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April 30, 2010
Your comments: Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek wants answers
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Robert Sciarrino/The Star-LedgerDevils owner Jeff Vanderbeek The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere reports that the Devils will lose money this year because of the team's first-round playoff loss. This does not make Devils owner Jeff...
April 29, 2010
San Jose Sharks top Detroit Red Wings, 4-3
Sharks take 1-0 lead in best-of-seven Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesJoe Pavelski (8) of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his second goal of the game in the Sharks' 4-3 victory over Detroit.SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Pavelski picked up where he left off in the...
Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek focused on ending playoff failures
Loss to Flyers in first round will leave team losing money this year Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils owner Jeff Vanderebeek (with goalie Martin Brodeur) isn't smiling much these days after the team's failure in the playoffs.I get the feeling there will be significant changes with the...
Your comments: Who do the Devils trade?
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello Wednesday's Your Comments post started a heated discussion about which players Devils GM Lou Lamoriello should trade and which players he should keep.NJ.com member...
April 28, 2010
Your comments: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has lots of decisions to make
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere reports that Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello has to begin his search for a new coach as well as make many decisions about the team's...
April 27, 2010
Ken Hitchcock could be the perfect choice for Devils coach
Still under contract with Blue Jackets, he hasn't been contacted yet Tom Mihalek/APKen Hitchcock, still under contract to the Columbus Blue Jackets, said he'd like to return to the NHL as a coach.They are two of the great hockey minds of this era. While Jacques Lemaire decided he...
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has more on plate besides search for coach
Says he hasn't begun looking for Jacques Lemaire's successor John E. Sokolowski/US PresswireDevils backup goalie Yann Danis is an unrestricted free agent.Another summer. Another coaching search for the Devils. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said his search to replace...
Your comments on Devils coaching candidates
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevil great Scott Stevens (right) helped out Jaques Lemaire (left) as a sometimes assistant this season. Rich Chere calls Stevens an "extreme longshot" to replace Lemaire, but Devils fans are still voting...
April 26, 2010
Mario Tremblay, Ken Hitchcock top Devils coaching candidates
Both may have an edge on John MacLean Yong Kim/MCTFormer Flyers and Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock is a candidate for the Devils' job.There are several excellent candidates to become the Devils' next head coach. I've ranked them in order or probability:1. Mario Tremblay, 53 years old. A...
Ilya Kovalchuk says he will consider signing with Devils
He'll be unrestricted free agent July 1 Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk says he expects to talk to the Devils before July 1.Is there a Devils sweater in Ilya Kovalchuk's immediate future? He isn't saying. "I don't know right now," the Russian winger said this morning as...
Politi: The carousel spins again, but coaching is not the Devils' problem
There is a famous bit at the end of a Seinfeld episode that is relevant again today. George had just gotten a promotion he did not want from the Yankees, and as he walks toward the door, the voice of George Steinbrenner begins, "As painful as it is, I've had to let a few people go over...
Who will be Devils' next head coach?
Mario Tremblay, John MacLean both deserve a shot Now that Jacques Lemaire has decided to retire instead of coming back next season to coach the Devils, who takes over? Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerWill John MacLean finally get his chance to coach the Devils?Will John MacLean finally get his...
Your comments: Devils coach Jaques Lemaire retires; who should be the next coach?
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJaques Lemaire in a late-game timeout in the Devils-Flyers series Andy Marlin/Getty ImagesThen a Devils assistant, coach John MacLean talks to former Devil Barry Tallackson in a 2007 game. Should MacLean...
Devils veteran experience dej vu as another coach leaves
Brent Sutter last year, Jacques Lemaire this year Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-ledgerMartin Brodeur said he was shocked at Jacques Lemaire's retirement.The players were as shocked as anyone. But when the surprise of Jacques Lemaire's retirement began to wear off, there was the...
Jacques Lemaire drops bombshell on Devils: He'll retire rather than return
Says he's too tired as 65th birthday approaches in September Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire has stepped down as Devils head coach.There are some secrets within the Devils' organization that Lou Lamoriello doesn't know. After saying on Friday that Jacques Lemaire would be...
