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April 30, 2012
Devils hot topic: Would you tweak roster, lines for Game 2?
Did you like the new lines from Game 1? Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerShould Peter Harrold, left, be replaced by Adam Larsson in Game 2? Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere says that it "will be interesting to see if coach Pete DeBoer sticks with his lines" in...
Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk a menace in the crease
James van Riemsdyk was face down in front of the crease getting hacked, whacked, pushed and shoved by Martin Brodeur. The goalie tried everything to stop JVR, and it still wasn’t enough. View full sizeStaff photo by Tim HawkA shot by Danny Briere of the Flyers...
Devils coach Pete DeBoer: I'll sleep on possible Game 2 changes
Was busing home from Philadelphia worth it? Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils captain Zach Parise addresses the media today. Pete DeBoer’s new lines received mixed reviews after Game 1 against the Flyers. Even the Devils’ coach wasn’t sure...
Devils: With Ilya Kovalchuk hurting, is confidence wavering?
Flyers are a confident group heading into Game 2 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur leaves the ice after losing Game 1 to the Flyers. The announcement today from a Devils spokesman that winger Ilya Kovalchuk was receiving therapy, he would meet...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk gets 'therapy' for mysterious injury
Winger unavailable to media today Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils Petr Sykora (left) and Ilya Kovalchuk look dejecyed during Game 1 loss to Flyers. Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk did not speak with the media today. He was, according to a team spokesman, getting...
Travis Zajac says new line had mixed returns in Game 1 against Philadelphia Flyers
Doesn't know if new combinations coming Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerTravis Zajac scores the 2-2 tying goal on Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov during the 2nd period. Travis Zajac admitted that his new line didn't get off to the greatest start. Paired with Ilya...
Devils do not practice; hold team meeting before returning to Philadelphia
Game 2 Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils and Alexei Ponikarovsky did not practice today after a Game 1 loss to the Flyers. The Devils chose not to practice today, holding a team meeting before busing to Philadelphia. Game 2...
Devils hot topic: Should Flyers' winning OT goal have been nullified?
'Definitely van Riemsdyk pushed my stick over when he came across,' said Martin Brodeur Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur is screened by James van Riemsdyk as the Flyers scored in overtime to win Game 1. Philadelphia beat the Devils in overtime to...
April 29, 2012
Politi: Ilya Kovalchuk puts on another disappearing act in Devils' loss
Kovalchuk is now a minus-5 in the playoffs Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesAll Ilya Kovalchuk could do was watch as Danny Briere fueled the Flyers' Game 1 overtime win. PHILADELPHIA — It is a surefire way to make Ilya Kovalchuk disappear — and no, all you...
Flyers' Danny Briere continues playoff heroics with overtime winner against Devils
Briere has 106 points in 104 career playoff games Michael Bryant/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCTFlyers' Danny Briere scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the 4-3 win over the Devils. He now has 106 points in 104 career playoff games. PHILADELPHIA — As he...
Devils captain Zach Parise won't call Game 2 a 'must-win'
Coaches Pete DeBoer, Peter Laviolette weigh in Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Andy Greene drew a penalty for hooking Eric Wellwood of the Flyers around the neck. PHILADELPHIA -- Devils captain Zach Parise refused to call Game 2 against the Flyers as a...
Flyers' Danny Briere talks of winning OT goal against Devils
Didn't think he kicked in disallowed goal until he saw replay PHILADELPHIA -- The postgame transcript from Flyers forward Danny Briere, who scored the overtime winner against the Devils in Game 1: Q: So is this a situation if you don’t score the first time...
Devils' Martin Brodeur endures a punishing Game 1 against Flyers
New Jersey native James Van Riemsdyk makes goalie's job tough Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerFlyers forward James VanRiemsdyk is in the face of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in Sunday's first game of their playoff series. PHILADELPHIA – By the time Martin...
Devils lose Game 1 to the Flyers, 4-3, in overtime
Danny Briere scores the game-winner 4:36 into overtime Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIREDanny Briere scored two goals in the Flyers' 4-3 win over the Devils, including the game-winner in overtime of Game 1. PHILADELPHIA – After two straight overtime victories to win...
Devils-Flyers Eastern Conference semifinals Game 1: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Ilya Bryzgalov Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils and Patrik Elias opened the conference semifinals against the Flyers Sunday. PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday at...
Devils will wait until pregame warmup to make lineup decisions
Coach Pete DeBoer says there are health issues Jim O'Connor/US PresswireDevils center Stephen Gionta said he isn't worried about a physical series with the Flyers. PHILADELPHIA -- Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he will wait until the pregame warmup before making a...
