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January 31, 2009
Langenbrunner's back-to-back OT goals a first for Devils
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Jamie Langenbrunner became the first player in Devils' history to score overtime goals on consecutive nights or in consecutive games.
With an eight-game winning streak in progress, Devils take a day off
They've played back-to-back overtime games and three games in four nights, so the Devils have been given Saturday off. They will be back on the ice Sunday morning, even though they do not play again until Tuesday night at home against the Washington Capitals. I've got some stories and blog...
New Jersey Devils: The morning after
The Devils can't be stopped right now, posting back-to-back 4-3 overtime wins Thursday and Friday against Boston and Pittsburgh. Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere takes a look at the hottest team in the league. Q: Seriously, what's going on with Jamie Langenbrunner? Six goals in three game?...
Game 49: Devis 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Boxscore Newspaper stories Game story: Red-hot Langenbrunner wins it again for Devils Notebook: Key to winning is experience Feature: Shanahan plays back-to-back games Blog posts Devils honor Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Emrick Langenbrunner has teammates following his lead Devils figured...
The key to the New Jersey Devils' winning? Their experience
Al Bello/Getty ImagesDefenseman Johnny Oduya blocked seven shots Thursday against Boston. The team record is nine. NOTEBOOK What is it that has made this Devils team so resilient? It's in the silverware. Brendan Shanahan says the Devils believe they can come back from any deficit because of...
Devils had a hunch Shanahan would be a good pickup
He didn't cost them much, but Brendan Shanahan is paying big dividends in a hurry. The Devils signed the veteran winger to a one-year contract and he has now scored three goals in his first five games. Two of them have come on the power play and the Devils are 5-0 with Shanahan in the lineup. ...
Devils beat Penguins in OT: The slideshow
Langenbrunner has Devils' teammates following his lead
His stats are incredible. Jamie Langenbrunner has scored six goals in the last three games, including the game-winners in each of those games and two in overtime. Butthe impact he has made on his Devils' teammates goes beyond numbers. "We look for that guy," goalie Scott Clemmensen said. "His...
Devils tie it in final minute, win in overtime against the Penguins
Tomasso DeRosa/US PresswireBrian Gionta is challenged by Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang in Friday's game at The Rock. Not even a two-goal deficit with less than 12 minutes to play could stop Jamie Langenbrunner or the streaking Devils. Langenbrunner capped a stunning comeback by scoring four...
Malkin shaken up in third period against Devils
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was shaken up 1:29 into the third period against the Devils when he collided with defenseman Mike Mottau along the end boards. Malkin fell to the ice in obvious pain before going to the bench. Penguins' goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a big glove save on Bobby...
Devils still trail Pens, 2-1, in second
Goalie Scott Clemmensen was able to keep the Devisl within a goal with several big stops in the second period. Clemmensen made a save on Pascal Dupuis 13 seconds into the period and then robbed Maxime Talbot on a shot from the left circle at 2:40. In between, Zach Parise was unable to...
Brendan Shanahan says he's sore - but that's a good thing
Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerBrendan Shanahan played his fifth game Friday since rejoining the Devils, but it was the first time he has played on back-to-back nights. One week past his 40th birthday, Devils winger Brendan Shanahan admits he feels the aches and pains more than the younger players in...
Penguins take 2-0 lead over Devils in first period
Brian Gionta had the Devils' best scoring chance in the first period when he held the puck and cut across the front of the net at 3:05. However, the right winger's shot hit Penguins' defenseman Brooks Orpik in front of the open net. Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Zach Parise's...
New Jersey Devils honor Hall of Fame broadacster Mike Emrick
The Devils began their tribute to Mike "Doc" Emrick Friday night with video messages from Lou Lamoriello and partner Chico Resch. Fellow broadacster Steve Cangialosi offered his own tribute. Emrick's wife, Joyce, along with his stepmother, brother and nephew, took part in the on-ice...
Clemmensen will make back-to-back starts as Devils host Penguins
Scott Clemmensen will be back in goal Friday night when the Devils host the Penguins at the Prudential Center. Coach Brent Sutter said there will be no lineup changes, which means the scratches will be Sheldon Brookbank, Jay Leach and Jay Pandolfo. By the way, Johnny Oduya's seven blocked...
Devils-Penguins: 3 things to watch
The Devils host the Pittsburgh Penguins after a big victory in Boston Thursday night. Here are three things to watch: 1. The potential for a letdown. Their heavy January travel schedule is over and they beat the division-leading Bruins in overtime. The Devils must guard against a letdown. "I...
January 30, 2009
Devils steaming ahead on seven-game winning streak after victory over Bruins
The Devils went into the game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night with the chance to show the Eastern Conference powerhouse they can play at its level. The result? A 4-3 overtime victory in which the Devils showed character and fight while bouncing back from blowing a two-goal lead...
Game 48: New Jersey Devils 4, Boston Bruins 3 in OT
Box score Newspaper stories Devils beat Bruins in overtime, 4-3, on Langenbrunner goal Late notebook: High-flying Devils ready for Pittsburgh Early notebook: Pandolfo knows he's 'odd man out' in Devils' plans Shanahan perfects shot through practice Blog posts Devils didn't agree with...