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire retires one season into second stint with team
64-year-old Lemaire spent six seasons on Devils bench Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire has retired as coach of the Devils.One season after returning to New Jersey to coach the Devils, Jacques Lemaire has decided to retire. And for the second straight offseason, the Devils will...
April 23, 2010
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello says he will try to sign Ilya Kovalchuk
Jacques Lemaire will be back as coach Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils GM Lou Lamoriello said coach Jacques Lemaire would be back next season.Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he doesn't know if it will be possible to sign Ilya Kovalchuk, but he promised he will try. In a...
Devils' Patrik Elias: I think we were good enough to win the whole thing
Offseason question marks include Ilya Kovalchuk Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerHas Ilya Kovalchuk played his last game for the Devils?Even in a dressing room of accomplished veterans and Stanley Cup winners, Ilya Kovalchuk stood out as someone special. When the Russian winger was acquired in...
Your Devils comments: Who and what are to blame for 3rd straight 1st-round exit?
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur looks behind him to see Flyers' goal No. 3 in Game 5, the nail in the coffin of the season and perhaps more for the Devils. Devils fans are disgusted after a Game 5 home...
Patrik Elias on Devils' loss to Flyers: Disappointment and disbelief
Inside a stunned Devils dressing room Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk (right) battles with Flyers forward Ian Laperriere. It was a stunned group of players in the Devils’ dressing room.Here are some of their thoughts: Was this team good enough? Patrik Elias: "No question...
April 22, 2010
Blocking shot with his face, Ian Laperriere showed why Flyers wanted series more
Jacques Lemaire defends Jamie Langenbrunner as captain Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerIan Laperriere of the Flyers suffered a gash above his right eyebrow when he was hit by a Paul Martin slap shot.Nothing illustrated the Flyers' passion and desire in their five-game playoff victory over the...
Zach Parise says Devils got out-worked by Flyers while getting bounced from playoffs
Also laments lackluster special teams play Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Zach Parise is taken to the boards by the Flyers' Kimmo Timonen in the second period.Zach Parise dutifully sat in his locker stall for a few minutes, as the NHL requires players to do when the media enters...
Politi: Are Martin Brodeur's days as a big-game goaltender over?
One can only wonder as Devils exit playoffs early again Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur struggled to stop the puck in Game 5 against the Flyers.This was the end of another Devils season tonight at the Rock. It felt like the end of an era, too. Martin Brodeur...
Taking a closer look at the Devils' 3-0 loss to Flyers in Game 5
Flyers' Claude Giroux serves as game changer, Devils face some major questions Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils goaltender Martin Brodeur congratulates Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher after the Flyers' 3-0 win in Game 5.Game changerSomeone had to step up for the Flyers with Jeff...
Devils eliminated from playoffs in 3-0 loss to Flyers in Game 5 of conference quarterfinals
Make third straight first-round exit Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur hangs his head late in the second period after the Flyers scored two goals, putting them up 3-0 in Game 5.Another spring. Another calamity.    The Devils tonight notched a hat trick...
Devils-Flyers Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 5 live blog
Devils are on the brink of elimination Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils will have to play with desperation in Game 5 if they are to stay alive in the playoffs.The Devils battle to stave off playoff elimination when they host the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the teams' first round...
Middletown's James van Riemsdyk likely to see more ice time as injuries take toll on Flyers
Loss of Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter opens door for rookie Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerJames van Riemsdyk played on the Flyers’ fourth line and registered one assist in the first four games of the series with the Devils.One man’s misfortune is another’s lucky break, of...
Flyers ready to play on without Carter, Gagne
Carter scored 2 goals in Game 4 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Flyers will have to play without Simon Gagne (12) and Jeff Carter in Game 5 tonight in Newark.Injuries were the topic of the day, naturally at the Flyers' morning skate. Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter are out for the rest of the...
Your comments: Furious Lamoriello boils over at Devils coaches
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils GM Lou Lamoriello in his brief period as the Devils coach during the 2007 playoffs. Well, the jelly jar has hit the wall, which probably means the you-know-what has hit the fan. NJ.com Devils fans...
Devils' Zach Parise still waiting for his first lengthy playoff run
'I had those expectations when I came in' Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerZach Parise reacts after the goal credited to Dainius Zubrus in Game 2. He was drafted by the Devils days after they won the Stanley Cup in 2003. The NHL lockout created a brief delay in Zach Parise's...