Devils' Martin Brodeur expects to get up close and personal with Flyers
Game 1 today at Wells Fargo Center Eric Hartline/US PresswireThe Devils will face Claude Giroux and the Flyers in Game 1 today in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA -- Devils goalie Martin Brodeur knows what is coming. The Devils and Flyers will meet in Game 1 of their...
Politi: Martin Brodeur a constant in net for Devils while Flyers shuffle through goaltenders
Has faced 14 different Flyers goalies Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur has faced off against 14 different Flyers goaltenders. As if stopping a frozen hunk of rubber 35 to 40 times a night wasn’t mentally taxing enough, we made Martin Brodeur an...
April 28, 2012
Devils' Patrik Elias and Zach Parise agree: Jaromir Jagr still amazing at 40
Bryce Salvador says left arm is okay Alex Brandon/APThe Devils will face Jaromir Jagr and the Flyers in the second round of the playoffs. Patrik Elias was a 14-year-old kid back in what was then still Czechoslovakia when Jaromir Jagr made a splash with the Pittsburgh...
Devils know it's about to get rough against Flyers in second round
Coach Pete DeBoer says team can match Philly's physical play Eric Hartline/US PresswireDevils' Ilya Kovalchuk (17) KOs Brayden Schenn of the Flyers during Feb. 4 fight. The road to the Stanley Cup gets bumpy on the stretch that goes through south Philadelphia. It...
Sports hot topic: Can Devils stop Flyers' Claude Giroux?
Flyers' forward flashed brilliance in Round 1 series win over Penguins Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerClaude Giroux had four goals and three assists in six games against the Devils this season. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called Claude Giroux the best player...
Devils set to open second round of playoff Sunday in Philadelphia
Game 1 is at 3 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerAlexei Ponikarovsky and the Devils open the second round of the playoffs Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Devils, who open the second round of the playoffs against the Flyers Sunday afternoon...
NHL playoffs hot topic: Who's making it out of the Eastern Conference semifinals?
Devils, Flyers, Rangers fans, here's your chance to have it out William Perlman/The Star-LedgerCould we see a rematch of the classic 1994 Eastern Conference Finals with a Devils-Rangers matchup? What will the Eastern Conference Finals matchup be? The Atlantic...
NHL Playoffs Preview: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Devils
Can Martin Brodeur stop high scoring Flyers forwards Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIREThe high-scoring Claude Giroux will be a threat for the Flyers that the Devils will need to deal with. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers (47-26-9, 103 points) vs. No. 6 Devils (48-28-6, 102...
NHL Playoffs Preview: Rangers vs. Washington Capitals
Matchup of two hot goalies in Holtby and Lundqvist Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIREMarian Gaborik will be vital for the Rangers in their second round series with the Capitals. No. 1 Rangers (51-24-7, 109 points) vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals (42-32-8, 92 points) Begins...
April 27, 2012
Devils hot topic: Who do you dislike more - Flyers or Rangers?
Devils have seen New York and Philly often in postseason Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils and Flyers are no strangers, and neither are the fan bases. There are four teams left in the Eastern Conference, including the Devils' top two rivals. If the Devils get...
Double OT goal by Devils' Adam Henrique joins list of team's most memorable
It was rookie's second goal in Game 7 against Panthers Brad Barr/US PresswireDevils center Adam Henrique (left) battles Florida's Scottie Upshall during first round. Adam Henrique never stopped impressing his teammates this season, initially by stepping in as the...
Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello: First-round win was big for organization
Predicts second round against Flyers will be 'a great series' Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils rookie Adam Henrique's overtime goal in Game 7 against the Panthers was big for the entire organization. For an organization that insists nothing short of a...
Devils hot topic: Who is your Round 1 MVP?
Hard to say there's a clear-cut winner, so make your case After a nail-biting Game 7, during which it seemed like the theme of this post might turn out to be "Who's your goat for Round 1?" the question is a more positive one, and we have a fresh new series on the...
NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Semifinal Previews
Blues-Kings; Coyotes-Predators Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRELos Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick is the X-Factor in the Kings-Blues series. No. 2 Blues (49-22-11, 109 points) vs. No. 8 Kings (40-27-15, 95 points) SEASON SERIES Kings, 3-1 KEYS TO THE SERIES Blues C...
Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers: A look ahead
Flyers won season series 3-2-1 Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesMartin Brodeur and the Devils will face Danny Briere and the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round of the playoffs. Flyers (5) vs. Devils (6) Flyers (3-2-1) won the season series with the Devils (3-3-0) in...
Devils: No time to rest after Adam Henrique scores winner in 2nd OT
Second round against Flyers begins Sunday afternoon Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesDevils captain Zach Parise (9) can't get to a puck in the crease during Game 7 against the Panthers and goalie Jose Theodore. SUNRISE, Fla. – Let the brawling and cheap shots...
Devils know they won't have it easy in next round against Flyers
Haven't beaten Philly in playoffs since 2000 comeback Devils Ilya Kovalchuk (17), Steve Bernier (18) and Dainius Zubrus (8) come off the bench to congratulate Adam Henrique on his winning goal in the second overtime. SUNRISE, Fla. -- Devils captain Zach Parise...
Devils defeat Florida Panthers 3-2 in double-overtime of Game 7 of Eastern Conference quarterfinal to advance to face Philadelphia Flyers
Adam Henrique scores game-winner Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE The Devils celebrate their victory against the Florida Panthers in the second overtime period of game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at BankAtlantic Center. The Devils won 3-2. SUNRISE, Fla...
April 26, 2012
Devils-Panthers Game 7 Eastern Conference quarterfinals: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Jose Theodore Robert Mayer/US PresswireDevils coach Pete DeBoer faced his former Florida Panthers team in Game 7 Thursday night. SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Devils looked to extend their season when they faced the Florida Panthers Thursday night in Game 7...
Devils' Eric Boulton, not in lineup, tries to keep teammates loose
Veteran winger says team success is all that matters John E. Sokolowski/US PresswireDevils winger Eric Boulton remains upbeat despite being on the sidelines during the playoffs. SUNRISE, Fla. -- Devils winger Eric Boulton came off the BankAtlantic Center ice and...
Devils' Patrik Elias ready for another dramatic Game 7
Recalls scoring series-winner in Philadelphia in 2000 Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerDevils forward Patrik Elias, shown in his earlier days, will play in another Game 7. SUNRISE, Fla. -- Devils center Patrik Elias was just 24 years old when he played what some might...
Your Devils comments: Fourth line continues to come up big
Highlighting the best comments on NJ.com Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerSteve Bernier and the Devils' fourth line have been a thorn in the Panthers' side all series long. Steve Bernier got the Devils on the board in Game 6 with a gritty goal, just by throwing the puck on...
Devils would face Philadelphia Flyers or Washington Capitals next
Must beat Florida Panthers in Game 7 Robert Mayer/US PresswirePanthers goalie Jose Theodore took part in the morning skate today. The Devils, who play Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Florida Panthers Thursday night at the...
April 25, 2012
Devils' Peter Harrold makes smooth transition from AHL to NHL playoffs
Kovalchuk excited for first-ever Game 7 Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerPeter Harrold already has two assists this post season despite being called up less than a month ago. In less than a month, Peter Harrold has gone from AHL call-up to skating in the NHL playoffs. And...
Devils hot topic: Which Game 7 is your favorite of all time?
Devils set for 14th Game 7 in franchise history Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJeff Friesen flies into the arms of Grant Marshall as Brian Rafalski comes up to celebrate Friesen's game-winning goal against the Ottawa Senators late in the 3rd period of Game 7 of the 2003...
Devils' Martin Brodeur set to play in his 10th career Game 7
Bring a wealth of experience into deciding 8:30 p.m. game against Panthers Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur will play in his 10th Game 7 Thursday night. Martin Brodeur will never forget some Game 7s. A 3-0 shutout against the Ducks to win the...
Your comments on Devils' 3-2 overtime win over Panthers in Game 6
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com The Devils shook off the ghosts of some recent home-ice eliminations and forced Game 7 with a 3-2 overtime win over the Panthers on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. It was a bite-your-nails, pace-around-the-room...
Devils do not practice after tying series with Panthers, 3-3
Game 7 will be in Florida Thursday night Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils center Travis Zajac scored the overtime goal that forced a Game 7 against the Panthers. Having evened their best-of-seven series with the Florida Panthers at three games apiece, the Devils did...
Devils hot topic: What was the key to Game 6 win?
Vote in our poll and discuss with other Devils fans The Devils' season isn't over just yet. A thrilling 3-2 overtime win in Game 6 means there's at least one more do-or-die game for New Jersey to play this postseason. But before we start looking ahead to Game 7...