High-flying New Jersey Devils ready to face Pittsburgh Penguins
NOTEBOOK BOSTON -- After a satisfying come-from-behind victory over the Bruins, the Devils now face the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night at the Prudential Center. "They gave New York a pretty good whipping," captain Jamie Langenbrunner said of the Pens. "They seem to have righted their ship...
Devils didn't agree with interference penalty called against Rupp
It came at a critical time in the game. Devils' winger Mike Rupp was sent off for interference at 11:29 of the third period with the game tied, 2-2. Although the Devils killed off the Bruins power play (their penalty-killers were 4-for-4), coach Brent Sutter wasn't sure about the call. "I...
Devils' OT victory over Bruins had a little of everything
There was more to the Devils' overtime victory over the Bruins than two goals from Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise's 29th. This was a game in which the drama never stopped. Some of the highlights: * Devils' defenseman Bryce Salvador and Bruins' winger Shawn Thornton fought in the first...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 4, Boston Bruins 3, OT
You Make the Call: Best win of the season?
The Devils blow a two-goal lead in the third, fall behind - then tie the game late and win in OT. All on the road against the Boston Bruins, the best team in the East. Is the Devils' 4-3 win over the Bruins their most impressive of the season?
New Jersey Devils beat Boston Bruins, 4-3, in overtime on Jamie Langenbrunner goal
Extend winning streak to season-high seven gamesCharles Krupa/Associated PressBruins goalie Tim Thomas makes the save as the Devils' John Madden hovers during the second period. BOSTON -- Maybe the Devils are as good as they believe they are. After blowing a 2-0 lead in the third period, they...
Jay Pandolfo knows he's 'odd man out' in New Jersey Devils' plans
NOTEBOOK BOSTON -- He may be a local favorite going back to his days at Boston University, but Devils' left winger Jay Pandolfo said he did not expect to be put back in the lineup for Thursday night's game at the TD Banknorth Garden. "I didn't play the last three games, too," Pandolfo said...
New Jersey Devils' Brendan Shanahan perfects shot through practice
Ed Mulholland/US PresswireBrendan Shanahan says watching Brett Hull shoot the puck while both were teammates in St. Louis helped him develop his own shot. BOSTON -- You don't score 652 goals in the NHL without an abundance of talent, but Devils winger Brendan Shanahan insists he wasn't born with a...
Devils lead Bruins, 2-0, in third period
Travis Zajac almost put the game away for the Devils 1:16 into the third period but hsi shot hit the left post.
Devils pressure Bruins' Thomas early in second period
The Devils came out flying in the second period. Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas made a pad save on Jamie Langenbrunner's shot from the right circle at 1:01. Then, at 1:13, Zach Parise's sharp-angle shot from the right side went through the crease behind Thomas. I spoke to former Devils' center Bobby...
Salvador and Thornton fight in opening period; Devils and Bruins scoreless
Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador and Bruins' winger Shawn Thornton fought in the first period after a hard collision in the corner. Salvador came out and threw his gloves off first, landing the first few punches in the bout at 3:03. Scott Clemmensen, playing in the town where he starred for...
Devils-Bruins: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Bruins meet for the second time this season. Boston won the Dec. 23 game in New Jersey, 2-0. Here are three things to watch in the rematch: 1. How do the Devils match up against the conference-leading Bruins? Claude Julien's club gets Phil Kessel back from mononucleoisis after...
January 29, 2009
Devils' Shanahan admits he deserved 4 minutes for high-sticking Alfredsson in Ottawa
The Devils were protecting a 3-1 lead in Ottawa Tuesday night when Brendan Shanahan was issued a double minor penalty for high-sticking Senators' captain Daniel Alfredsson. Coming at 5:42 of the third period, the 4:00 penalty could've turned the game around. And, at first, Shanahan thought it...
Devils' Pandolfo expected no favors in Boston
He may be a Boston favorite going back to his days at Boston University, but Devils' left winger Jay Pandolfo said he did not expect to be put back in the lineup for Thursday night's game at the TD Banknorth Garden. "I didn't play the last three games, too," Pandolfo said after the team's...
Devils have optional morning skate in Boston; Clemmensen will face Bruins
Coach Brent Sutter is at the TD Banknorth Garden and will speak with reporters after the Devils have an optional morning skate. Taking part in the skate are Bobby Holik, Brendan Shanahan, Jay Leach, Sheldon Brookbank, Mike Rupp, Jay Pandolfo and Kevin Weekes. Scott Clemmensen will start in...
Will Martin Brodeur have to earn his starts for Devils?
Clemmensen's success may mean Marty has to sitAndrew Mills/The Star-LedgerGiven the season's surprise success of New Jersey Devils' goaltender Scott Clemmensen, Martin Brodeur's role may be unclear when he returns from the biceps injury he suffered earlier this season.The Star-Ledger's Colin...
