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February 28, 2009
Brodeur will start in goal for New Jersey Devils against Flyers
Brent Sutter said after the Devils' 7-2 win over the Panthers that Martin Brodeur will start Sunday against the Flyers. It will be his third straight start and third game in four days. "Marty's fine. He's good to go tomorrow," Sutter said. "With as much work as he's had in the last two games...
Devils-Panthers: As they played
FIRST PERIOD: Martin Brodeur is back in goal for the Devils, his second game since missing 50 in a row. Mike Rupp and Jay Leach are healthy scratches for the Devils.
Devils-Panthers: 3 things to watch
The Devils begin a weekend of back-to-back games when they host the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center Saturday afternoon. Here are three things to watch: 1. Revenge. The Devils were shut out by Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers, 4-0, in Florida in Feb. 17. They are looking to set things...
Rolston will center line for New Jersey Devils in afternoon game with Panthers
Devils' coach Brent Sutter said Saturday morning that he would stay with the lines he used in Friday's practice when the team faces the Florida Panthers. That means Brian Rolston will center a line with Brendan Shanahan and David Clarkson on the wings while Dainius Zubrus returns to the line...
Rolston will center line for New Jersey Devils in afternoon game with Panthers
Devils' coach Brent Sutter said Saturday morning that he would stay with the lines he used in Friday's practice when the team faces the Florida Panthers. That means Brian Rolston will center a line with Brendan Shanahan and David Clarkson on the wings while Dainius Zubrus returns to the line...
February 27, 2009
Parise feels scoring 50 goals for Devils this season still possible
Zach Parise notched his 36th goal Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche and it was a beauty. But what about his chances of scoring 50 goals this season. He would become the first Devils player to do it. "I hope so. I don't like talking about it. We'll see," Parise told me. "I guess...
Devils' Brodeur after his emotional return: It's just one game
After his 99th career shutout was in the books and his dramatic return to the net was over, Martin Brodeur went home and sat down on his couch. The Devils' goalie sat there for a long time, thinking about what had just happened. And he quickly put it all into perspective. Was his performance...
Brodeur will face Panthers Saturday for Devils
Martin Brodeur came out of his first start in four months pain-free, so he will start against the Florida Panthers Saturday afternoon. Sunday's starter is still unknown. "I'm going to be playing tomorrow," Brodeur said after practice. "Sunday we don't know yet. I'll see how it (his elbow)...
Devils' morning after: Brodeur and Martin both practicing
Goalie Martin Brodeur apparently felt no ill effects from his first game back after spending four-months on the in jured reserve list. Brodeur was on the ice 10 minutes early for the Devils' practice Friday mirning at the Prudential Center. Defenseman Paul Martin is also practicing, which is...
New Jersey Devils: The morning after
Martin Brodeur returned to action after a four-month absence because of a torn biceps tendon and looked like he was never gone, making 24 saves to post his 99th career shutout. Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere takes a deeper look at a big moment in the Devils' season and assesses what's...
Slideshow: Devils 4, Colorado Avalanche 0
New Jersey Devils: You make the Call
Okay, this one's simple. With Martin Brodeur back, apparently healthy, and certainly rested, are the Devils now the favorite to win the Stanley Cup?
Paul Martin played well in his return to the New Jersey Devils' lineup also
US Presswire File photoPaul Martin also returned to the Devils' lineup. He had two assists and drew praise from coach Brent Sutter. NOTEBOOK Martin Brodeur wasn't the only Martin to return to the Devils' lineup. Defenseman Paul Martin, who missed four games with upper body muscle soreness...
Parise and Martin power play strategy works for Devils
Zach Parise had an idea. When the Devils went on the power play in the second period, Parise suggested to point man Paul Martin to try shooting the puck wide of the net. "Zach came out to me and said, 'Don't be afraid to shoot it short side or miss the net," Martin revealed. "Right before the...
Another chapter in Brodeur's Hall of Fame career
In the words of one NHL scout after watching Martin Brodeur stop 24 shots to shut out the Colorado Avalanche: "I think he'll be alright once he gets his timing back." Brodeur, who played his first game in four months after coming back from a torn tendon in his left biceps, amazed his teammates...
