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March 31, 2010
Zach Parise is Devils' M.V.P.; Andy Greene Unsung Hero and Mike Mottau Players' Player
Bruce Driver gets John J. McMullen Award Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Andy Greene was voted Unsung Hero by his Devils teammates.Defenseman Andy Greene, who helped hold the defense together when Paul Martin was sidelined with a fractured forearm, was voted the Devils' Unsung Hero...
Sherry Ross to do play-by-play for Devils-Hurricanes game
Matt Loughlin will handle TV duties Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMartin Brodeur plays the puck during Tuesday night's OT loss to the Bruins.Sherry Ross, the first woman to do play-by-play in English of an entire NHL game, will be called upon to do it again Saturday night when the Devils face...
Zach Parise nurses sore foot; Devils looking to find playoff intensity
A warning is issued in team meeting Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesBruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes save on Zach Parise Tuesday night.Zach Parise was among the four Devils players who did not take part in a 20-minute practice session on Tuesday prior to the team's Gold Circle event at the...
Without a stick, there was little Devils' Paul Martin could do on OT goal
Too far away to tackle shooter Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Paul Martin has no stick as Boston's Patrice Bergeron (37) scores on goalie Martin Brodeur in overtime Tuesday night.Was there something Devils defenseman Paul Martin could have done to prevent Bruins forward...
Your comments: Devils don't feel refs gave them a fair shake in OT loss to Bruins
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils Martin Brodeur and Paul Martin react as the Bruins Patrice Bergeron celebrates rounding the back of the net after scoring the winning 1-0 goal with 19 seconds left in overtime. The Devils...
Jacques Lemaire holds team meeting before punishment practice
Players were originally scheduled for day off the ice US PresswireMartin Brodeur plays the puck during Devils' 1-0 overtime loss to the Bruins Tuesday night.Devils coach Jacques Lemaire called a team meeting Wednesday morning, pulling early birds Brian Rolston, David Clarkson and Jay...
Devils' scorers second-guessing themselves
One goal in the last two games isn't enough Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerBrian Rolston shoots during the overtime, in the loss to Boston.NOTEBOOKAs they were leaving Montreal Saturday night, the Devils felt they were a team with two lines that could give opponents...
March 30, 2010
Devils don't feel refs gave them a fair shake in OT loss to Bruins
Patrik Elias got game misconduct for speaking his mind Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils center Patrik Elias can't believe he's been slapped with a game misconduct penalty after the Bruins scored in OT. One by one, the Devils pointed a finger at referees Kelly Sutherland and Dan...
Wasted chances came back to haunt Devils in overtime loss to Bruins
David Clarkson and Vladimir Zharkov blame themselves Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond checks Bruins winger Shawn Thornton into the visitors' bench Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.On a team that features Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise on its top two lines...
Devils beaten by Bruins in overtime, 1-0
Patrice Bergeron goal with 18.3 seconds left wins it for Boston Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Zach Parise (9) and Paul Martin battle Boston's Michael Ryder for the puck.After playing more than 64 minutes in a scoreless chess match, the Devils lost a heartbreaker to the Boston...
NJ Devils-Boston Bruins: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Tuukka Rask Chris Seward/MCTTuukka Rask was in goal for the Bruins Tuesday night against the Devils.The Devils faced the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils against Tuukka Rask.
Patrik Elias is Devils' nominee for 2009-10 Masterton Trophy
Exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey John Sokolowski/US PresswirePatrik Elias is the Professional Hockey Writers' Association Masterton Trophy nominee from the Devils. The New Jersey chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has voted Patrik Elias...
Devils' David Clarkson: Punishment for Dan Carcillo was fair
Flyers forward suspended for two games Andrew Mills/The Star-LedgerDavid Clarkson was satisfied with the NHL's decision to suspend Dan Carcillo for two games.The NHL's decision to suspend Flyers forward Dan Carcillo for two games seems fair to Devils winger David Clarkson. It was Clarkson...
Flyers' Dan Carcillo suspended two games for stick to David Clarkson
Devils winger was cut in right eyebrow Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDavid Clarkson, shown in game against Columbus Blue Jackets, was on the receiving end of Dan Carcillo's cross-check to the eyebrow. The NHL has suspended Flyers forward Dan Carcillo two games for Sunday's cross-check...