Devils beat the storm to Boston
Flying out of Ottawa after their victory over the Senators Tuesday night, the Devils apparently beat the storm to Boston. The same was not true for the team's broadcasters or the beat writers following the club. Everyone took different routes. My own resulted in a 16-hour trip I'd like never to...
Healthy scratch ruins Boston homecoming for New Jersey Devils' Jay Pandolfo
John Munson/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias says it's been hard for the Devils to see and talk about the manner in which Jay Pandolfo, above, has fallen out of favor since the arrival of Brendan Shanahan. BOSTON -- It has been painful enough for veteran left winger Jay Pandolfo to come to terms with...
January 28, 2009
Boston native Pandolfo returns home as forgotten Devil
I feel sorry for Boston native Jay Pandolfo, who won't play in Thursday night's game against the Bruins on his home turf. Barring an injury, he'll be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game. But right now I'm trying to get to the game myself. Bad weather in the east has made it a very...
Hockey fight: Devils' David Clarkson vs. Senators' Chris Neil
Two brawlers exchanged blows for over a minuteYouTube ScreenshotLast night's 4-1 New Jersey Devils win over the Ottawa Senators featured a fight between David Clarkson and Ottawa's Chris Neil that seemed to go on longer than most hockey fights.The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere got Clarkson's two cents...
Victory over Ottawa boosts Devils as they prepare for Eastern Conference showdown with Boston
The Devils came back off the All-Star break with a bang, knocking off the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, on the strength of Jamie Langenbrunner's two goals and Scott Clemmensen's 20th win of the season. With a game against the dominant Boston Bruins looming Thursday night, Star-Ledger Devils beat writer...
Game 47: New Jersey Devils 4, Ottawa Senators 1
Box score Newspaper stories Langenbrunner scores two as Devils beat Senators, 4-1, for Clemmensen's 20th victory Notebook: Lowly Senators not conceding anything Parise thrilled by All-Star Game experience Former New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns battling cancer for third time Blog...
Devils' Clemmensen doesn't plan to stop at 20 wins
Scott Clemmensen refuses to be satisfied with 20 wins. Although it is an impressive number for a goalie who never won more than three games in one NHL season prior to filling in for the injured Martin Brodeur, Clemmensen said it's only the beginning. "There is a long way to go," he said...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 4, Ottawa Senators 1
Shanahan hasn't seen Devils lose since he signed with team
Brendan Shanahan has only played in half of the Devils' six straight victories, but I pointed out to the veteran winger Tuesday night that the team hasn't lost a game since he committed to join them on Jan. 13. "I was about 3,000 miles away for at least their first two wins before I joined them...
Former New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns battling cancer for third time
Al Bello/Getty ImagesPat Burns, who scouts for the Devils now, says he is not planning to seek treatment for cancer this time. TAMPA, Fla. -- Pat Burns was scouting a hockey game Tuesday night, which means it was another good day for the former NHL coach. The 56-year old Burns recently confirmed...
You Make the Call: Can the Devils hang with the Bruins?
Six straight wins are nice, the latest coming Tuesday night in the Devils' 4-1 victory in Ottawa. But will the real measure of this team come Thursday, when it faces the East's best team in the Boston Bruins? Remember, the last time they played, the Bruins shut the Devils out. Let us know what...
New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4-1
Fred Chartrand/Associated PressPatrik Elias celebrates his goal with teammates Brian Gionta, center, and Dainius Zubrus as Senators goalie Brian Elliot stands in front of the goal during the first period. OTTAWA -- The All-Star break hasn't slowed down goalie Scott Clemmensen or the...
Langenbrunner's second goal of game gives Devils 3-1 lead over Senators in third
Jamie Langenbrunner scored his second goal of the game and 10th of the season 19 seconds into the third period as the Devils took a 3-1 lead over the Senators. Langenbrunner carried the puck in for a shot and Zach Parise made an All-Star caliber play when he backhanded the rebound out to...
Senators' power play goal ties Devils, 1-1, in second period
The Senators put plenty of pressure on Devils' goalie Scott Clemmensen in the second period. Clemmensen made a glove save on Brendan Bell's shot at 6:41. Then, at 8:05, Filip Kuba's shot from the right point was deflected wide of the net. The Devils were shorthanded at 10:27 when John Madden...
With New Jersey Devils in town, lowly Ottawa Senators say they'll keep competing
Fred Chartrand/Associated PressThe sight of an opponent celebrating a goal has become all too familiar to the Ottawa Senators this season. OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators, 13th in the Eastern Conference and 12 points out of a playoff spot, won't tear the team apart to set themselves up for a high...
New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise thrilled by All-Star Game experience
Richard Wolowicz/Getty ImagesZach Parise, left, had a great time with Eastern Conference teammate Alex Ovechkin at the All-Star Game. OTTAWA -- It didn't take long before Zach Parise started hearing the jokes. Devils coach Brent Sutter was one of the first to rib Parise after he rejoined the team...