Devils' fourth line unheralded but productive as Steve Bernier scores goal in Game 6 win over Florida Panthers
Has two goals this series Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Steve Bernier, center, reacts as he begins to celebrate his first period goal with Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28), Stephen Gionta (11), Ryan Carter (20) and Peter Harrold (10) against the Florida Panthers...
Politi: Devils shake off ghosts of past eliminations to force Game 7 against Florida Panthers
Win in overtime saves questions for later Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovakchuk scores their second goal on Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen during the 2nd period of the Devils 3-2 win. The fans were bracing for the dejected march through the handshake line...
Devils' Martin Brodeur will be in goal for his 10th Game 7
Credits team with sticking to game plan to win Game 6 against Panthers Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Peter Harrold (10) hits Forida's Shawn Matthias during Game 6. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has been here before. Nine times he has been in goal for a...
Devils' Pete DeBoer: I would've taken one game to decide the whole series
Team celebrates Travis Zajac's overtime goal Chris Chambers/Getty ImagesThe Devils rush to celebrate Travis Zajac's winning goal in overtime Tuesday night. If asked before the playoffs began, would Devils' coach Pete DeBoer have taken one game to decide the entire...
April 24, 2012
Devils stay alive with 3-2 overtime victory over Florida Panthers, forcing Game 7 in Eastern Conference quarterfinals
Travis Zajac scores winning goal Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Travis Zajac (19) celebrates his game winning goal in OT along with Ilya Kovalchuk (17) and Zach Parise (9) as Florida Panthers left wing Tomas Fleischmann (14) skates away during Game 6 of Eastern...
Devils-Panthers Game 6 Eastern Conference quarterfinals: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Scott Clemmensen Jim O'Connor/US PresswireScott Clemmensen was back in goal for the Panthers against his former Devils teammates. Hoping to avoid elimination from the playoffs, the Devils hosted the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at the Prudential...
Politi: Michael Yormark's comments to Devils fans make you wonder who rat truly is
Panthers president's blind accusations on Twitter lead to sparring with Devils fans Eliot J. Schechter/NHL via GettyPanthers president Michael Yormark, right, accused Devils fans of throwing plastic rats on the ice during Game 5 of the playoff series between the...
Devils' Adam Larsson trying to remain upbeat around teammates
But rookie is angry about not playing in playoffs Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Adam Larsson said it is frustrating not being able to play. Devils defenseman Adam Larsson is angry about his failure to crack the lineup so far in the playoffs. But he...
Devils' Pete DeBoer says team is 'a little angry and focused'
Expects team to play best game tonight vs. Panthers Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDevils winger David Clarkson, battling Florida's Tomas Kopecky, says he isn't worried about scoring goals. The Devils say they are confident they'll extend their playoff series with the...
Devils won't face injured Panthers goalie Jose Theodore in Game 6 tonight
Scott Clemmensen will get emergency start Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesPanthers goalie Jose Theodore will not face the Devils and Patrik Elias in Game 6. The Devils can expect to face former teammate Scott Clemmensen in Game 6 of theor playoff series with the Florida...
Panthers president Michael Yormark berates Devils fans on Twitter
Twin brother of Nets CEO spars with New Jersey fans over rat tossing in Florida Eliot J. Schechter/NHL via GettyPanthers president Michael Yormark, right, pictured with center Stephen Weiss earlier this month, has sparred with Devils fans on Twitter ahead of tonight's...
Devils' Petr Sykora: 'I'm not planning on this being my last game'
Jose Theodore absent from Panthers' morning skate Devils winger Petr Sykora thought about the possibility that Game 6 tonight against the Florida Panthers could be his last. "Of course it goes through your mind a little bit, but I'm not planning on it being my...
Devils hope Game 6 against Panthers won't be season finale
Optional morning skate before vital match Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerWiull Will this be Zach Parise's final game for the Devils? The Devils held an optional morning skate today in preparation for the game they hope will extend their season. Game 6 against the...
Devils hot topic: Give your predictions and star of Game 6
Can Devils send series back to Florida for decisive Game 7? Who will come up big? Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerWill Zach Parise lead the Devils to a Game 6 victory tonight at Prudential Center? It's desperation time for the Devils, who are one loss away from...
April 23, 2012
Panthers announce they will no longer sell plastic rats at home hockey games
Fans had thrown toy rats on ice at wrong time, team president says CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The rats can still fly -- when appropriate -- at Florida Panthers hockey games. They just won't be for sale there anymore. And the team says opposing fans are to...