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire refused to believe Flyers injuries
Thought news about Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne was a ploy Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils coach Jacques Lemaire (left), talking to Scott Stevens on Wednesday, at first didn't believe the Flyers had two key players hurt.Jacques Lemaire was sure it was deception. Jeff Carter and Simon...
Upcoming: Devils Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 5 live chat
Submit your questions, comments for beat writer Rich Chere at 2:30 p.m. Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur have been hounded by the Flyers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. With Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Devils and...
Dean McAmmond, facing the end of his career, says Devils can win series
Veteran center: We're not a snuck-into-the-playoffs team Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDean McAmmond could play his last game in the NHL tonight.It is significant, of course, that Ilya Kovalchuk could play his last game for the Devils tonight if they fail to beat the Flyers...
Devils' Zach Parise: Everyone can play better
Believes comeback vs. Flyers is possible Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerZach Parise (right), shown with Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn, says the Devils can raie the level of their game.Zach Parise said he hasn't heard stories from teammates about the Devils' comeback in 2000. But he...
Some Devils remember playoff comeback against Flyers in 2000
Need to make it happen again down 3-1 in first round with Game 5 tonight Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerThen-Devils coach Larry Robinson has a heart-to-heart with Petr Sykora on the bench during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Flyers in 2000, the game in which the Devils...
April 21, 2010
Politi: Furious Lou Lamoriello lets Devils know results against Flyers are unacceptable
Postgame tirade by GM sends a serious message Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerLou Lamoriello, above, built three Cup winners on defense, discipline and desire, and the Devils showed little of the three in those final minutes of the Game 4 loss to the Flyers, says Steve Politi.The...
No joke. Flyers' Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will both undergo surgery
GM Paul Holmgren says they'll be lost for rest of series with Devils Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerFlyers forward Simon Gagne, shown with Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador, will miss the rest of the series along with Jeff Carter.Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren broke the news in a...
Ilya Kovalchuk: This won't be my last game for Devils because we'll win
After day of rest, Colin White says he'll play in Game 5 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerGame 5 against the Flyers could be Ilya Kovalchuk's last game for the Devils.Game 5 against the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night could be Ilya Kovalchuk's last game for the Devils. An unrestricted...
Devils aren't convinced Flyers will be without Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne
Jacques Lemaire has seen deception used before Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus watch dejectedly as the Devils lose Game 4 in Philadelphia.Jacques Lemaire isn't convinced that the Flyers will have to play Game 5 without Simon Gagne and Jeff...
Injuries KO Flyers' Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne for Game 5
Could be break Devils needed in playoff series Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerJeff Carter (17) will miss Game 5 for the Flyers, along with Simon Gagne.The series isn’t over. Although they trail three games to one in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the...
Devils owner isn't giving up on team's chance to come back against Flyers
Jeff Vanderbeek: I'm confident and supportive of our players Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils owner Jeff Vanderbeek liked the way Ilya Kovalchuk has performed in the playoffs against the Flyers.Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek isn't giving up. His team may be in a 3-1 hole against the...
Your comments on the Devils' playoff performance through Game 4
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-ledgerDevils goaltender Martin Brodeur looks up at the Flyers Jeff Carter (top left) celebrating with teammates after Carter scored the Flyers 4th goal in the 3rd period of Game 4 Hundreds of comments from...
A look inside the Devils' 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of NHL Playoffs
Taking a deeper look inside the Devils playoff loss to the Flyers Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPhiladelphia's offense was able to keep Martin Brodeur off-balance for the third period, allowing the Flyers to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. GAME CHANGER The Flyers’ Jeff Carter had...
Flyers are keeping it simple; Devils don't feel intimidated
Simon Gagne may have broken foot Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur lost his mask after giving up a third period goal to Dan Carcillo.The Flyers have beaten the Devils eight out of 10 times this season and they are one victory away from winning the Eastern Conference quarterfinal...
In face of 3-1 series deficit to Philadelphia Flyers, Devils still believe comeback is possible
Devils believe comeback is do-able; Lemaire may put Pandolfo in lineup for Game 5 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils coach Jacques Lemaire and his team are starting at a third-straight first-round playoff exit. DEVILS NOTEBOOK PHILADELPHIA— Is it do-able? Is there legitimate hope...