Your comments: Is Kovalchuk just a rental for the Devils?
Featuring the best comments from the NJ.com community Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (left), skating past Dan Girardi of the Rangers, was named one of the NHL's three stars of the week.Gereral manager Lou Lamoriello is happy to talk about Ilya Kovalchuk, but only...
Making great strides with his English, Vladimir Zharkov looks for first Devils goal
Ilya Kovalchuk predicts Russian rookie will score this season Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesUp close and personal with Devils rookie Vladimir Zharkov, who is checked into the glass earlier this season.Devils rookie Vladimir Zharkov is still learning English and he has struggled with questions...
Jacques Lemaire rethinks Devils' performance against Flyers
Wasn't as bad as the final score Chris Seward/Wire SelectsIlya Kovalchuk (17), with Zach Parise (9), scored the lone Devils goal in Philadelphia. The Devils' 5-1 loss in Philadelphia Sunday night may have been lopsided, but it wasn't as bad as it originally looked to coach Jacques...
Dan Carcillo apologized to David Clarkson after stick to Devils winger's eyebrow
Noon hearing with NHL Tuesday Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesFlyers winger Dan Carcillo (13) had a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday for cutting David Clarkson.Dan Carcillo apologized to Devils winger David Clarkson face-to-face. But that isn't likely to be enough to prevent the...
NJ Devils winger Andrew Peters still sidelined with scratched eye
Team faces Bruins Tuesday night Jeff Zelevansky/Getty ImagesAndrew Peters remained sidelined with a scratched eye suffered in his fight with Jody Shelley of the Rangers.Andrew Peters remained sidelined with a scratched eye as the Devils held their morning skate Tuesday at the Prudential...
March 29, 2010
Do the Devils have an M.V.P? If Lou Lamoriello knows, he won't say
Guards against team getting complacent Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIs Zach Parise, or perhaps Martin Brodeur, the Devils' Most Valuable Player?Do the Devils have a Most Valuable Player? Probably. Is general manager Lou Lamoriello willing to offer his own opinion on that subject? Not...
Ilya Kovalchuk named NHL star of week, praised by Devils' Lou Lamoriello
GM says: "It's like he's been here a long time." Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (left), skating past Dan Girardi of the Rangers, was named one of the NHL's three stars of the week.Ilya Kovalchuk has adjusted to playing with the Devils better...
Pennsylvania town that inspired movie 'Slap Shot' losing its hockey team
In case of life imitating cinema, Chiefs are moving from small Johnstown Associated Press file photoThe actors who played the Hanson brothers in the 1977 film 'Slap Shot' sign memorabilia during a 1997 appearance. The town that served as the inspiration for the fictitious team in the...
Your Devils comments: Frail Pat Burns knows end is near
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Bill Kostroun/Associated PressDevils' ex-coach Pat Burns in a 2004 photo A post late Friday from the Star-Ledger's Rich Chere is picking up some heart-felt comments from NJ.com Devils faithful; it's about cancer-stricken ex-coach Pat...
March 28, 2010
Road games still a problem for Devils
3-12-2 in last 17 away from home Yong Kim/MCTFlyers goalie Brian Boucher, stopping Jamie Langenbrunner in the third period, made 32 saves in a 5-1 victory over the Devils.The Devils thought they were back on track after a big road victory in Montreal Saturday night. Certainly Sunday...
Dan Carcillo facing suspension after cutting David Clarkson with stick to head
Devils didn't appreciate third period hit on Ilya Kovalchuk Yong Kim/MCTFlyers Darroll Powe (left) and Blair Betts (right) check Ilya Kovalchuk into the boards during the third period Sunday night.Flyers left winger Dan Carcillo will be facing a suspension after he cut David Clarkson...
Devils can't take advantage of Flyers' shaky goaltending situation, lose 5-1
Devils have won only three of last 17 road games Andrew Mills/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur was replaced by Yann Danis for the start of the third period against the Flyers.PHILADELPHIA – You’d never know the Philadelphia Flyers are worried about their goaltending and...
NJ Devils-Philadelphia Flyers: As they play
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond in lineup Phillips Brian Boucher was in goal for the Flyers Sunday night at the Wachovia Center.The Devils, having already clinched a playoff spot, faced the Flyers Sunday night at the Wachovia Center. Martin Brodeur was back in goal for the Devils. He...