Elias goal gives Devils 1-0 lead over Senators in first
The Devils had the first good scoring chance at 2:01 of the first period when Mike Rupp threw the puck on net. Senators' goalie Brian Elliott covered up before Bobby Holik was able to poke the rebound in. Jay Pandolfo, Sheldon Brookbank and Jay Leach are the Devils' scratches. Former Devils'...
Devils-Senators: 3 things to watch
The Devils return from the All-Star break to face the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place. Here are three things to watch: 1. First game after the break. The Devils went into the All-Star break in high gear. Will the layoff hurt them or will they jump on a team that will probably...
January 27, 2009
Devils' Sutter ready for stretch run
Now the serious part of the season begins. Devils' coach Brent Sutter acknowledged after Tuesday's morning skate that the intensity level now rises after the All-Star break. He is pleased with the way his players returned from the break. "We had a good push before the break and now we have to...
Back from All-Star Game, Parise hears the jokes from Devils' teammates
It didn't take long before Zach Parise started hearing the jokes. Devils' coach Brent Sutter was one of the first after Parise rejoined the team in Ottawa after the All-Star Game in Montreal. "I mentioned to Zach this morning if they had to make his helmet bigger," Sutter said. "He thought it...
Parise rejoins Devils for morning skate
All-Star winger Zach Parise rejoined the Devils in Ottawa and is taking part in the team's morning skate at Scotiabank Place. Prior to the skate, Patrik Elias, Bobby Holik, Jay Leach and David Clarkson took part in a spirited game of soccer outside the dressing rooms. Elias and Holik are...
Zach Parise will hear it from his Devils teammates about missing practice
Nick Laham/Getty ImagesZach Parise was the Devils' representative in the All-Star game -- and he has the jersey to prove it. Zach Parise wasn't at the 3 p.m. practice because the Devils didn't see the point in having him travel from Montreal, where he played in the All-Star game Sunday night, to...
Devils practice - without All-Star Zach Parise
Rich was unable to attend practice today as he was on his way to Ottawa for tomorrow's game. There aren't a lot of flight options to Ottawa from here and because the team practiced late in the afternoon, he could not cover practice and make his flight, so I filled in. Not much to report: Everyone...
January 25, 2009
New Jersey Devils at the All-Star break
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesTravis Zajac is on fire as the Devils head into the break -- he has four goals in his last five games and plays a huge role in the success of All-Star Zach Parise. The element of surprise is not usually part of the Devils' arsenal. At the start of every season, the rest...
January 22, 2009
One Devils All-Star? Ridiculous
Zach Parise will be the lone Devils' representative at Sunday's All-Star Game in Montreal. It doesn't seem right. Patrik Elias deserves to go and, if stats count for anything, goalie Scott Clemmensen should be going. Clemmensen is 19-9-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .922 save...
Good wishes for former Devils coach Pat Burns
News that Burns is battling cancer jolts Devils The news that Pat Burns is now fighting lung cancer was jolting. I spoke to Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello Thursday morning and he acknowledged that Burns faces a difficult battle. "He's doing okay, he really is," Lamoriello said. "His spirits are great...
New Jersey Devils: The morning after
The Devils have arrived at the All-Star break in first place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Rangers, who raced out to the early lead thanks to a soft early schedule. Six wins in the last seven games have carried them to that spot, and staff writer Colin Stephenson answers some...
New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur skates some, still on track for return
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressThe Devils' Brian Rolston is presented with a jersey in honor of his 1,000th NHL game on Jan. 10, before the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 Wednesday night. Martin Brodeur skated Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 1, when he suffered a torn tendon in his...
Photos: New Jersey Devils top Canadiens
New Jersey Devils enter the break first in division, top Canadiens, 5-2
Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Travis Zajac celebrates his 2nd period goal along with Jamie Langenbrunner as Montreal Canadiens' goalie Carey Price looks on Wednesday night at Prudential Center. Devils fans, fiercely loyal and delighting in the results their team has been compiling of...
You make the call: All-Star snubs
The Devils are in first in their division - and are the hottest team in hockey. So is it fair that they have only one All-Star, Zach Parise. Who would you add to the team: Elias, Langenbrunner, Martin, Salvador ... Clemmensen? You tell us.
Former New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns stricken with cancer for 3rd time
NOTEBOOK Former Devils coach Pat Burns told Montreal's La Presse newspaper that he has lung cancer. It is his third bout with cancer. According to the story, Burns, who coached the Devils to their 2003 Stanley Cup title, found out about this latest cancer late last month.Burns, 56, was...
Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello says Martin Brodeur skated for the first time since his surgery
Martin Brodeur met with the surgeon who repaired his torn biceps tendon and got the okay to skate on Wednesday, according to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello. Brodeur then skated for a brief period, Lamoriello said. "I would not rush that by saying he's 'skating,''' Lamoriello said. "It's...
New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen ready for a rest
Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Devils' goalie Scott Clemmensen blocks a shot taken by Alexei Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night at Prudential Center. Scott Clemmensen isn't going to the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday. And he isn't going on vacation, either. No, with four...