Shock and disappointment as Devils are pushed to brink by Flyers
Patrik Elias: We have to score some goals Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerZach Parise can't get one past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss.The hung their heads as they undressed inside the visitors' dressing room at the Wachovia Center. It was difficult to tell whether...
Philadelphia Flyers penalty killers stifle any chance of Devils comeback in Game 4 win
Flyers scored two power play goals in commanding win Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerJeff Carter (right) celebrates with Flyers teammates after Philadelphia's third goal in Tuesday's Game 4 win. PHILADELPHIA – Up two goals, midway through the third period, Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter...
April 20, 2010
Devils on the brink of elimination from playoffs after 4-1 loss to Philadelphia Flyers
Devils facing third straight one-and-done playoff appearance Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur allows Daniel Carcillo's shot to slip past him in the third period, putting the Flyers up 3-1. PHILADELPHIA – They have run out of excuses for first-round exits from...
Devils-Flyers Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 4 live blog
The Flyers lead the best-of-seven two games to one Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias had no shots on goal for the Devils in Game 3.The Devils take on the Flyers in Game 4 at the Wachovia Center. The Flyers lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1. A Devils victory will give them home ice...
Devils have to win one game in Philadelphia to move on in playoffs
Coach Jacques Lemaire: Let's play like there's no tomorrow Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerCoach Jacques Lemaire says the Devils must play like there is no tomorrow. Is Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals do or die for the Devils? "We have to be at our best," coach...
David Clarkson got advice from a master-- Scott Stevens
Devils assistant coach talked to distraught right winger Frank Conlon/The Star-LedgerScott Stevens, shown during his playing days, is a Devils assistant coach.The Devils could see that David Clarkson was extremely upset after taking two penalties-- one in overtime-- during Game 3 against...
Flyers' Matt Carle a one-man wrecking crew at morning skate
Shatters pane of glass and drills goalie Brian Boucher Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerFlyers defenseman Matt Carle (25) defends againt Matt Corrente (32) of the Devils in Game 3.Flyers defenseman Matt Carle was a one-man wrecking crew at the team's morning skate in the Wachovia Center. Carle...
Your Devils comments: What's gone wrong
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Left photo by Saeh Hindash/The Star-Ledger; right photo by Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils fans are worried about team leadership and line juggling - and that the captain, Jamie Langenbrunner (left), and the coach, Jaques Lemaire...
April 19, 2010
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire not singling out Ilya Kovalchuk
Jamie Langenbrunner takes blame for line's play Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJamie Langenbrunner defended Ilya Kovalchuk and took the blame for the line's play in the Game 3 OT loss to Philadelphia.Much of the talk Monday was about Ilya Kovalchuk and the fact that the Flyers held him...
Trailing Devils need more from star players as quarterfinal series heads to Game 4
Neither Ilya Kovalchuk nor Patrik Elias had a shot on goal in Sunday's loss Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk battles for the puck with Philadelphia's Simon Gagne in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Kovalchuk did not have a shot on goal all night.PHILADELPHIA...
Devils say on-ice officials missed penalty call against Flyers in overtime
Say there were too many men on the ice Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils captain Jamie Langenbrunner (left) said the the mood of the team is disappointed for losing Game 3.If coach Jacques Lemaire looked furious when linesman Mark Shewchyk called a penalty on the Devils for having too...
Flyers' Kimmo Timonen talks about holding Ilya Kovalchuk without a shot
Devils sniper came up empty in Game 3 loss Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen asked today about the team's ability to hold Ilya Kovalchuk without a shot in Game 3.   Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesChris Pronger checks Devils defenseman Andy Greene in Game 3.   “What...
Devils, trailing in series with Flyers, hold optional practice
Martin Skoula among 10 players to skate Maybe Jacques Lemaire and Lou Lamoriello let the Devils go home instead of staying in their hotel on the road. Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerMartin Skoula was one of 10 Devils to participate in an optional skate.Only 10 players took part in this...
Devils' Martin Brodeur a finalist for fifth Vezina Trophy
Up against Ilya Bryzgalov and Ryan Miller Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, which would be his fifth.Martin Brodeur has a shot at his fifth Vezina Trophy. The Devils goalie today was named a finalist for the 2009-10 Vezina along with...