Martin Brodeur in goal for Devils; Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond in for Rod Pelley
Jacques Lemaire not worried about Bryce Salvador Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire said defenseman Bryce Salvador is going through a little slump.Martin Brodeur will start in goal for the Devils Sunday night against the Flyers. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond will play while Rod...
Will Martin Brodeur or Yann Danis start against goalie-challenged Flyers?
Injuries have depleted Philly in net H. Rumph Jr./APJohan Backlund became the latest Flyers goaltending casualty when he pulled a groin.No word yet on whether Martin Brodeur or Yann Danis will be in goal for the Devils Sunday night against the Flyers at the Wachovia Center. As for the...
March 27, 2010
Bryce Salvador, a Devils workhorse this season, spent third period on bench
Jacques Lemaire says his level of play dropped Francois Lacasse/Getty ImagesBryce Salvador, shown battling Tomas Plekanec Saturday night, spent the third period on the Devils' bench.It had to hurt veteran defenseman Bryce Salvador to watch from the bench as the Devils clinched a...
Devils impressed by Ilya Kovalchuk's unselfish play on empty net goal
Passed to Brian Rolston for linemate's 700th point Francois Lacasse/Getty ImagesBrian Rolston picked up his 700th career point with an empty net goal on an unselfish setup from Ilya Kovalchuk.Ilya Kovalchuk's skills as one of the NHL's most dynamic offensive players have impressed...
Devils clinch playoff spot for 13th straight year with 4-2 victory over Montreal Canadiens
Stay even with Pittsburgh atop Atlantic Division Andrew Mills/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire was behind the Devils' bench in 1997 when the streak of 13 straight playoff berths began.MONTREAL – Jacques Lemaire was behind the Devils’ bench when the streak began in 1997 and he was...
NJ Devils-Montreal Canadiens: As they play
Devils looking to clinch playoff spot The Devils faced the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night with a chance to clinch a playoff spot by earning one point. Tom Szcerbowski/US PresswireScott Gomez faced his former team last night at the Bell Centre.Rookie winger Vladimir Zharkov was in the...
Jacques Lemaire: Devils are playing their best lineup against Canadiens
Vladimir Zharkov and Rod Pelley are in Ed Sokolowski/US PresswireDevils coach Jacques Lemaire said he was considering giving rookie Vladimir Zharkov a shift or two with Ilya Kovalchuk (pictured) in Montreal.Coach Jacques Lemaire said Saturday he believes the Devils dressed their best team...
Devils' Andrew Peters suffered scratched eye in fight with Rangers' Jody Shelley
Winger isn't on trip to Montreal Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Andrew Peters (right) suffered a scratched eye in fight with Rangers' Jody Shelley.Devils winger Andrew Peters suffered scratched eye during his fight with Jody Shelley of the Rangers Thursday night and will...
David Clarkson focused on Devils' playoff chances, not on new contract
Leg injury could hurt him in wallet Jeff Zelevasnsky/Getty ImagesDavid Clarkson, engaged in an ongoing battle with Sean Avery Thursday night, hasn't talked to the Devils about a contract extension. The damage David Clarkson incurred by standing in front of a Zdeno Chara slap...
Brian Gionta not thinking about possibility of facing Devils in first round
Canadiens just trying to secure playoff spot Getty ImagesBrian Gionta said he isn't thinking about facing his former teammates in the playoffs. There is a very real possibility that the Devils could meet the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That would...
Vladimir Zharkov, Rod Pelley in Devils lineup Saturday night vs. Canadiens
Andrew Peters not on trip to Montreal As coach Jacques Lemaire promised, rookie winger Vladimir Zharkov will be back in the Devils' lineup Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. William Perlman/The Star-LedgerVladimir Zharkov will be in the Devils' lineup...
March 26, 2010
Ilya Kovalchuk's scoring zooms with Travis Zajac by his side for NJ Devils
Kovalchuk has two goals and three assists in the past two games Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk has broken out in the past two games for the Devils.In the two games since Ilya Kovalchuk was put on Travis Zajac’s left wing, the Russian sniper has two goals and three...
Zajac has been a factor in Kovalchuk's recent surge for Devils
Center is always looking to set up the one-timer Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerTravis Zajac (19) celebrates a goal by Ilya Kovalchuk against the Penguins. Zajac and Kovalchuk have played well together in the last two games.Travis Zajac laughed a slightly embarrassed laugh when asked if it...