New Jersey Devils-Montreal Canadiens: As they play
The Devils play the final game before the All-Star Break against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Prudential Center. The Devils have won four of their last five, as have the Canadiens. Current score: Devils 1, Canadiens 0 6:11 remaining, first period: Scott Clemmensen just made a nice...
Ex-New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns has cancer again
Former Devils coach Pat Burns told Montreal's La Presse newspaper that he has lung cancer. It is his third bout with cancer. According to the story, Burns, who coached the Devils to their 2003 Stanley Cup title, found out about this latest cancer late last month. Burns, 56, was first diagnosed...
January 21, 2009
New Jersey Devils: No lineup changes Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens
Brent Sutter said he is going with the same lineup for tonight's game that he used Monday in Nashville, which means Jay Pandolfo will once again be a healthy scratch in favor of Brendan Shanahan and it also means that Scott Clemmensen will start in goal again for the final game before the All-Star...
New Jersey Devils' Brendan Shanahan fits right in -- players wonder if deal for defenseman is coming
Frederick Breedon/Associated PressBrendan Shanahan scored a power-play goal on this move against Nashville Monday. Brendan Shanahan is a hit after just one game with the Devils. The veteran forward did everything he could over the past six days to ingratiate himself with his new teammates...
January 20, 2009
Is Brendan Shanahan the spark the New Jersey Devils needed? Fans respond
This was a big-time pick-up and he had a big-time impact in his first gameAP PhotoBrendan Shanahan celebrates scoring a goal in his first game since the Devils acquired him. What a night for the Devils and their newest acquisition, Brendan Shanahan - kind of an unusual midseason pick-up for the...
Devils resting for final game before All-Star break
After a 5-1 road trip which left a smile on the face of coach Brent Sutter, the Devils will take Tuesday off before hosting the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. It will be their final game before the NHL All-Star break. There is, of course, the concern that the...
Game 47: New Jersey Devils 3, Nashville Predators 1
Box score Newspaper stories Shanahan scores in season debut as Devils beat Predators, 3-1 Late notebook: White okay after taking puck in mouth Early notebook: Pandolfo sits as Shanahan makes debut Predators captain Jason Arnott learned a lot from former Devil Scott Stevens Blog...
Shanahan was a safe bet for Devils
If the Devils planned to go easy on Brendan Shanahan in his first game, it didn't turn out that way. Shanahan played 18 shifts totaling 13:59 against the Nashville Predators Monday night. That was only 45 seconds less ice time than Devils' captain Jamie Langenbrunner. "I've said this from the...
A road trip to savor for the Devils
Defenseman Bryce Salvador said it best. If the Devils had been offered a 5-1 record guaranteed at the start of the longest road trip of their season, they would've unpacked their suitcases, stayed home and accepted it. "A lot of the credit is being composed and sticking to our game the whole...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 3, Nashville Predators 1
Devils' White is OK after taking puck in mouth
Colin White was sporting a large cut on the right side of his mouth after taking a deflected shot in the face. Amazingly, the veteran defenseman returned to play two shifts late in the Devils' 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators Monday night. "It's just cut. It wouldn't have felt good if I...
Brendan Shanahan scores goal in debut as New Jersey Devils beat Nashville Predators, 3-1
Frederick Breedon/Associated PressBrendan Shanahan's first goal for the Devils since March 31, 1991, came in the second period. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- You had to figure it would take Brendan Shanahan a half-dozen games to get into the swing of things for the Devils. Maybe even longer after an...
Devils' White hit in mouth by deflected shot in third period
Devils' defenseman Colin White went to the dressing room at 6:06 of the third period when he was hit in the mouth by deflected shot. Vernon Fiddler's shot during a Nashville power play deflected off White's stick and into his own face. The Devils managed to kill off the Nashville power play...
Shanahan power-play goal helps Devils take 2-0 lead over Predators in second period
Brendan Shanahan didn't waste any time scoring a power-play goal for the Devils. It came at 1:38 of the second period when after the Devils were given a two-man power play advantage following penalties to David Legwand and Dan Hamhuis. They had the 5-on-3 for 1:57. With 38 seconds remaining in...
Jay Pandolfo sits out in New Jersey Devils' visit to Nashville to make room for Brendan Shanahan
NOTEBOOK NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jay Pandolfo was clearly disappointed. He knew someone would being coming out of the lineup Monday night when Brendan Shanahan made his season debut, but that didn't make it any easier. "You never think about (something) like this. I don't really know what to say,"...
Shanahan makes Devils' season debut at right wing
Brendan Shanahan made his season debut for the Devils 2:44 into the game against the Predators. Despite indications during the morning skate, he skated at right wing and not the left side with Bobby Holik and Mike Rupp. Left winger Jay Pandolfo and defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Jay Leach were...
Devils-Predators: 3 things to watch
The Devils complete their longest road trip of the season (six games) Monday night in Nashville. Here are three things to watch: 1. Brendan Shanahan makes his season debut. Shanahan is in and Jay Pandolfo is out. It will be interesting to see what Shanahan has left, but certainly not fair to...