Your comments on the Devils OT loss in Game 3
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesPatrik Elias doubled over in defeat as the Flyers mob Simon Gagne after his OT game-winning goal. The NJ.com Devils fan community is hopping (mad) in the aftermath of the Game 3 overtime loss Sunday night, and...
NJ Devils employee writes about hockey team for some state newspapers
NEWARK -- An employee of the New Jersey Devils hockey team has begun supplying articles about the team that have been printed in The Asbury Park Press and other New Jersey newspaper owned by Gannett, according to a report in The New York Times. The report said the newspapers don't pay for the...
April 18, 2010
NJ Devils notebook: Fraser tries to shake nerves, Kovalchuk stays out of the penalty box
Rookie defenseman Fraser didn't see the ice in the third period Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk stayed out of the penalty box Sunday night.By Rich Chere and Jenny Vrentas/Star-Ledger StaffPHILADELPHIA— Mark Fraser admitted he was nervous.Not at all...
Daniel Carcillo plays the hero for Philadelphia Flyers, despite logging only 7 minutes
Carcillo had 12 goals -- and 207 penalty minutes -- during regular season Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Flyers Claude Giroux and Simon Gagne jump on Dan Carcillo after Carcillo scored the winning goal in the Flyers' 3-2 overtime win.PHILADELPHIA – The play happened so quickly...
Devils wasted a vintage playoff performance from Martin Brodeur
Goalie stopped 31 shots in Game 3 loss Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerPaul Martin tries to block a shot while goalie Martin Brodeur reaches for the puck during the Devils' 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers in Game 3.His teammates said it was a crime to waste an effort like the one goalie...
Patrik Elias: I didn't play my best game
Devils forward didn't get a shot on goal in 3-2 overtime loss to Flyers Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Patrik Elias looks for a shot as Matt Carle defends for Flyers in Sunday night's third game.No one in Devils history has more game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup...
NJ Devils rail: Flyers' penalty kill team instrumental in Philly's 3-2 overtime win
The Devils still haven't won at the Wachovia Center this season Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Philadelphia Flyers Darroll Powe crashes Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils into the boards and down to the ice as they battled for the puck in the 2nd period of Sunday's...
Brodeur's heroics can't save NJ Devils in 3-2 OT loss to Flyers; Philly leads series 2-1
Brian Rolston had two power play goals in the loss Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur makes a diving save in the third period -- but not the one the Devils needed in overtime. PHILADELPHIA—Skating into the hornet’s nest known as the Wachovia...
Devils-Flyers Stanley Cup Playoff Game 3 live blog
Mark Fraser replaces Martin Skoula on defense Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMatt Corrente played in his second Stanley Cup playoff game.With the best-of-seven series even at 1-1, the Devils and Flyers in Game 3 tonight at the Wachovia Center. Devils coach Jacques Lemaire made a change on...
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette: It's great to be home in Philadelphia
Says there is lots of energy in Wachovia Center Yong Kim/MCTFlyers coach Peter Laviolette discusses strategy with defenseman Chris Pronger.The Flyers are back home after a split in New Jersey and coach Peter Laviolette spoke of the excitement of playing in the Wachovia...
Paul Martin's arm is fine but Devils' coach feels he can play better
Defenseman has played 15 games since returning from injury Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPaul Martin unleashes a slap shot during Game 2 against the Flyers.Paul Martin says his left wrist and forearm feel great. The Devils defenseman said he feels no lingering discomfort or restrictions...
Jacques Lemaire: Ilya Kovalchuk must learn to stay out of penalty box
Devils winger says he has to be more responsible Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Ilya Kovalchuk tangles with Flyers' Darroll Powe during Game 2 at the Prudential Center.Devils coach Jacques Lemaire liked Ilya Kovalchuk's tenacity during Game 2 of the team's playoff...
As series switches to Philadelphia, Devils prepare for Flyers to match up better against them
No getting away from Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger in Philly Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Zach Parise, putting Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger into the boards during Game 2, is sure to see even more of Pronger during Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia.With the shift of the Devils'...