A frail Pat Burns says he probably won't see completion of Quebec arena bearing his name
Former Devils coach attends ceremony on Friday Al Bello/Getty ImagesFormer Devils coach Pat Burns, shown in January of 2004, was honored Friday in Quebec.A frail Pat Burns, battling terminal lung cancer, was honored Friday in Stanstead, Quebec, where a new hockey arena will bear his...
Cancer stricken Pat Burns honored to have Canadian arena named after him
Former Devils coach joined by GM Lou Lamoriello in Quebec for announcement Bruce Bennett/GettyPat Burns and his wife, Lynne, pictured at an NHL function in June, 2009.STANSTEAD, Quebec -- A thin and frail Pat Burns said he's honored to have an arena named after him, even as he conceded he...
Your comments: Kovalchuk's shootout history kept him on Devils bench
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk The Devils' 4-3 OT-shootout loss to the hated Rangers has NJ.com Devils fans abuzz. Many comments question coach Jaques Lemaire's decision not to send out Ilya Kovalchuk for the...
Devils practice - early report
Seems the order of the day is the power play Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk had the first goal against the Rangers in Thursday's shootout loss. First, apologies for the abrupt way the Devils-Rangers as they play last night. I lost internet service as the third period started...
March 25, 2010
Ilya Kovalchuk's shootout history kept him on Devils' bench
Sniper was 2-for-7 this season Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerRangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocks a shot by the New Jersey Devils in the second period of their win over the Devils Thursday.Devils coach Jacques Lemaire was ready for the second-guessing. After the Devils had lost, 4-3, to...
Win over Devils gives Rangers hope in playoff hunt
Earn two points to help bleak playoffs outlook Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerRangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocks a shot by the New Jersey Devils in the second period of their win over the Devils Thursday.Three times the Rangers fell behind the Devils at the Prudential Center, and all...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: Sean Avery talks a good game
David Clarkson wouldn't comment on Rangers' pest Jeff Zelevanski/Getty ImagesDevils' David Clarkson (right) jaws with Rangers pest Sean Avery Thursday night.Sean Avery spent much of Thursday night in the face of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and in the mind of right winger David...
Devils fall to Rangers, 4-3, in shootout
Rangers' Erik Christensen scores game-winner Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerErik Christensen scores the game-winning goal for the Rangers in their 4-3 shootout win over the Devils. The Rangers simply needed it more. With their entire season on the brink, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist kept...
Devils-Rangers, as they play
Devils are fighting for first in the division; Rangers fighting for eighth in the conference Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur will be looking to backstop the Devils to a victory over the rival Rangers Thursday.The Devils host the rival Rangers at the Prudential Center in the...
Devils, Rangers will play on first night of NHL's new head hits rule
Protection from blind hits to head Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDavid Clarkson (23) is the Devils' player rep. The Devils and Rangers will meet on the first night in which the league's new head shots rule in instituted. With the NHL Players' Association endorsing the new...
Your comments and a poll: Devils looking to improve before NHL playoffs
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Star-Ledger file photoJacques Lemaire, working the Devils in practice The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere reminds us that there are 10 games to go before the playoffs, and he reports on the things the Devils are working on for the final...
NHL players' association ratifies rule banning hits to head
Temporary rule could be made permanent during offseason David Zalubowski/Associated PressDevils winger Patrik Elias was injured earlier this season when hit in the head by Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson early in the second period.NEW YORK -- The NHL players' association executive...
Jacques Lemaire says Travis Zajac is Devils' most complete player
Center is a skillful at both ends of ice Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire called Travis Zajac the Devils' most complete player.The Devils have a lot of talent in their lineup, so it was a huge compliment when coach Jacques Lemaire called Travis Zajac the club's most complete...
Vladimir Zharkov will play in Montreal; Jay Pandolfo back to face Rangers
Devils host Rangers Thursday night Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesVladimir Zharkov (28), shown before the switch to No. 18, will play in Montreal Saturday night.Rookie winger Vladimir Zharkov, who has been a healthy scratch for the last eight games, will get a chance to play Saturday night...