Devils' Martin Brodeur: Losing to Rangers in '94 would be tougher than this
Says hardest loss was in Stanley Cup finals Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDevils assistant coach Larry Robinson has some advice for goalie Martin Brodeur. It won’t be easy for goalie Martin Brodeur to stomach a first-round exit from the playoffs if the Devils are...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk on facing elimination: 'We're not done yet'
Says he's '110 percent' healthy Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils forward Ilya Kovalchuk (17) says he needs to shoot more instead of passing. The often-present smile vanished from Ilya Kovalchuk’s face. He may or may not be hurting, but he is...
Devils hot topic: What would you say to rally the team?
If you coached Devils, how would you get them fired up trailing 3-2 in playoff series? Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils coach Pete DeBoer speaks to his team; what would you say to rally the troops? Devils coach Pete DeBoer addressed his team before leaving Florida...
Devils back on the ice in preparation for do-or-die Game 6
Practice today at AmeriHealth Pavilion Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerCam Janssen has yet to crack the Devils' lineup in the playoffs. The Devils were back on the ice today as they prepared for a do-or-die sixth game against the Florida Panthers. Game 6 will be played...
April 22, 2012
Devils-Panthers start time set for 7:30 on Tuesday
Local television carrier will be MSG Plus Game 6 between the New Jersey Devils and the Florida Panthers is set to begin at 7:30 on Tuesday, the team confirmed Sunday. The Devils, down 3-2 and facing another early exit from the playoffs, will need to win at the...
Devils' coach Pete DeBoer addressed team after Game 5 loss
In a rare moment, he spoke to players before flight home Robert Mayer/US PresswireCan the Devils pull together and save their season? It’s a rarity for Devils coach Pete DeBoer to address his players after a game or on a flight back home following a road...
Devils' Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur could be facing final game for club
Goalie thinks he'll be back; captain won't discuss it Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesDevils captain Zach Parise talks to assistant coach Larry Robinson (top left) and head coach Pete DeBoer (top right) during Game 5 loss in Florida. Ilya Kovalchuk is on bench at...
Panthers right wing Kris Versteeg puts Martin Brodeur, Devils, in a bad place
Brodeur left his net to retrieve the puck only to see Versteeg beat him to it By Andy Kent/ For The Star-Ledger SUNRISE, Fla. — Less than two weeks ago the Florida Panthers and their fans were just happy to be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now the Panthers are...
April 21, 2012
Devils have lost last four home games facing playoff elimination
Captain Zach Parise: 'We're confident. We don't care about the past' Michael Laughlin/MCTDevils center Patrik Elias (26) can't get the puck by Panthers goalie Jose Theodore in Game 5. SUNRISE, Fla. -- Here is what the Devils are facing as they try to...
Is Devils' winger Ilya Kovalchuk playing with a serious injury?
Goalie Martin Brodeur isn't thrilled with plastic rats tossed by Panthers fans Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesDevils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (17) pulls down Florida's Tomas Kopecky with 33.9 seconds remaining in Game 5. Kopecky was awarded a goal because the net was...
Devils shut out by Panthers, 3-0, staring down another early playoff exit
With Game Six looming, Devils trail 3-2 SUNRISE, Fla. – Unless the Devils can win the final two games of a playoff series for the first time since 2007, they will have to endure another early exit from the postseason. A power play goal from Kris Versteeg...
Devils-Panthers Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Jose Theodore Ed Mulholland/US PresswireMarek Zidlicky and the Devils faced the Florida Panthers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Devils returned to Florida Saturday night for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference...
Devils' Steve Bernier, who fought way back to NHL, enjoying key role in playoffs
Fourth line has been important against Panthers Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDevils winger Steve Bernier (center) celebrates his goal in Game 43 with Stephen Gionta (left) and Peter Harrold. SUNRISE, Fla. -- Steve Bernier thought he had built a pretty good reputation...
Devils: Special teams are the keys to beating Panthers in playoffs
Penalty kill was six-for-six in Game 4 Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDevils; backup goalie Johan Hedberg (left) congratulates Martin Brodeur on his 24th career playoff shutout. SUNRISE, Fla. -- If the Devils are to win their series against the Florida Panthers, they...
Devils hot topic: What are your playoff superstitions?
Growing a playoff beard? Upload your photos to NJ.com Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils fans have had to watch an up-and-down series. What are your playoff superstitions? We think you'll agree with us when we say there truly is nothing like playoff hockey. Whether...