April 17, 2010
Devils know series with Flyers will get tougher in Philadelphia
Zach Parise: They play more physical at home Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerColin White (right) battles with Mike Richards of the Flyers Friday night.The next two games between the Devils and Flyers will be in Philadelphia, not an easy place to play. “I guess in a perfect world it...
Did Devils play well at home because they were allowed to go home?
GM Lou Lamoriello gave players the option of staying in team hotel Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur, shown deflecting a shot from Flyers forward Arron Asham, said he was happy about not staying in the team hotel Thursday night.The practice of staying in a New...
Jamie Langenbrunner only Devils player not practicing
Game 3 vs. Flyers tomorrow in Philadelphia Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerColin White (center) is congratulated by teammates Mike Mottai (left) and Ilya Kovalchuk after scoring a goal in Game 2 against the Flyers.The Devils were back on the Prudential Center ice this afternoon with their...
Rookie Matt Corrente followed instructions in playoff debut
Devils defenseman skated at right wing Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMatt Corrente made his Stanley Cup playoff debut Friday night.Matt Corrente is one of the Devils' defensemen of the future. It just so happens he is one of the club's forwards of the here and now. The 22-year-old rookie...
April 16, 2010
Devils bounce back in Game 2 as Zach Parise plays inspired game
Breaking down Devils' 5-3 victory in Game 2 of Eastern Conference quarterfinals Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Zach Parise scores against Flyers goalie Brian Boucher in the first period.Game changerLots of heroes for the Devils – Ilya Kovalchuk was inspired, with two...
Devils top Flyers, 5-3, to even Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game apiece
Dainius Zubrus goal in third breaks 3-3 tie Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk brings down Darroll Powe of the Flyers in the second period.The Devils may have been looking at another first-round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs had they failed to salvage a two-game...
Devils-Flyers Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 live blog
Flyers lead series, 1-0 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk (17) will be trying hard to win his first career playoff game Friday night.The Devils try to get even in their playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of their playoff series tonight at the...
Jay Pandolfo will sit out second straight playoff game for Devils
Andrew Peters, Vladimir Zharkov also Game 2 scratches Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJay Pandolfo will sit out his second straight playoff game for the Devils.Jay Pandolfo will miss sit out his second straight playoff game when the Devils and Flyers square off in Game 2 of their best-of-seven...
Flyers' Chris Pronger ready to log a lot of minutes in series against Devils
Was matched up against both Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk in Game 1 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Flyers' Chris Pronger celebrates with Mike Richards after scoring the first goal for the Flyers in Game 1 against the Devils.Before the series began, the Devils may have wondered whether...
Flyers expect Devils to be desperate in Game 2
Philly will make one lineup change Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerFlyers defenseman Chris Pronger (20) played 30 minutes, one second in the Flyers' 2-1 victory in Game 1.Someone relayed to Flyers coach Peter Laviolette that the Devils' Jamie Langenbrunner said his team will need to play with...
Your comments: Is this team special? Plus - are you a bona fide NJ.com Devils fan?
Check out a great comment and learn how to get yourself in a gallery of NJ.com Devils fans. Photo submitted by NJ.com member devgirlDevgirl, a Bona fide NJ.com Devils fan NJ.com Devils fans have been great all season - and now that the playoffs have started, even more are showing up to...
Captain Jamie Langenbrunner believes Game 2 is critical for Devils
Flyers could take 2-0 lead in best-of-seven series Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils captain Jamie Langenbrunner (right) misses chance in third period during Game 1 as Flyers' Braydon Coburn (5) and Brian Boucher defend.Is it do or die for the Devils in Game 2 against the Flyers? Losing...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: I was too emotional in Game 1 vs. Flyers
Still looking for first playoff win Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils' Ilya Kovalchuk (left), talking to teammate Paul Martin, said he was too emotional for Game 1 against the Flyers.It was evident in the Devils' dressing room before Game 1 of their playoff series against the...
Brian Boucher's decade between playoff win was third longest ever
Devils look to even series with Flyers Christopher Pasatieri/US PresswireFlyers goalie Brian Boucher (right) plays puck ahead of Devils forward Patrik Elias (26) in Game 1.The Devils held a morning skate this morning at the Prudential Center as they look to even the best-of-seven series...