Jacques Lemaire anxious to see Devils clinch playoff spot
It could happen against Rangers William Perlman/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire says he just wants to win games, no matter the opponent.Perhaps privately, Devils coach Jacques Lemaire would like to hurt the Rangers' playoff chances with a victory Thursday night at the Prudential...
March 24, 2010
As playoffs approach, Devils looking to improve
Still working on the power play Al Bello/Getty ImagesMartin Brodeur feels the Devils have overcome a lot to be in position to win the division.Ten games to go. What does Devils coach Jacques Lemaire want to see from his club? "I want to see games like we played last night, which...
Hurting Rangers' playoff chances would be satisfying to some Devils
Teams meet Thursday night at the Rock Luc Leclerc/US PresswireDevils defenseman Mike Mottau says there would be satisfaction in hurting the Rangers' playoff chances. Is it just another game that happens to be against the Rangers? Hardly. When the Devils host their Atlantic Division rivals...
Your comments: Power play finally clicks in Devils 6-3 win over Blue Jackets
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Chris O'Meara/APTravis Zajac was added to the Kovalchuk power play line and NJ.com Devils fans liked the result. NJ.com Devils fans have been riding the power play for a while, dissatisfied with the lack of production. Last night the...
Work on power play paid off for Devils
Three goals vs. Blue Jackets   Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesZach Parise is congratulated after the first of his two goals against the Blue Jackets Tuesday night.Hard work on the power play has paid off for the Devils. They went 3-for-6 against the Blue Jackets Tuesday night, getting power...
March 23, 2010
Travis Zajac finds creative way to score goals for NJ Devils
Martin Brodeur now three wins shy of 600 Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerTravis Zajac celebrates his first of two goals Tuesday night without taking a shot.You just knew Travis Zajac was going to take some heat for his two goals. Zach Parise needed four shots on goal to score his 34th...
Devils' Dean McAmmond wonders why opponent wouldn't fight
Says Mike Blunden challenged him but backed out Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerAfter fighting Mike Blunden, Devils center Dean McAmmond has to take on Derek Dorsett.Devils center Dean McAmmond was still scratching his head after Tuesday night's battle with the Columbus Blue Jackets was...
Power play finally clicks for Devils in 6-3 victory over Columbus Blue Jackets
Accounts for three goals after going 0-for-18 heading into the game Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Zach Parise celebrates scoring the team's first goal during the first period.Did someone say the Devils couldn’t score on the power play?    You’d never...
NJ Devils-Columbus Blue Jackets: As they play
Martin Brodeur tries for 40th win Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur, who allowed only one goal Saturday night, went for his 40th victory again Tuesday night.Martin Brodeur went for his 40th victory of the season for a second time as the Devils hosted the Columbus Blue...
Zach Parise: Fans and players alike are frustrated by Devils' power play
Felt his comments about fans booing power play Saturday night were too harsh Ed Mulholland/US PresswireZach Parise called fans "the most important part of the game." Zach Parise felt his comments about fans booing the Devils' power play Saturday night were a bit harsh. So the high-scoring...
Rick Nash impressed Devils coach Jacques Lemaire during Olympics
Called Blue Jackets forward a team player John Mahoney/MCTRick Nash was Martin Brodeur's Team Canada teammate at the Olympics.The Devils face enough team that is out of a playoff spot when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night. But they will also have to deal with Blue Jackets...
Jacques Lemaire sends Brian Rolston a message with spot on second line
He'll skate with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerBrian Rolston is now on the Devils' second line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac.Very often a coach will send a message to one of his players by benching him. Or, at least decreasing his role. Devils...
Your Devils comments: Comparing Zach Parise to Scott Stevens
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Andy Mills/The Star-LedgerNJ.com member njdevsworld on Zach Parise (right): "This guy haaates to lose. Just look at his body language at the Olympic medal ceremony to prove my point." In a Monday blog post, the Star-Ledger's Rich...
Fight with Cam Janssen may have put Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond's career on fast forward
He's in lineup against Blue Jackets Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (right) fights Cam Janssen Saturday night.It is be the fight that got Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond noticed, not to mention a lot of good-natured ribbing from his teammates. Three...
Key for NJ Devils: No letdown against Columbus Blue Jackets
Non-playoff teams have been a challenge Jean Levac/MCTRick Nash, shown during the Olympics with Team Canada, leads the Blue Jackets in scoring.The Devils, who lately have had trouble beating non-playoff teams, face the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. Coach...