Martin Brodeur returns to action and posts 4-0 win over Colorado Avalanche
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur makes one of his 24 saves in the Devils' 4-0 win over Colorado in his first game since Nov. 1. Brodeur missed four months after surgery to re-attach a severed biceps tendon. For his next challenge, Martin Brodeur will try to fix the economy. Having spent...
New Jersey Devils' Jay Pandolfo isn't sweating NHL trade deadline
Joel Auerbach/US PresswireJay Pandolfo isn't worried about being traded before the March 4 trade deadline. He has a no-trade clause in his contract. Jay Pandolfo, who was back in the Devils' lineup Thursday in place of Mike Rupp, need not worry about the March 4 trade deadline. When he signed a...
Devils-Avalanche: As they played
At 6:29 p.m., the Prudential Center organist played "Happy Days Are Here Again.' At 6:30, Brodeur led the Devils from the tunnel onto the ice and was greeted by cheers from those fans who arrived early. One banner, on a bed sheet, read: "Marty's Better" At 6:31 he began stretching near the...
February 26, 2009
Devils-Avalanche: 3 things to watch
The Devils face the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night at the Prudential Center. Here are three things to watch: 1. Martin Brodeur returns. You may have heard. The Devils are getting their four-time Vezina Trophy winner back after missing four months with a torn tendon in his left biceps. He will...
Rupp out; Pandolfo and Martin back in for Devils
Mike Rupp is healthy, but the Devils' big forward will not play in Thursday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche. Jay Pandolfo, who sat out the last two games, will play in Rupp's place. "Nothing was said. Just, 'You're not playing,' " Rupp said. He is disappointed but said he needs...
Brodeur says he's not nervous the morning of his comeback start for Devils
Martin Brodeur said he isn't feeling nervous the morning of his first start since Nov. 1. "Not yet. I'm sure I'll have butterflies when I get to the rink tonight," Brodeur said after skipping the team's optional Thursday morning skate. "I try to make it just another day. I can't get...
Brodeur won't take part in Devils' optional morning skate
Martin Brodeur has faced a lot of shots during his comeback from a torn tendon in his left biceps. So many, in fact, that the Devils' goaltender won't take part in the team's optional Thursday morning skate. "I've seen a lot of pucks in the last 3-4 weeks. I don't think going on the ice...
February 25, 2009
Devils' Clemmensen disappointed but not bitter
Scott Clemmensen thought he was prepared, but when Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello told him Tuesday afternoon that he would be going back to Lowell (AHL) because Martin Brodeur was ready to play again, it came as a surprise. "Obviously I was disappointed," Clemmensen said in a conference call with...
Brent Sutter's son sent to minors for conditioning
Gerry Broome/Associated PressBrandon Sutter, right, was assigned to Albany of the AHL Wednesday. Sutter, 20, is the son of Devils coach Brent. Brandon Sutter, the son of Devils' coach Brent, was assigned to Albany (AHL) Wednesday for conditioning. He is eligible for Albany's game Wednesday night...
Devils' goalie Weekes: I can empathize with Clemmensen
I will be speaking to Scott Clemmensen on a conference call at 4 p.m. Wednesday. In the meantime, I spoke to Kevin Weekes early in the afternoon about Martin Brodeur's return and the decision to send Clemmensen back to Lowell (AHL). "I can empathize," Weekes said of Clemmensen. "He's turning 32...
Devils' Brodeur will face Avs
Martin Brodeur put it in four words. "I'll be in tomorrow," he said after the Devils' practice Wednesday. That ended any remaining speculation about whether he would start Thursday night's game against the Avalanche.
New Jersey Devils get their top line back together for practice
Travis Zajac is showing no outward signs of the flu that forced him to leave practice early on Tuesday. He is back between linemates Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner for Wednesday's workout. With Martin Brodeur being activated and Scott Clemmensen sent back to Lowell (AHL), the Devils again...
Clemmensen and Salmela sent to Lowell; Brodeur activated by Devils
Martin Brodeur was activated by the Devils Wednesday morning and Scott Clemmensen was sent back to Lowell (AHL). The move sets up the scenerio for Brodeur to start Thursday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche. "It's the best of all worlds, other than (for) Scotty," GM Lou Lamoriello...