Devils have optional morning skate before Game 5 vs. Panthers
Jose Theodore may be in goal for Florida Brad Barr/US PresswireJose Theodore may be back in goal for the Florida Panthers. SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Devils held an optional morning skate today at the BankAtlantic Center, an hour early because of the 6:30 p.m. starting time...
Devils teammates believe Adam Henrique is the obvious choice for Calder Trophy
Henrique is one of three finalists for the award given to the NHL's top rookie Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIREDevils center Adam Henrique was named one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie yesterday. It came as a surprise to almost no one...
April 20, 2012
Devils' winger David Clarkson has no problem if series gets nasty
Ilya Kovalchuk: This is probably not my best series Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Dainius Zubrus tries to avoid Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen in Game 4. The Devils and Panthers may be avoiding the escalated nastiness seen in other playoff series around...
Devils, Adam Henrique look to take control of series with Panthers
Seventeen players recalled from Albany Jim O'Connor/US PresswireDevils rookie Adam Henrique looks for a rebound from goalie Scott Clemmensen in Game 4. It came as a surprise to almost no one that 22-year-old Devils center Adam Henrique was named a finalist for the...
Devils' Adam Henrique one of three finalists for Calder Trophy
Others up for top rookie award are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog Ed Mulholland/US PresswireDevils center Adam Henrique is one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy at top rookie. Devils center Adam Henrique is one of the three finalists for the...
Martin Brodeur: Devils fans, how do you feel about him now?
Fans were wary of a Brodeur start in Game 4 - now we ask if there's a major playoff run left in the Devils' legend Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur makes a 3rd-period glove save in Game 4 against the Panthers on his way to his 24th career playoff...
In Devils' win over Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk's goal brings some relief
It was a celebration that seemed unbefitting of the circumstances. Ilya Kovalchuk looked up to the rafters, then let out a deep exhale, followed by a spark of jubilation. He had just blasted the puck past Scott Clemmensen, the exclamation point on Thursday night’s 4-0 victory over the Florida...
April 19, 2012
Devils' Martin Brodeur sets shutout record in win over Panthers
24th career shutout passes Patrick Roy Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils winger David Clarkson tries to fight Florida's Erik Gudbranson after taking exception to a hit into the corner boards. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has snatched another record from Patrick...
Politi: It's Zach Parise, the Devils' captain, who provides tonic for any hangover
The team cannot let him leave via free agency this summer Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Zach Parise (9) against the Florida Panthers during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs. Zach Parise walked into the Devils locker room as a rookie seven years...
Devils' fourth line coming up big in series against Panthers
Stephen Gionta sets up key third period goal by Steve Bernier Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils center Stephen Gionta (11) celebrates with Steve Bernier after the latter's key third period goal. The Devils' big guns came through. Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk both...
Devils down Panthers, 4-0, as Martin Brodeur finds redemption
Series now even at 2-2 Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur stops a shot by the Panthers Jerred Smithson during the 2nd Period. There were those who wondered whether Martin Brodeur would be able to shake off the disappointment of being pulled in Game 3 of the...
Devils-Panthers Game 4 Eastern Conference quarterfinals: As they play
Jason Garrison out for Panthers with lower body injury Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesScott Clemmensen started in goal for the Panthers. Martin Brodeur was back in goal for the Devils Thursday night as they faced the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference...
Devils' Pete DeBoer: I have no problems with Ilya Kovalchuk's game
Says criticism is not warranted after three games against Panthers Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils' Ilya Kovalchuk sits on the boards during a timeout in Game 3. Devils coach Pete DeBoer isn't about to criticize Ilya Kovalchuk three games into the Stanley Cup...
Panthers' Kevin Dineen slightly more kind today about Pru Center ice
Coach says 'players were falling' during Game 3 Tom Szcerbowski/US PresswirePanthers coach Kevin Dineen was slightly more kind today about the ice at the Prudential Center. Having criticized the ice at the Prudential Center after the morning skate prior to...
Panthers' Scott Clemmensen confirms he'll start Game 4 against Devils
Goes against Martin Brodeur in first Stanley Cup start at age 34 Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesPanthers goalie Scott Clemmensen is congratulated by teammate Brian Campbell after winning Game 3 against the Devils in relief of Jose Theodore. Scott Clemmensen cautiously...
Devils: Anton Volchenkov will remain in lineup for Game 4 vs. Panthers
Veteran defenseman refuses comment; rookie Adam Larsson won't play Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Anton Volchenkov will remain in the Devils' lineup for Game 4. Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will remain in the lineup for Game 4 against the Panthers...