January 19, 2009
Predators' captain Arnott learned a lot from Devils' Stevens
At the time, it was only a place to live and ride to the rink in an unfamiliar new state. Looking back 11 years after he was traded to the Devils from the Edmonton Oilers, Jason Arnott now knows the two or three months he lived with Scott Stevens prepared him to become captain of the Nashville...
Devils' Shanahan: I'm ready
The time has come for Brendan Shanahan to play a game for the Devils. He will make his season debut Monday night against the Nashville Predators. Shanahan said he will be a little nervous. "Sure. I'll definitely have some butterflies and nerves," he said. "I don't entirely know what to...
Pandolfo shaken as he comes out of Devils' lineup to make room for Shanahan
Someone had to come out of the Devils' lineup to make room for Brendan Shanahan. But when coach Brent Sutter told Jay Pandolfo he was the odd man out, it hit the veteran left winger hard. "I don't really know what to say," Pandolfo said after Monday's morning skate in Nashville. "I'm not happy."
Devils begin morning skate in Nashville; Pandolfo appears to be odd man out for Shanahan
The Devils have begin their morning skate in Nashville. Everyone, including Brendan Shanahan, are on the ice. Assistant coach John MacLean just got hit in the back of the head by a shot that caromed off the crossbar, but he appears to be OK. Shanahan is curremtly skating on a line with Bobby...
Brendan Shanahan to play for New Jersey Devils in Nashville -- who is coming out?
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerCould Jay Pandolfo, above, be the odd man out when Brendan Shanahan makes his Devils debut? Brendan Shanahan will be in the Devils' lineup Monday night when they finish their six-game road trip in Nashville against the Predators. Who will be out? That is the question...
January 18, 2009
New Jersey Devils: The morning after
The Devils were in tatters when they left on this six-game road trip. But they've won four of the first five games on the trip, with their 3-1 victory Saturday night on Long Island. Staff writer Colin Stephenson filled in for beat writer Rich Chere covering the game and takes a look at the state of...
Game 46: New Jersey Devils 3, New York Islanders 1
Box score Newspaper stories Devils beat Islanders, 3-1, are 4-1 on six-game road trip Notebook: Shanahan hopes to make Devils debut Monday in Nashville Clemmensen sees value in backup role Blog posts As They Played: A rundown of all the action you might have missed You Make the Call Have...
You Make the Call: Do you think the Devils have turned things around on this trip?
Before embarking on their current six-game road trip, the Devils had lost two in a row and been shut out, 4-0, by Atlanta. With the 3-1 victory over the Islanders Saturday night, they've now won four out of five on this trip. Long road trips can bring any group of people together. Has that...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 3, New York Islanders 1
New Jersey Devils beat New York Islanders, 3-1
Ed Betz/Associated PressThe Devils' Travis Zajac celebrates his goal as Islanders goalie Yann Danis watches and Bruno Gervais moves in during the first period. UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The longest road trip of the season for the Devils is turning out to be a tonic for their post-Christmas blues. Just...
New Jersey Devils' Brendan Shanahan hopes to play Monday in Nashville
NOTEBOOK UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Brendan Shanahan did not play Saturday night, but said he hopes to take the ice Monday when the Devils visit Nashville. "I really do believe the next step for me is probably playing on Monday night," Shanahan said after a morning skate in which he, spare defensemen...
New Jersey Devils' Scott Clemmensen sees value in backup role
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerScott Clemmensen, above, knows he'll return to the role of backup once Martin Brodeur returns in February or March. UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Scott Clemmensen was back in net for the Devils Saturday night after watching Kevin Weekes play in Friday night's 2-1 victory over the...
Devils vs. Islanders: As they play
The Devils are 3-1 in the first four games of their season-long six-game road trip and are about to take on the lowly Islanders, who are reeling after the loss of goaltender Wade Dubielewicz on waivers to Columbus. The Isles had signed Dubielewicz this week because of injuries to goaltenders Rick...
January 17, 2009
Brendan Shanahan won't play Saturday; Islanders lose goalie Wade Diubielewicz
Brendan Shanahan took part in the Devils' morning skate at the Nassau Coliseum along with goalies Kevin Weekes and Scott Clemmensen and extra defensemen Jay Leach and Sheldon Brookbank. Afterwards, Shanahan said he is ready for the next step in his comeback, but that won't come until Monday, when...
Game 44: New Jersey Devils 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Boxscore Newspaper stories Game story: Video replay confirms Madden's game-winner Notebook: Shanahan probably won't play Saturday Feature: Columbus goalie idolized Brodeur Blog entries Is Weekes the new No. 1 goalie? Madden scores a huge goal for himself and the team Devils praise Koharski...
New Jersey Devils: You make the call
Brendan Shanahan is ready to play, it seems, but the Devils have won three of four games on the current road trip as they enter a Saturday night matchup against the sorry Islanders. So is this the right time to add Shanahan to the lineup? Or might he just mess up the team's chemistry? What do you...
Is Weekes the Devils' new No. 1 goalie?