Zajac absent from Devils' practice
Always one of the first players onto the ice before practice, Travis Zajac was absent Wednesday morning while Shot Club mates Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner and Jay Pandolfo worked on their shooting early. Zajac left Tuesday's practice because of the flu. An eager Martin Brodeur was the first...
February 24, 2009
New Jersey Devils on Tom Renney firing: Hate to see a good man go
Brendan Shanahan played for Tom Renney the past two seasons with the Rangers. Although Renney's firing did not come as a shock to anyone, Shanahan weighed in: "I'm obviously not as in-tune to what's going on over there. Just from what I've read in the papers, it sounded like something may...
Still no decision on when Brodeur will start for Devils
This comes as no surprise. There were no decisions made on Tuesday as to whether Martin Brodeur will start in goal for the Devils Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche. "Can it be Thursday? Possibly," coach Brent Sutter said. "Can it be Saturday? Possibly." Brodeur practiced Tuesday...
Devils' Zajac grounded by the flu
It was the flu bug, making its way through the Devils' dressing room, that forced center Travis Zajac off the ice during practice Tuesday at the Prudential Center. "He's got a touch of it," coach Brent Sutter said. "I didn't know he wasn't feeling good. Jamie (Langenbrunner) came over and told...
Shanahan participates in Devils' practice
Brendan Shanahan is participating in the Devils' Tuesday morning practice after taking the previous day off with a sore foot. Defenseman Paul Martin, who was back on the ice Monday after being sidelined with an upper body muscle pull, is also practicing. Martin Brodeur was the first goalie on...
Paul Martin practices with New Jersey Devils as Martin Brodeur says he's ready to play Thursday
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerPaul Martin has missed nine games with the same injury this season. NOTEBOOK There was another Martin practicing Monday for the first time in a while for the Devils. That would be defenseman Paul Martin, who missed the last four games with what appears to be...
February 23, 2009
Paul Martin practices; Brendan Shanahan does not
Sorry about the delay, folks -- I've spent the last few hours trying to learn how to work this video thing and that got in the way of blogging. But the video's up, so now I wanted to pass along some updates: Brendan Shanahan did not practice today. He apparently got a shot off his right foot --...
Video: Martin Brodeur practicing
With the Devils not playing again until Thursday, Martin Brodeur gets a chance to get in a couple or three hard practices before possibly making his return to action when the Devils host the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night at the Prudential Center. Brodeur took all the work at one end of the ice...
Martin Brodeur is getting all the reps at New Jersey Devils practice
It sure looks as though Marty Brodeur is prepping to play on Thursday. The Devils' goaltender, out since March 1, has been targeting Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche for his return, though the Devils have yet to announce anything and Brodeur has tried to be cagey with reporters...
Struggling Scott Clemmensen will still get starts after Martin Brodeur returns to New Jersey Devils
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesScott Clemmensen surrenders one of four goals to the Islanders Saturday night. Scott Clemmensen is about ready to toss the car keys to Martin Brodeur. With the Devils entering the final quarter of the season, a case can be made that the backup goaltender has begun to run...
February 22, 2009
Devils get Sunday off; Brodeur's return next
Despite their disappointing 1-2-0 road trip, the Devils were given Sunday off. They will return to the ice Monday morning to begin the week leading up to goalie Martin Brodeur's return. Brodeur is shooting for Thursday night's home game against the Colorado Avalanche and says he will be ready. ...
Devils: The Morning after
Well, the Devils turned in a clunker on Saturday night, losing 4-0 to the Islanders -- the worst team in the league. Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere takes a second look at the game and the week upcoming. 1. They've played so well on the road this season, everyone pretty much assumed...
Devils: You make the call
The Devils have now been shut out six times this season, including once each by the lowly Atlanta Thrashers and Islanders. Is it possible the Devils were looking ahead to Martin Brodeur returning to active duty Thursday? Or was Scott Clemmensen distracted by the fact that he was probably playing...