Devils: David Clarkson, Petr Sykora, Patrik Elias skip morning skate
Defensemen Andye Greene, Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky also sit out Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils' goalie Martin Brodeur will be back in goal for Game 4 after being pulled in Game 3 against the Panthers. The Devils held an optional morning skate today at the...
Devils hot topic: Should Martin Brodeur be in net for 'must-win' Game 4?
Hall-of-Fame goalie was pulled early in Game 3 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur watches Game 3 from the bench after being pulled in favor of Johan Hedberg. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has not been great in this first-round playoff series against the Florida...
April 18, 2012
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk ready to 'take charge' as team faces must-win Game 4
Captain Zach Parise says it's unfair to put too much on Russian's shoulders Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Ilya Kovalchuk, knocked down by Ed Jovanovski during Game 3, called Thursday night's game against the Panthers a must-win. It has less to do...
Devils look at Game 4 of series vs. Florida Panthers as a must-win
Down 2-1 in the series Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur sits on the bench after being pulled early in the 2nd period against Florida Panthers during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs. The morning after blowing a 3-0 lead to...
Devils' Pete DeBoer admits Anton Volchenkov struggling against Panthers
Defenseman has been on ice for 9 of Florida's 10 goals Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils center Travis Zajac (left) and defenseman Anton Volchenkov huddle during Tuesday night's Game 3 loss. Devils coach Pete DeBoer admitted today that defenseman Anton...
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello: Momentum change in playoffs is psychological
Team has blown three-goal lead twice in its Stanley Cup history Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils Patrik Elias (left) and Zach Parise leave the ice after Tuesday night's loss to the Panthers. What happened to the Devils' team that won it's last six games of the...
Devils hot topic: What was the worst part about Game 3 loss?
Plenty to choose from after blowing three-goal lead; vote in our poll Other than the three-goal flurry in the opening minutes of Game 3, not much good can be said of the Devils in their stunning 4-3 defeat to the Panthers last night at Prudential Center. There are...
Publically-funded arenas create jobs
In Newark, both the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center were both funded by government spending. Watch video John Munson/The Star-LedgerN.J. Devils managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek said he regretted ever bringing the team to...
Devils coach Pete DeBoer doesn't have explanation for Game 3 collapse vs. Panthers
Also, Panthers complain about Prudential Center ice Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesThe Devils left the ice tonight stunned after the Panthers erased a 3-0 lead to win 4-3 and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Martin Brodeur isn’t ready to throw in the...
Politi: After another playoff meltdown in Game 3, Devils have time to prove themselves
Devils surrender 3-0 lead in 4-3 loss Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily NewsDevils goalie Martin Brodeur allows a goal to Panthers left winger Sean Bergenheim in the Devils' 4-3 loss. He was later taken out of the game and replaced. Ten minutes passed. Then 20. Then...
Devils' Patrik Elias blames himself for Game 3 loss after penalty, turnover
Veteran says: 'Cost us the hockey game' Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils winger Patrik Elias hangs his head during 4-3 loss to Panthers in Game 3. Devils winger Patrik Elias came straight to the point. He cost the Devils a hockey game and it has put them...
Former Devils backup goalie Scott Clemmensen comes back to haunt Devils in Panthers' win
Clemmensen, once Brodeur's backup, comes in as substitute and shuts Devils out Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIREScott Clemmensen, once a back up to Martin Brodeur in New Jersey, came in for the Panthers in the first period and shut the Devils down the rest of the way...
April 17, 2012
Devils' Martin Brodeur surprised to be pulled; will start Game 4
Goalie: 'You don't expect it when you're not losing. I'm sure it was a good reason' Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur makes a save just before losing his mask as defenseman Andy Greene (6) lands on him. Devils goalie Martin...
Devils' Steve Bernier doesn't feel he interfered with goalie on disallowed goal
Ruling was incidental contact with Scott Clemmensen Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPanthers goalie Scott Clemmmensen argues that Devils winger Steve Bernier (18) interfered on Marek Zidlicky's disallowed goal in the second period. Devils coach Pete DeBoer studied...
Devils fall to Panthers, 4-3, as they squander three-goal lead
Panthers now lead the series, 2-1 Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Panthers celebrate what proved to be the game-winning goal in the second period. The goal came against Johan Hedburg, who had replaced Martin Brodeur after he allowed three consecutive goals. Paranoid...