April 15, 2010
Should Flyers' dominance this season have Devils worried?
After winning Game 1 of playoffs, it's 6 of 7 for Philly Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerFlyers defenseman Chris Pronger moves in on Patrik Elias (26) during the Devils forward's scoring chance late in Game 1. Sometimes a team just doesn't match up well against another. Could that be the...
Ilya Kovalchuk: We have to bring our 'double-A' game
Pressure is on in Game 2 against Flyers Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk (17) says there is some pressure on the Devils after losing Game 1 to the Flyers.The pressure is on. A loss in Game 1 against the Flyers isn't a catastrophe, but dropping the first two games on home...
Vladimir Zharkov and Andrew Peters healthy enough to play
But will Jacques Lemaire change Devils lineup for Game 2? Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesVladimir Zharkov (right) says he's ready to play after a back injury.Andrew Peters and Vladimir Zharkov are ready to play. Now it's Jacques Lemaire's move to decide if the Devils need a lineup change for...
Flyers not content with split of first two games
Think they can play better in Game 2 than Game 1 Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerFlyers goalie Brian Boucher, here making a pad save on Jamie Langenbrunner, did not practice Thursday.Covering the Stanley Cup playoffs year after year, you get used to hearing a lot of the same quotes after every...
Andrew Peters practices with Devils
Could he play in Game 2? Christopher Pasatieri/Getty ImagesAndrew Peters (25) practiced with the Devils Thursday afternoon.Andrew Peters, who has been sidelined since March 25 with a scratched eye suffered in a fight with Jody Shelley of the Rangers, practiced with the Devils Thursday...
Your comments on the Devils Game 1 loss to the Flyers
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerFans seem to agree Ilya Kovalchuk struggled after the first period and looked nervous. NJ.com Devils fans are pretty bothered by Wednesday's Game 1 loss to the Flyers, and some have hit the panic button...
Flyers' penalty killers come up big in Game 1 victory over Devils
But don't want to keep putting selves at disadvantage with penalties Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils head coach Jacques Lemaire talks to his players during a timeout in the third period.When they needed someone to keep the Devils at bay in the first period, Brian Boucher stepped up...
April 14, 2010
Chris Pronger has words of praise for Flyers goalie Brian Boucher
Stopped 23 of 24 shots in Game 1 win over Devils Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDevils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (17) fires one of his four shots at Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.It was 10 years between playoff victories for Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. But who's counting? "You've seen over the last...
Pronger was everywhere for the Flyers, including on the scoresheet
It's a play that doesn't work often Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerChris Pronger whacks at the loose puck in front of Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur. Pronger scored the first goal of the game on the play.Chris Pronger did everything for the Flyers in Game 1. He played against the...
Devils refuse to believe Flyers have their number in the playoffs
Philly has now won six of seven this season Saed HIndash/The Star-LedgerCoach Jacques Lemaire called a timeout with 40 seconds left, but the Devils couldn;t get the tying goal. Do the Flyers truly have the Devils' number this season? After winning five of six during the regular season...
Flyers win Game 1 with goaltending, physical play
Breaking down the Devils' 2-1 loss in Game 1 of Eastern Conference quarterfinals Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' David Clarkson falls on top of Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher after being pushed after the whistle by Scott Hartnell.Game ChangerPerhaps no player is more vital to...
Flyers forward took a chance to set up the second goal
Devils coach thought the goal shouldn't have counted Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerA joyous Ian Laperriere celebrates teammate Mike Richards' goal, which he assisted on, with his teammates.Ian Laperriere took a chance and it paid off.Laperriere, the Flyers' veteran checking forward and...
Power play (0-for-5) let Devils down in Game 1 loss to Flyers
Ilya Kovalchuk: 'We tried to be too complicated' Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDavid Clarkson's nose is bloodied by a high stick from Oskars Bartulis, but the Devils failed to score on the resulting 4:00 power play in the third period.It was the turning point of the game, as far...
CBA product James van Riemsdyk 'comes full circle' with Flyers in playoffs against Devils
Middletown native witnessed Devils winning 2003 Cup as a 14-year-old Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Flyers' James van Riemsdyk puts the Devils' Rod Pelley into the boards during the first period of Game 1.No one had to put an arm around James van Riemsdyk and explain anything to him about...