Game 60: Islanders 4, Devils 0
Boxscore Newspaper stories Game story: Loss to lowly Isles shakes Devils' confidence Late notebook: Is trade deadline a distraction for Devils? Early notebook: John Madden has picked up his game Feature: The current-day Devils can fill the net Blog posts Sutter juggling lines Clemmensen...
Are the New Jersey Devils distracted by the trade deadline?
Christopher Pasatieri/US PresswireJohn Madden has been the subject of trade rumors, but he has picked up his play of late. NOTEBOOK UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Has the March 4 trade deadline become a distraction for the Devils? "This time of year it's always tough with the trade deadline," captain...
Sutter juggling lines trying to inject life into Devils
That's three games in a row now that Devils' coach Brent Sutter has juggled his lines trying to get something going. In Saturday night's 4-0 loss to the Islanders, Sutter tried several combinations. Among the most interesting: Patrik Elias-Brian Rolston-Brian Gionta and Dainius Zubrus-John...
Devils' Clemmensen feels unlucky
Scott Clemmensen insists he is not feeling the pressure now that Martin Brodeur is on teh verge of returning as the Devils' No. 1 goalie. But Clemmensen, who has lost his last two starts, feels he has been unlucky of late. "It's been tough going," Clemmensen said. "Especially my last three...
New Jersey Devils lose to New York Islanders, 4-0
Christopher Pasatieri/US PresswireDevils' Zach Parise is thwarted by Islanders' goaltender Yann Danis, who posted his first shutout of the season and the second of his career in the Islanders' 4-0 victory. UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It wasn't the way Scott Clemmensen wanted to hand the goaltending job...
New Jersey Devils' John Madden has picked up his game in season's second half
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerCenter John Madden has adjusted to a new role in the Devils' offense this season. UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- With the March 4 trade deadline approaching, John Madden has had to deal with trade rumors. However, Madden has played well in the second half of this season. "I think...
These New Jersey Devils can run up the score
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerThe current Devils differ from the old Devils in one respect: They have the ability to score goals in bunches. UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- They're not the same old Devils. While solid defense still may be most important when it comes to the organization's philosophy, this...
Devils-Islanders: As they played
FIRST PERIOD: Defenseman Bryce Salvador was questionable for the game after missing the morning skate. Salvador is still battling the flu and took part in the pregame warmup before deciding he was well enough to play. Jay Leach, who went out for the warmup, was scratched along with Jay Pandolfo...
Devils' Sutter says Madden has improved by making adjustments
I asked Devils' coach Brent Sutter before Saturday night's game about center John Madden's play in recent weeks. Madden has endured rumors that he could be traded by the March 4 deadline, but has improved his game at both ends of the ice. Madden has scored 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in...
Salvador hopes to play for Devils against Islanders
Defenseman Bryce Salvador is still feeling the effects of the flu. He did not take part in the Devils' morning skate on Saturday, but hoped to play against the Islanders. Salvador and Jay Leach will both take the pregame warmup. "We'll dress 21 for the warmup," coach Brent Sutter said. "We...
Devils-Islanders: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Islanders meet Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. Here are three things to watch: 1. The flu bug. It's still going around the Devils' dressing room. Zach Parise was unable to play the second period in Tampa. Will it happen to someone in this game? Brent Sutter was asked before the...
February 21, 2009
Clemmensen likely to get start for Devils in final game before Brodeur's return
It appears Scott Clemmensen will start in goal for the Devils against the Islanders Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. Although coach Brent Sutter and GM Lou Lamoriello won't tip their hands, it is expected that Martin Brodeur will make his first start in almost four months Thursday night at the...
With visit to Islanders coming Saturday, New Jersey Devils looking to continue road success
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerLou Lamoriello says the Devils' road record is a compliment to the players' and coaches' preparation. The road doesn't go on forever, but the Devils probably wish it did. They will wrap up a three-game road trip Saturday night against the Islanders at...
Sutter: Devils won't change when Brodeur returns
Every coach would like to add a four-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender to his team, even when that team has a comfortable lead in the Atlantic Division and looks like it can make a serious run for the Stanley Cup this spring. And Brent Sutter is no different. But will the Devils' identity...