The speculation begins again. Kevin Weekes has been in goal for two of the three games the Devils have won so far on this road trip. Scott Clemmensen is 1-1. So who is the Devils' No. 1 goalie now? And will Weekes get the start at Nassau Coliseum Saturday night against the Islanders? "I...
Madden scores a huge goal for Devils and himself
John Madden says he doesn't feel he has to score goals. But you have to believe it was important to the veteran center to get the winning goal Friday night in Columbus. Not only has Madden only scored five goals this season. He is in the final year of his contract and has been mentioned in trade...
New Jersey Devils 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1: Photos
Devils praise Koharski for a one-man job well done
Imagine an NHL game with only one referee? Crazy, huh? Oh, yeah, they used to do it all the time before the current two-ref system. Well, Don Koharski was left to finish the game by himself when partner Brian Pochmara was helped off the ice at 7:56 of the first period. And the only...
Two goals in 1:13 give New Jersey Devils victory over Columbus
Jay LaPrete/Associated PressThe Devils' David Clarkson and Columbus' Kris Russell battle for a loose puck along the boards in the Devils' come-from-behind, 2-1 victory. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Blue Jackets' rookie goaltender Steve Mason was less than 10 minutes away from his league-leading seventh...
Down by a goal, Devils' Sutter shuffles lines
Coach Brent Sutter changed some of his lines in the third period against the Blue Jackets. Sutter put Jay Pandolfo and John Madden back together with David Clarkson at right wing. Bobby Holik centered with wingers Brian Rolston and Mike Rupp. Columbus goalie Steve Mason made a save on...
Brendan Shanahan unlikely to play for New Jersey Devils on Saturday
NOTEBOOK COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is a chance that Brendan Shanahan could make his Devils debut tonight against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, but the veteran forward might be cautious and wait until Monday night's game in Nashville. "Nothing is ruled out," an upbeat Shanahan said Friday...
Koharski still lone referee as Devils and Blue Jackets remain scoreless in second
Don Koharski is still the only referee on the ice as the Devils and Blue Jackets played the second period in a scoreless battle. Fellow ref Brian Pochmara was helped off the ice after crashing into the boards at 7:56 of the first period. Kevin Weekes made a timely save on R.J. Umberger 35...
Blue Jackets' goalie Steve Mason misses out on chance to face his idol, Martin Brodeur
Jay LaPrete/Associated PressColumbus rookie Steve Mason leads the NHL with six shutouts. He idolized the Devils' Martin Brodeur growing up. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- This has been a special season for Blue Jackets rookie goalie Steve Mason, but Friday figured to be one of the best moments of all. He...
Devils test Blue Jackets' rookie goalie Mason
Andy Greene got the first big chance on Blue Jackets' goalie Steve Mason with a slapper at 4:33. Mason made the glove stab. Devils' goalie Kevin Weekes made his first big stop on Jakub Voracek at 5:15 from the bottom of the right circle. Then, at 6:20, a Jason Williams shot went through the...
Devils-Blue Jackets: 3 things to watch
Three things to watch as the Devils face the Columbus Blue Jackets: 1. Is this the start of a Kevin Weekes run in net? He starts instead of Scott Clemmensen and is coming off a solid game in L.A. 2. No Rick Nash. The Blue Jackets captain skated Friday morning but wasn't ready to return from...
Devils' prospect Vrana will miss remainder of season
Petr Vrana, who suffered a broken leg in Wednesday night's AHL game against Providence, will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery Thursday. Devils Gm Lou Lamoriello said the surgery was successful but Vrana will not play again this season. "It was leg on leg. He had a...
January 16, 2009
Devils' Zajac and Brookbank: Alternate careers in curling?
With the Devils' longest road trip of the season (six games) already half over before Friday night's game in Columbus, we've heard a lot of talk about players bonding. To be honest, most of them roll their eyes when it is suggested being on the road brings them together as a team. However...
Shanahan's Devils debut possible for game Saturday on Long Island
If I had to guess right now, I'd say Brendan Shanahan will not play Saturday night against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum and wait to make his Devils debut Monday night in Nashville. However, after a very good practice Friday monring at Nationwide Arena... "Nothing is ruled out," an upbeat...
Devils' Brodeur was Columbus goalie's idol
This has been a special season for Blue Jackets' rookie goalie Steve Mason, but Friday night figured to be one of the best moments of all. He had hoped to play against Martin Brodeur. "Yeah, he was my idol growing up," Mason said Friday morning. "It would've been pretty cool playing against him...
Devils will have optional morning skate
Laptop problems have prevented me from posting more blog items, both Thursday night and Friday morning. My laptop has slowed to a crawl (I'm sure it has nothing to do with Brendan Shanahan's arrival). The Devils will have an optional morning skate Friday. The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the...
Brendan Shanahan will not play Friday for New Jersey Devils
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerBrendan Shanahan practiced with his new teammates Thursday, but will not play Friday. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The ink on his one-year, $800,000 contract was not yet dry when Brendan Shanahan was escorted by Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello on a flight to...