Devils open playoffs with 2-1 loss to Flyers in Eastern Conference quarterfinals
Flyers have now won six of last seven meetings with Devils Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils goaltender Martin Brodeur makes a save on the Flyers' Arron Asham in the first period.The Flyers’ regular-season dominance of the Devils was no fluke.    Continuing where they...
Devils-Flyers Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1 live blog
The journey to the Stanley Cup Finals starts tonight Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils fan Dave Decker, of Hackettstown, is ready for the playoffs to begin against the rival Philadelphia Flyers.The Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series...
Rod Pelley anxious to make Stanley Cup playoffs debut with Devils
Ready to face Flyers in Game 1 John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerRod Pelley (left) should give the Devils some added physical presence against the Flyers.For the past three years, Rod Pelley has been a spectator for the Stanley Cup playoffs.Although he had 67 regular season NHL games under his...
Flyers relish role of underdog against the Devils
Philadelphia not crowing about their 5-1 regular season mark over the Devils Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe Flyers, led by goalie Brian Boucher (33) celebrate their shootout victory over the Rangers that sent them to the playoffs.The Flyers are embracing their role as underdogs in the...
Your comments on all the Devils line juggling
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerWhat does Devils coach Jaques Lemaire have up his sleeve for the Flyers? Devils coach Jaques Lemaire has done it all year, and he's doing it again - maybe. The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere reported Tuesday...
Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner: My mind was in a jumble
Jacques Lemaire says winger is in best frame of mind for playoffs Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerJamie Langenbrunner says he is in a good frame of mind entering the playoffs.Just a week before the Stanley Cup playoffs were to begin, Jamie Langenbrunner was the unhappiest Devil. The fact that...
Jay Pandolfo won't play for Devils in Game 1 vs. Flyers
Hasn't missed playoff game since 1998 Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesJay Pandolfo won't play in Game 1 against the Flyers.Despite his 131 games of Stanley Cup playoff experience, Jay Pandolfo will not be in the Devils' lineup for Wednesday night's first game against the Flyers. The last time...
Zach Parise and Travis Zajac: North Dakota should keep Fighting Sioux
Devils forwards say it's a respected symbol Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerFormer University of North Dakota star Travis Zajac isn't happy to see the school give up its nickname. Zach Parise and Travis Zajac wore the Fighting Sioux logo on their college hockey uniforms with pride. So...
Devils anticipating a nasty series against Flyers
Zach Parise: 'That's how they play' Yong Kim/MCTDevils defenseman Bryce Salvador (right) tangles with Dan Carcillo of the Flyers during the regular season.Will it be the nastiest playoff series since the brawling '70s? Not if the Devils can help it. As they prepare for...
An open letter to Devils fans from owner Jeff Vanderbeek
He'll hand out t-shirts at Newark's Penn Station at 6 p.m. Here is an open letter from Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek to Devils fans: Sharon Adarlo/The Star-LedgerDevils owner Jeff Vanderbeek addressed an open letter to fans.Dear Devils Fans: This is the time of the year we all...
Devils will have Fan Fests prior to playoff games
To be held at Championship Plaza   Star-Ledger file photoThe Devils will hold Fan Fests in Championship Plaza at the Prudential Center before home playoff games.Devils will celebrate their home playoff games starting today with pre-game Fan Fests held in Championship Plaza beginning...
Zach Parise says regular season series with Flyers no factor in playoffs
Winger says Devils are playing better Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerZach Parise said the Devils aren't worried about what happened against the Flyers during the regular season.Zach Parise isn’t concerned about the way the Flyers dominated the Devils during the regular season. Five out...
A look at the Stanley Cup playoffs: matchups, favorites and the X-factors
Will Ovechkin lead the Capitals all the way? Is this the year San Jose can follow their solid regular season with a similar postseason? We'll wait and see. Chuck Myers/MCTThe Washington Capitals have more than just Alexander Ovechkin this year -- look out.Eastern Conference:No. 1...
NJ Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Breaking down Round 1 of the Stanley Cup matchup
The Flyers got the best of the Devils throughout the season Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Devils' Zach Parise still fights for the puck while laying on the ice as Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers takes the puck during a game in December.Devils vs. FlyersDevils: 48-27-7...

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