Devils-Panthers Game 3 Eastern Conference quarterfinals: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Jose Theodore Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerPetr Sykora and the Devils faced the Florida Panthers in Game 3 Tuesday night. The Devils returned to the Prudential Center to face the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: We can't allow Panthers to dictate pace of play
Putting shots on net also a key for Game 3 Alan Maglaque/US PresswireIlya Kovalchuk says the Devils can't let the Panthers dictate the pace of play. The Devils can't let the Florida Panthers dictate the pace when the two teams meet Tuesday night at the Prudential...
Politi: Stanley Cup playoffs have never been better -- just ask Devils enforcer Cam Janssen
He has a point: Ratings are way up. Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils' enforcer Cam Janssen (left), shown in a regular-season fight with Brandon Prust of the Rangers, thinks the physical playoffs makes for great theater. The violence-filled first round of the...
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen rips condition of Prudential Center ice
'It will make for a very sloppy game' James Guillory/US PresswirePanthers coach Kevin Dineen criticized the Prudential Center ice today. Will the condition of the ice be a factor in the Devils-Panthers playoff series? Panthers coach Kevin Dineen had some...
Devils' David Clarkson enjoys mean play in Flyers-Penguins series
Would like to see it get rougher against Panthers Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesDevils Adam Henrique (14), Ilya Kovalchuk (17) and Marek Zidlicky (2) in Game 2. Devils' winger David Clarkson said he would have no problem if this series against the Florida Panthers got a...
Devils' Martin Brodeur and David Clarkson: The personal battle goes on
Long-running friendly jabs continue in playoffs Christopher Pasatieri/Getty ImagesDevils' winger David Clarkson (right) continues his friendly verbal jousting with teammate Martin Brodeur. The Devils did not have to stay together as a team in a New Jersey hotel Monday...
Devils prepare for Game 3 against Florida Panthers
Adam Larsson on early to take shots Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Adam Larsson was on the ice early today to take shots. The Devils, who took Monday off, were back on the ice for their morning skate today. Rookie defenseman Adam Larsson was out early...
Devils-Panthers hot topic: How will they play at The Rock?
They played well at home during the season, but the Devils' playoff trend has been shaky - what's gonna happen this week? As the Devils return to The Rock to continue their 1-1 opening-round playoff series against Florida, The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere points...
Jeff Vanderbeek: Setting the record straight on Cory Booker's attacks
The Devils' owner responds to the Newark mayor's recent attacks on him and the team. Watch video John Munson/The Star-LedgerN.J. Devils managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek said he regretted ever bringing the team to Newark following a feud with...
April 16, 2012
Devils-Panthers series missing nastiness... so far
Yapping has been the worst in first two games Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesCenter Patrik Elias (right) says the Devils have to keep their composure in Game 3. Compared to some of the other series in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the first two games between the...
Devils haven't played well at home in recent playoffs
3-9 in their last four series at home Brad Barr/US PresswireDevils goalie Martin Brodeur is upended as teammates Andy Greene trips Florida's Marcel Goc in Game 2. It will be home sweet home for the Devils in Game 3 of their conference quarterfinal series with the...
Devils' Zach Parise: Two games without a goal is no reason to worry
Team gets as day off with series even, 1-1 Brad Barr/US PresswireDevils captain Zach Parise is stopped by Panthers goalie Jose Theodore in Game 2. Devils captain Zach Parise is still waiting for his first goal of the 2012 playoffs. It is, after all, only two games...
Sports hot topic: Too many fights, dirty hits in NHL playoffs? (Videos inside)
Several suspensions and controversial hits have defined 2012 playoffs so far Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesThe Penguins' Arron Asham received a match penalty (game misconduct) for cross checking and then punching a defenseless Brayden Schenn on Sunday. USA Today reports...
Devils hot topic: Should Pete DeBoer juggle lines for Game 3?
Changes led to two third-period goals, but Devils coach switched back before game ended Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesAdam Henrique, left, and Ilya Kovalchuk worked well together when coach Pete DeBoer briefly juggled his lines in the third period in Game 2 on Sunday. The...
Devils' coach Pete DeBoer: Special teams were the difference
Rookie Adam Henrique:'We knew the game wasn't over starting third period Brad Barr/US PresswirePanthers forward Stephen Weiss (9) scores one of his two goals against the Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur in Game 2. SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Devils fell to the...
Devils take comfort in knowing split in Florida gives them home ice
Series shifts to Prudential Center Tuesday night Robert Duyos/MCTFans litter the BankAtlantic Center ice with plastic rats after the Panthers evened their playoff series with the Devils at one game apiece. SUNRISE, Fla. – By splitting the first two games against...

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