February 20, 2009
Devils to hold late optional skate, then head to Long Island
If you're wondering why there hasn't been a blog posting yet on Friday, it's because the Devils have yet to practice, They are scheduled to hold a 4:15 skate for a few players and then bus to Long Island. They face the Islanders Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. More later. * * * Some...
Game 58: New Jersey Devils 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (SO)
Box score Newspaper stories Devils beat Lightning in shootout, 3-2 Notebook: Former Devils coach Pat Burns: 'I'm not bitter' Bus crash seriously injures former Devils broadcaster, four minor-league players Blog posts Salmela's return to Devils a thrill Parise, Zajac give admirable effort
Salmela's return to Devils a thrill a minute
Devils' coach Brent Sutter wasn't shy about giving minor league call-up Anssi Salmela plenty of ice time in Thursday night's 3-2 shootout win over the Lightning. But there were times when Sutter held his breath. "I thought Sami did some things young kids are going to do," Sutter said. "You...
Parise and Zajac give Devils heroic efforts
Once Zach Parise returned after missing the entire second period with a stomach flu, linemate Travis Zajac had no choice but to come back after having his upper lip splut open by a deflected puck. Parise scored a goal in the third period when he came back and then scored one of the Devils' two...
New Jersey Devils beat Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, in a shootout
Chris O'Meara/Associated PressThe Devils' David Clarkson, right, fights with the Lightning's Matt Smaby last night in Tampa, Fla. TAMPA, Fla. - Zach Parise had to get off the trainer's table to help rescue the Devils. After missing the entire second period with a stomach flu, Parise returned for...
Bus crash seriously injures former Devils broadcaster John Hennessy, four Albany players
Steve Hockstein/For The Star-LedgerFormer Devils broadcaster John Hennessy, shown doing an interview in 2005, remains hospitalized with serious injuries following the bus crash. TAMPA, Fla. -- As a former junior hockey coach in Red Deer, Alberta, Brent Sutter knows the dangers of long overnight...
Devils-Lightning: As they played
Defenseman Bryce Salvador and left winger Jay Pandolfo are both on the ice for the pregame skate. That may indicate Salvador intends to play.
Ex-Devils coach Burns: I'm not bitter
Pat Burns visited with the Devils' coaching staff and said hello to several players two hours before Thursday night's game at the St. Pete Times Forum. Suffering from lung cancer, Burns said he feel he has to continue working and isn't bitter about a less-than-encouraging prognosis. "I'm not...
February 19, 2009
Devils-Lightning: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Lightning meet Thursday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. Here are three things to watch: 1. The return of Anssi Salmela. Recalled from Lowell (AHL) on Wednesday, the defenseman will get some time on the Devils' power play. If Salmela has eliminated the mistakes he made while...
Martin won't play in Devils' final two games on road trip
The Devils do not want to risk Paul Martin's health for the stretch run. Therefore, the defenseman will not play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning or in Saturday night's game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. "No. He won't," coach Brent Sutter said. "He's day-to-day, but...
Weekes will start for Devils against Lightning; Salvador likely out
As expected, Kevin Weekes will start in goal for the Devils Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Scott Clemmensen and Martin Brodeur are the two goalies on the ice for the morning skate. Weekes is not taking part in the morning skate. Bryce Salvador is not skating for a second...
Devils' Brodeur nearly pain-free
Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur says he's on track for his return to the net next week. And he is almost pain-free. "We're exactly on track for being pain-free," the goalie said. "I'm a lot more fluid now. I don't think about it." Brodeur will take part in the Devils' optional morning skate...
New Jersey Devils' Anssi Salmela gets help from Larry Robinson, Scott Stevens, among others
NOTEBOOK TAMPA, Fla. - Anssi Salmela got the Hall of Fame crash course. First it was Larry Robinson who showed up in Lowell, Mass., this winter to work with the Devils prospect. Then it was Scott Stevens who arrived in the New England outpost to offer the 24-year-old Finnish defenseman a few...
Shanahan likely to return to Devils' lineup; Salmela will play
Brendan Shanahan said he felt good after a full practice on Wednesday and hopes to play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The veteran winger has missed two games with a bruised right foot after being hit by a shot from Boston's Dennis Wideman. "It feels good," Shanahan...