March 22, 2010
Devils afternoon links: More on epic Janssen-Letourneau-Leblond fight
Devils-related news, notes from around web Jim McIsaac/GettyCam Janssen and the Devils' Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond fought for over two minutes thirty seconds on Saturday night.From The Star-Ledger:-- Is there an ideal first-round opponent for the Devils?-- A grueling day for Ilya...
Devils' Martin Brodeur gets kick out of young NHL goalies' adulation
Steve Mason Blue Jackets asked for signed stick Jim Mone/APColumbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason is a huge Martin Brodeur fan.Martin Brodeur remembers years ago when he shared the Devils' goaltending duties with Chris Terreri. A player on an opposing team asked Terreri for an...
Devils' Zach Parise has passion that was evident in Scott Stevens
Left winger wasn't knocking fans who booed power play John Sokolowski/US PresswireZach Parise believes the Devils' power play will start to produce.There is a lot of Scott Stevens in Devils left winger Zach Parise. Stevens was often still seething after a loss, unable to let it go as...
A grueling day for Ilya Kovalchuk without even playing a game
Wife gives birth to son in Florida on Sunday Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerForty wins is still a big deal to Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, shown stopping T.J. Oshie of the Blues Saturday night.It's been a busy two months for Ilya Kovalchuk and Sunday may have topped it all. Kovalchuk flew...
Your comments and a poll: Is there an ideal 1st-round playoff opponent for Devils?
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerAre you satisfied with Ilya Kovalchuk's performance on the Devils power play right now? The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere takes stock of the Devils' poistioning heading into the playoffs and assesses which...
Patrik Elias centers Devils line with Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner
Travis Zajac skates with Ilya Kovalchuk After a day off on Sun day, the Devils were back on the ice for Monday morning's practice at the Prudential Center. Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk was back from Florida, where his wife gave birth on Sunday.Ilya Kovalchuk, who had flown...
March 21, 2010
Is there an ideal first round playoff opponent for NJ Devils?
They're 3-0 vs. Bruins Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk (17) skates past goalie Ty Conklin and heads behind the net for a wrap-around attempt that was stopped in Saturday night's 1-0 loss to the Blues.Home ice in the first round of the playoffs seems a certainty. Even after...
March 20, 2010
Fight between Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Cam Janssen best in NHL this season?
Devils winger won bout that lasted 2:40 Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDevils winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (right) fights Cam Janssen of the Blues Saturday night.It may have been the NHL's best fight of the season. Former Devils winger Cam Janssen engaged in a marathon fight with current...
Booing of Devils' power play angers Zach Parise
Drought reaches 0-for-18 Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesA dejected Zach Parise leaves the ice as the St. Louis Blues celebrate their 1-0 win Saturday night.The Devils' power play has become a sore point-- for fans and players alike. After going 0-for-3 in Saturday night's 1-0 loss to the...
Devils home streak ends with shutout loss to St. Louis Blues
Brodeur denied 40th win; Devils remain two points back of Penguins Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond connects against former Devil Cam Janssen in a first period fight Saturday.Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond provided plenty of fight for the Devils, but no one chipped...
NJ Devils-St. Louis Blues: As they play
Martin Brodeur looking for 40th win of season; Cam Janssen faces ex-team Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur was looking for his 40th victory of the season Saturday night.The Devils faced the St. Louis Blues Saturday night at the Prudential Center. Goalie Martin...
Cam Janssen takes pregame warmup with Blues
Wasn't sure if he'd face Devils Former Devils winger Cam Janssen took the pregame warmup with the St. Louis Blues Saturday night at the Prudential Center. Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesCam Janssen in his days with the Devils. Janssen said in the meoning that he did not know if...
Patrik Elias says this Devils team is one of the best he's seen
Veteran forward is fighting a virus Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias feels this is one of the Devils' best teams since he's been with the club.He's been fighting a virus since Tuesday, but Patrik Elias feels pretty good when he assesses the Devils' chances this spring. In...
Former Devils winger Cam Janssen fighting to get back into St. Louis Blues' lineup
Has never played a game in Prudential Center Scott Rovak/US PresswireBlues winger Cam Janssen (55 on right) fights Washington's Quintin Laing (53 on left) in teh Feb. 13 game that led to the former Devils' suspension.Cam Janssen would like nothing more than to deliver a few big hits...