Shanahan will set an NHL record in first game for Devils
When Brendan Shanahan plays his first game for the Devils some time before the All-Star break, he will set a record for the longest gap between games with one NHL team. Shanahan's last regular-season game with New Jersey was Mar. 31, 1991, against the Islanders. That was 6499 days ago. His...
Langenbrunner: Shanahan signing sends a message to Devils' players
No doubt there are some Devils players worrying about their jobs now that Brendan Shanahan has joined the team. But captain Jamie Langenbrunner said the move to bring Shanahan is a statement from GM Lou Lamoriello. "It think it sends a message to the locker room that we're going to do...
January 15, 2009
Shanahan practices with Devils; won't play against Blue Jackets
Brendan Shanahan participated in his first practice with the Devils Thursday afternoon in Columbus, but he will not play in Friday night's game against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. "No, Shanny won't play tomorrow," coach Brent Sutter said. "We'll get him another real good skate tomorrow...
Shanahan signs and joins Devils in Columbus; surgery for Vrana
Brendan Shanahan has officially signed his contract with the Devils and has joined the team in Columbus. The Devils also announced the bad news that forward Petr Vrana broke his leg and will undergo surgery today.
New Jersey Devils owner still wants New Jersey Nets to play at Prudential Center
Mike Derer/Associated PressDevils owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek says in a letter to the Nets that he still wants to host Nets preseason games in the 2-year-old Newark arena. Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek fired back at his counterparts with the Nets Wednesday, telling the NBA team in a letter that he had...
New Jersey Devils' Bobby Holik is the all-time leader in games played by a Czech player
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressBobby Holik has now played more games than any other player born and raised in the Czech Republic. VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Just because Bobby Holik is a proud, flag-waving United States citizen doesn't mean he forgets his heritage. For the Devils' veteran...
January 14, 2009
Devils wait on Shanahan with a day in Vancouver
As the Devils await the arrival of Brendan Shanahan, perhaps as early as Thursday in Columbus, they will have a free day Wednesday in Vancouver. And it has finally stopped raining. Coach Brent Sutter gas given his players a day in British Columbia without any practice. The team doesn't leave for...
Devils regain control on longest road trip of season
Yes, blowing a 4-1 lead would've been a disaster and might have left the Devils feeling entirely different abou their longest road trip of the season. By holding on for a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place, the Devils are now 2-1 on the six-game trip and feeling better about...
Clemmensen felt the pressure, but held onto Devils' 5-3 win over Canucks
It should've been an easy 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night at GM Place, but nothing has come easily for Devils' goalie Scott Clemmensen of late. As the Canucks chipped away in the finals minutes to pull to within a goal, 4-3, Clemmensen tried to fight off negative thoughts...
Game 43: New Jersey Devils 5, Vancouver Canucks 3
Box score Newspaper stories Devils beat Canucks, 5-3, as Parise scores 25th Shanahan may join Devils in Columbus
New Jersey Devils beat Vancouver Canucks, 5-3, as Zach Parise scores 25th
Darryl Dyck/Associated PressZach Parise, right, celebrates with Travis Zajac after scoring in the first period. VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Finally, the Devils found a way to bring home something more than smoked salmon from Vancouver. Zach Parise scored his 25th goal during a three-goal...
Zajac goal in third gives Devils 4-1 lead over Canucks
The Devils entered the third period with a 3-1 lead before getting a big goal from Travis Zajac. Zajac carried the puck in and threw a cross-ice pass to Jamie Langenbrunner, who immediately tapped it back to the young center. Zajac fired a shot in from the left circle dot at 4:19. The goal...
Canucks cut Devils' lead to 3-1 in second period
Zach Parise, who scored his 25th goal in the opening period, took a high stick to the face from Vancouver's Shane O'Brien at 6:44 of the second. The power play ended 21 seconds early when Andy Greene tripped Alex Burrows at 8:23. The Canucks threatened but could not score with a man advantage...
Parise's 25th goal gives Devils early 2-0 lead over Canucks
The Devils, who were beaten by the Canucks, 5-0, in their last visit to GM Place a week before Christmas last season, haven't won in Vancouver since a 2-1 triumph on Mar. 15, 1999. Sheldon Brookbank and Jay Leach were again Devils scratches. Scott Clemmensen is in net again for the Devils and...
Devils-Canucks: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Canucks meet for the only time this season Tuesday night at GM Place. Here are three things to watch: 1. Are teams taking too many liberties with Zach Parise? In Los Angeles Parise was hit hard by Matt Greene. Mike Rupp later fought Greene to send the message that the Devils don't...
Sutter explains his on-ice talk to Devils during morning skate
Brent Sutter always gathers his players around for a few words at some point during morning skates, but the Devils' coach called everyone together on the GM Place ice Tuesday with a purpose. And his talk lasted much longer than usual. "It was more of an awareness thing," Sutter said. "We have...
Shanahan may join Devils in Columbus
All indications are that Brendan Shanahan may be joining the Devils in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, although he is not likely to be ready to play games this weekend. Coach Brent Sutter said Tuesday he would discuss Shanahan's timetable with general manager Lou Lamoriello. Shanahan, who agreed to...

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