February 18, 2009
Devils will get to see ailing former coach Pat Burns in Tampa
Devils' players are anxious to see former coach Pat Burns when he attends Thursday night's game against the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum. Burns, who is suffering from lung cancer, scouted Tuesday night's Lightning-Blackhawks game and will return from his home south of Tampa to see his...
Devils recall Anssi Salmela from Lowell farm
As I was waiting for the Devils to begin their late practice at the St. Pete Times Forum, general manager Lou Lamoriello walked in alongside defenseman Anssi Salmela. A few moments later, the Devils announced that Salmela has been recalled from Lowell (AHL). In 36 games at Lowell this season...
Game 57: Florida Panthers 4, New Jersey Devils 0
Box score Newspaper stories Devils drop 4-0 loss to Panthers Late notebook: Brodeur likely targeting Feb. 26 for return Early notebook: Devils not surprised by Panthers' playoff push Blog posts Paul Martin won't play in Tampa Loss to Panthers had all hallmarks of emotional letdown You...
You Make the Call: A game like the loss to the Panthers is okay once in a while -- right?
Brian Rolston called it a "letdown game," and it certainly seemed like a classic example of one -- following back-to-back victories over the NHL's best teams over the weekend, the Devils went to Florida and suffered a 4-0 setback to the Panthers. Is a veteran team allowed to have an off-night like...
Devils' loss to Panthers had all the signs of a classic emotional letdown
Devils' coach Brent Sutter was hesitant. It was difficult for him to concede that his club had suffered a letdown after big victories over the Bruins and Sharks over the weekend. But, in the end, it was pretty evident. "Possibly. Probably," Sutter said. "I thought with our mental mindset and...
Devils' Martin won't play in Tampa
Paul Martin has missed the last two games with what the team is calling upper body soreness and the defenseman told me Tuesday night he almost certainly will not be able to play Thursday night in Tampa. "I have a feeling I'm not going to play the next one, either," Martin said. "I'll stay here...
Slideshow: Florida Panthers 4, New Jersey Devils 0
New Jersey Devils lose to Florida Panthers, 4-0
First road loss since Jan. 11Lynne Sladky/Associated PressDevils goalie Scott Clemmensen watches a goal by Panthers right wing Richard Zednik sail into the net. SUNRISE, Fla. -- Perhaps it was a letdown not totally unexpected after big victories at home over the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks...
New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur likely to return from injury Feb. 26 against Colorado
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressMartin Brodeur began practicing with the Devils this week. SUNRISE, Fla. -- If Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was calling the shots, he wouldn't have been able to play Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. That wasn't realistic. But...
Devils-Panthers: As they played
FIRST PERIOD: Scott Clemmensen was in goal for the Devils. Brendan Shanahan (bruised right foot) and Paul Martin (upper body soreness) were scratches. Both missed their second straight game. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead at 4:18 when Stephen Weiss grabbed a rebound and snapped a wrist shot from...
New Jersey Devils not surprised by Florida Panthers' playoff push
Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressWith the Panthers remaining in the playoff chase, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is less likely to be traded. SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers may be surprising some people by staying in the Eastern Conference playoff race as the March 4 trade deadline approaches, but...
February 17, 2009
Lack of full practices will keep Devils' Brodeur from playing on road trip
Martin Brodeur practiced for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning, first facing shots from Devils' forwards at the conclusion of the morning skate at the BankAtlantic Center and then taking on coaches Brent Sutter, John MacLean and Tommy Albelin. He is clearly getting close to making his first...
Devils-Panthers: 3 things to watch
After a very successful homestand, the Devils open a three-game road trip against the Florida Panthers Tuesday night. Here are three things to watch: 1. Are the Panthers for real? They've won three of their last four and five of seven to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. But can they...
Shanahan, Martin won't play; Clemmensen in goal for Devils
Neither Brendan Shanahan nor Paul Martin will play for the Devils when they face the Florida Panthers Tuesday night. Shanahan has a bruised foot and Martin upper body soreness and neither took part in the morning skate. "Status quo. They're still day-to-day," coach Brent Sutter said. "They're...