Brian Rolston back in NJ Devils' lineup against Blues
Patrik Elias will play after day of rest Brian Rolston will return to the Devils' lineup Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues after sitting out Thursday night's game in Toronto. Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesPatrik Elias, shown on St. Patrick's Day, did not practice Friday.Patrik...
March 19, 2010
Devils shouldn't need added motivation heading towards playoffs
Brian Rolston won't rock boat after being scratched in Toronto John Sokolowski/US PresswirePatrik Elias, who did not score in regulation and was stopped in the shootout in Toronto, did not practice Friday.No one expects the Devils to miss the playoffs. In fact, it would be shocking...
Devils' struggling power play pains coach Jacques Lemaire
0-for-14 in last five games John Sokolowski/US PresswirePoint man Ilya Kovalchuk says the Devils' power play has been "very bad."Devils coach Jacques Lemaire, who happens to keep himself in excellent physical condition, doesn't have an aching neck. But he's working on it. Just...
Devils afternoon links: Are Devils rivals with Penguins?
Devils-related news, notes from around web Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils and Zach Parise have won six times in six games against the Penguins this season.From The Star-Ledger: -- Yann Danis, Paul Martin both felt good in Devils' shootout loss-- Zach Parise refuses to rip Devils'...
Brian Rolston practices with NJ Devils; Patrik Elias missing
St. Louis Blues visit Saturday Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerBrian Rolston, who sat out Thursday night's game in Toronto, practiced Friday.Brian Rolston, who sat out Thursday night's 2-1 shootout loss in Toronto, took part in Friday's practice at the Prudential Center. However, Patrik Elias...
Your comments: Devils drop another game to a lowly team
Featuring the best comments from the NJ.com community John E. Sokolowski / US PresswireDespite goalie Yann Danis making 25 of 26 saves, the Devils could not pull out the win against the Maple LeafsReflecting on the team's play in the Devils' 2-1 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs, coach...
March 18, 2010
Yann Danis and Paul Martin both felt good in NJ Devils shootout loss
Goalie stopped 25 of 26 shots   John Sokolowski/US PresswireYann Danis played well in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.Yann Danis wasn't the Devils' problem. The backup goalie played well in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He stopped 25 of 26...
Zach Parise refuses to rip NJ Devils' struggling power play
Jacques Lemaire says they don't work together John Sokolowski/US PresswireZach Parise is marked by Toronto's Carl Gunnarsson in Devils' 2-1 shootout loss.The Devils went 0-for-4 on the power play Thursday night in Toronto and are now 0-for-14 in their last five games, but Zach Parise...
Devils' road woes continue with 2-1 shootout loss to Maple Leafs
Have lost four in a row, 10 of last 11 away from home John E. Sokolowski/US PresswireDevils left wing Andrew Peters and Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf and right wing Colton Orr create a scrum during the second period.TORONTO – It may have felt like a home game for David...
NJ Devils-Toronto Maple Leafs: As they play
Yann Danis starts in goal Ed Mulholland/US PresswireBrian Rolston (right), chasing Pittsburgh's Jordan Leopold Wednesday night, sat out the game in Toronto Thursday night with an undisclosed injury. The Devils faced the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. Yann...
Red tape prevents NHL from putting head hits rule in immediately
But league can use supplementary discipline Ed Mulholland/US PresswireColin White would like to see penalties called immediately on head hits.Red tape is preventing the NHL from taking immediate steps to curtail head hits this season. Although the league would like to put in a...
Brian Rolston sidelined by injury; Yann Danis gets start for NJ Devils
Paul Martin will play Martin Brodeur will have to wait for his 40th victory because Yann Danis will get the start against the Toronto Maple Leafs. John Munson/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias celebrates his goal and assist in Wednesday night's win over Penguins.The Devils will not have left...
Martin Brodeur on verge of 40th victory; no word on whether Paul Martin will play
Devils face Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre Ed Mulholland/US PresswireMartin Brodeur could go for his 40th victory Thursday night against the Maple Leafs.If he gets the start against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will have an opportunity for his...
