devils' 6-5 victory. NOTEBOOK Scott Clemmensen was joking, but the Devils' goalie would like to send Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin a bill for a new mask. It was Ovechkin who dented Clemmensen's mask with a shot...
Devils call their shootout victory 'huge'
It wasn't a typical Devils victory... in good times or bad. But the Devils' 6-5 shootout win over the Capitals Saturday night lifted some pressure off the team. "I think it's a huge win for us," captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. "Obviously we have five days now until we play again. That...
Devils pull out 6-5 victory over Washington in shootout
Scott Lituchy/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias moves in and scores on Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore in the second period. Less than one second away from ending their four-game losing streak, the Devils needed a shootout to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals Saturday night before a...
Langenbrunner goal evens score for Devils, 2-2
Jamie Langenbrunner's goal 41 seconds into the second period erased a 2-1 Devils deficit. Zach Parise's pass gave Langenbrunner a shot from above the right circle and it beat Jose Theodore inside the right post. The Devils captain's momentum left him in a sitting position on the ice and he...
Zajac and Parise working well together for Devils
Gene J. Puskar/Associated PressZach Parise and Travis Zajac have had reason to celebrate this season. At this point, they come as a set. But Devils center Travis Zajac won't take any credit for left winger Zach Parise's early-season success. "No. Maybe just passing pucks in the morning during...
Clarkson scores early goal as Devils and Capitals are tied, 1-1
It took just over a minute for the Devils to score a goal against the Capitals Saturday night at the Rock. Defenseman Johnny Oduya kept the puck in deep and John Madden centered a pass from behind the net to David Clarkson in the slot below the hash marks. It was Clarkson's fourth goal. ...
Brookbank may play forward Saturday night vs. Capitals
In an effort to change his lineup even slightly, Devils coach Brent Sutter said Saturday that defenseman Sheldon Brookbank might play forwrad in the second of back-to-back games with the Washington Capitals. Brookbank was set to take the pregame warmup and Sutter's decision will be made...

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