Devils' Shanahan still limping badly
Brendan Shanahan is with the Devils in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday morning, but he is still limping badly. The right winger took a Dennis Wideman shot on the top of his right foot Friday the 13th and missed the Devils' game against the Sharks on Sunday. The team will have a full morning skate at the...
New Jersey Devils' David Clarkson fought his way success in the NHL
John Munson/The Star-LedgerDavid Clarkson used his fists to get to the NHL, but this season, he has as many goals as he does fights. There were plenty of times when David Clarkson could have given up on the dream of being an NHL hockey player. He was picked in the last round of the Ontario...
February 16, 2009
Zach Parise named NHL's No. 1 Star of the Week
Oops -- sorry, folks, I forgot. Zach Parise was named today as the NHL's No. 1 star of the week ending Feb. 15. The Devils' leading scorer led the NHL in scoring for the week with eight points, on four goals and four assists as the Devils went 4-0 in the week, defeating the Rangers, Islanders...
Devils, post-practice report
Rich went ahead to Tampa, so I covered practice today. The Devils had a light day on the ice before leaving for Florida this afternoon. Only six skaters and two goalies -- Martin Brodeur and Kevin Weekes -- skated, along with the Devils coaches. Defensemen Andy Greene and Jay Leach and forwards...
Game 56: New Jersey Devils 6, San Jose Sharks 5
Box score Newspaper stories Devils top Sharks, 6-5, to cap successful weekend against NHL's best Notebook: Claude Lemieux faces former team despite suffering from flu Blog posts A closer look at the Devils' victory over the Sharks Devils complete successful homestand As They Played: A...
Ex-Devil Claude Lemieux faces former team despite flu bug
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerAndy Greene battles the Sharks' Claude Lemieux in the first period. NOTEBOOK Bed-ridden with the flu on Saturday, Claude Lemieux thought for sure he would be forced to miss his first game in the Prudential Center against the Devils. But he was in the Sharks' lineup...
New Jersey Devils beat San Jose Sharks, 6-5, capping successful weekend against NHL's best
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerDavid Clarkson celebrates his goal in the third period. The Devils showed the NHL's top two teams they can win a high-scoring shootout just as easily as a one-goal shutout. In a weekend that confirmed what they already suspected, the Atlantic Division leaders extended...
You Make the Call: How far can these Devils go in the spring?
We know, it's only mid-February, way too early to be talking Stanley Cup. Or is it? The Devils knocked off the NHL's best teams this weekend, first with a 1-0 victory over the East-leading Boston Bruins Friday, and then with a 6-5 victory over the West-leading San Jose Sharks Sunday. What would...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 6, San Jose Sharks 5
A closer look at the Devils' victory over the Sharks
This and that about the Devils' 6-5 victory over the Sharks: * Bobby Holik did not play at all in the third period. He finished with eight shifts totaling 5:27. "I'm a player," he said. "I don't analyze." * Brian Gionta's goal 30 seconds into the game may have looked like he swept a...
Devils complete a successful 4-1 homestand
It didn't start very well, a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 7. But the Devils ended their homestand with four straight victories. Most impressive was the fact that they beat the two best teams in the NHL--- the Bruins and Sharks-- in the final two games. "It was big for us,"...
February 15, 2009
Devils-Sharks: As they played
Devils' defenseman Paul Martin was a surprise scratch for Sunday's game against the SanJose Sharks. Jay Leach, who was expected to sit and took shots against goalie Martin Brodeur in the morning, was in the lineup. Brendan Shanahan (bruised ankle) will not play.
Devils-Sharks: 3 things to watch
The Devils continue their weekend against the league's best teams by hosting the San Jose Sharks at the Prudential Center Sunday afternoon. Here are three things to watch: 1. Claude Lemieux, continuing his NHL comeback at age 43, plays his first game at the Prudential Center. He was bed-ridden...
Shanahan won't play for Devils; Lemieux in for Sharks
Brendan Shanahan, who was hit in the feet by several shots in Friday night's game against the Bruins, will not play for the Devils Sunday afternoon against the San Jose Sharks. "He won't play," coach Brent Sutter said. Is it serious? Like a broken foot? "No, just brusied," the coach said. ...