Devils afternoon links: Domination of Penguins continues
Devils news, notes from around web John Munson/The Star-LedgerColin White and the Devils were able to corral Sidney Crosby and the Penguins for the sixth time this season.From The Star-Ledger:-- Devils continue domination of Penguins, gain tie for Atlantic Division lead with 5-2 victory--...
Your comments and a Mottau poll: Devils continue domination of Penguins
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community John Munson/The Star-LedgerPenguins Sidney Crosby is called for interference for knocking into Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. Marty was wearing a replica of his debut mask, and the Devils wore throwback uniforms. Fans on NJ.com are...
March 17, 2010
Paul Martin's comeback for NJ Devils better than he dreamed
Defenseman scores a goal after long layoff Thed Star-LedgerSidney Crosby (87) bumps goalie Martin Brodeur as Paul Martin (7) defends Wednesday night.Paul Martin could not have asked for a better comeback. After missing 59 games with a fractured left forearm, the defenseman scored a goal...
Rod Pelley fortunate to escape without misconduct penalty on hit from behind
Received major for boarding Alex Goligoski With the NHL looking to crack down on questionable hits, Devils forward Rod Pelley knew he was in trouble when he checked Pittsburgh's Alex Goligoski into the corner boards with 6:29 remaining Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. Bruce...
Devils continue domination of Penguins, gain tie for Atlantic Division lead with 5-2 victory
Complete season sweep of Pens as Paul Martin returns to lineup John Munson/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias wears a St. Patrick's Day hat when announced as the first star of the game.It doesn’t matter what the Devils wear. They still own the Pittsburgh Penguins this...
NJ Devils-Pittsburgh Penguins: As they played
Paul Martin returns after missing 59 games William Perlman/The Star-LedgerPaul Martin played his first game since Oct. 24.The Devils wore their original red, green and white colors Wednesday night when they hosted the Penguins at the Prudential Center. Paul Martin returned from a...
Paul Martin's left arm and wrist will be protected by two guards
Devils defenseman missed 59 games with fractured forearm William Perlman/The Star-LedgerDevils players wearing retro green pants and red helmets in practice Tuesday.Paul Martin, who'll play his first game since Oct. 24 when the Devils meet the Penguins Wednesday night at the Prudential...
Meat the press: Devils' Sherry Ross will be honored by NJ State House
She was first woman to do English NHL play-by-play for full game William Perlman/The Star-LedgerMartin Skoula wears the Devils' green pants prior to Wednesday night's game against Penguins. More than 35 years later, Sherry Ross can joke about her career path which led to the Devils'...
Bill Guerin: Devils deserve to be 5-0 against Penguins this season
Says nothing has been handed to his ex-club How have the Devils managed to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins five times this season? It happens. Tom Szcerbowski/US PresswwireBill Guerin credited the Devils for beating his Penguins five times this season. "When I was with the Islanders two...
NHL to adopt new rule to curb hits to head, according to reports
Likely will be in place by end of season Justin K. Aller/GettyBruins forward Marc Savard is taken off the ice earlier this month after sustaining a blindside hit to his head in a game against the Penguins.TORONTO -- The NHL wants to adopt a new rule against blindside hits to the head...
Your comments on Devils throwback uniforms - plus, win Rangers tickets
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community, and a reminder about our weekly contest. William Perlman/The Star-LedgerFor one night only, Devils players will wear their retro uniforms. Tonight, St. Patrick's Day, the Devils will don the throwback uniforms. They wore them in...
Martin Brodeur excited to wear original Devils colors and replica mask
He had goalie helmet painted red Al Bello/Getty ImagesMartin Brodeur will put this mask aside for one night when he wears a replica of his first NHL helmet Wednesday against the Penguins.No one is enjoying the chance to wear the Devils' original colors more than goaltander Martin...
Paul Martin will make Devils return against Penguins
Defenseman is ready to play after missing 59 games Their meeting took place on the Prudential Center ice at the conclusion of Wednesday's morning skate. William Perlman/The Star-LedgerRookie winger Vladimir Zharkov will remain out of the Devils' lineup Wednesday night.Coach Jacques...
Devils prepare for wearin' of the green, red and white
Martin Brodeur uses his red mask in morning skate William Perlman/The Star-LedgerPaul Martin took part in the Devils' Wednesday morning skate.Wearing everything but game jerseys, the Devils held a full Wednesday morning skate at the Prudential Center. For their Wednesday night game...

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