Martin Brodeur estimates he's a 'week to 10 days' away from playing for New Jersey Devils
Coach Brent Sutter says goaltender needs more long practicesBill Kostroun/Associated PressMartin Brodeur takes shots at Devils practice Saturday. Martin Brodeur's eventual return to the Devils isn't an abstract concept anymore. The face of the franchise is back practicing on a full-time basis and...
It's a little grainy and distant ... but this is Martin Brodeur in a full practice with the Devils
Martin Brodeur practices with the team
February 14, 2009
Martin Brodeur to Brent Sutter: Put me in, Coach. I'm ready to play today
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressMartin Brodeur has been back taking shots from teammates for a week or so, but Saturday he practiced with the full team for the first time since his Nov. 6 surgery. Sorry for the delay folks, but I decided to transcribe all 18 minutes of Martin Brodeur's group...
Martin Brodeur practicing with full New Jersey Devils team
Martin Brodeur is practicing with the full Devils team for the first time since he suffered a torn biceps tendon on Nov. 1 in a game against Atlanta. The Devils have three goaltenders on the ice, and Scott Clemmensen is taking all the action at the far end of the ice, while Brodeur is splitting...
Game 55: New Jersey Devils 1, Boston Bruins 0
Box score Newspaper stories Devils beat East-leading Bruins, 1-0, as Clemmensen picks up second straight shutout Notebook: Sharks' Claude Lemieux relishing chance to face Devils Sunday Devils want to make Prudential Center uncomfortable for opponents Blog posts Clemmensen finds shutout...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 1, Boston Bruins 0
Devils' Clemmensen finds the shutout formula
After letting several shutouts slip away this season, Devils' goalie Scott Clemmensen has found the formula: Low-scoring, close games. In past games, Clemmensen said he was thinking about shutouts when he lost them in the third period. In his shutouts in back-to-back starts over the Rangers and...
Shanahan showing Devils he's more than just a goal-scorer
When they signed him as a free agent, the Devils figured Brendan Shanahan would help their power play and provide leadership. But it has been Shanahan's defense late in games that may be most impressive of all in his first 11 games with the club. In Friday night's 1-0 victory over the Boston...
You Make the Call: Can the Devils beat the West's best next?
Now that the Devils have taken care of the East-leading Boston Bruins with a 1-0 victory Friday night, what do you expect on Sunday when they face the West's best in the visiting San Jose Sharks? And how curious are you to see how Claude Lemieux, 43, looks in his NHL comeback with the Sharks? Let...
New Jersey Devils beat East-leading Boston Bruins, 1-0
Scott Clemmensen posts second straight shutoutChristopher Pasatieri/US PresswireScott Clemmensen also shut out the Rangers on Monday. Scott Clemmensen had two career shutouts in the NHL entering this season. In the last five days, the Devils' goaltender doubled that total. On the night he posted...
San Jose Sharks' Claude Lemieux relishing chance to face Devils Sunday
Kyle Terada/US PresswireAt 43, Claude Lemieux is defying critics who said he'd be unable to make an NHL comeback. NOTEBOOK Former Devils winger and comeback kid Claude Lemieux can't wait to play his first game at the Prudential Center when the San Jose Sharks visit at 3 p.m. Sunday. "It will be...
New Jersey Devils want to make Prudential Center uncomfortable for opponents
The Devils never really had a home-ice advantage at the Meadowlands. Opposing NHL teams never hated playing in the building the Devils inhabited for 24 seasons. But as they try to improve their record at home at the Prudential Center, they will probably have to do so simply by playing well on...
Devils-Bruins: As they played
The Devils and Bruins are meeting for the third time this season. Scott Clemmensen is in goal for the Devils and Tim Thomas for Boston. Jay Pandolfo and Jay Leach are healthy Devils' scratches. Zach Parise had the Devils' first big scoring chance during a power play at 4:49. Thomas robbed him...
Devils-Bruins: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Bruins meet for the third time this season Friday night at the Prudential Center. Here are three things to watch: 1. Bruins in a rut? They've lost two in a row, including their last game to the San Jose Sharks. Hardly reason to think they are falling apart, but the Eastern...

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