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March 31, 2013
Devils' Steve Bernier: 'We need to learn how to play with a lead'
Tim Sestito assigned to Albany (AHL); Dainius Zubrus ready to return? They are still holding onto seventh place, but the Devils know they wasted an opportunity last week to solidify an Eastern Conference playoff position. By securing only three of a possible six...
March 30, 2013
Devils' Henrik Tallinder points to bad bounces in club's late-game breakdowns
Defenseman picked up assist on power play in first game back from injury SUNRISE, Fla. -- Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder had seen the Devils blow a lead late in Friday night's game in Tampa from his seat in the press box. Tonight he saw it up close as the Devils...
Devils blow lead, lose in overtime, 3-2 to Panthers
Panthers tie it with 27 seconds left in regulation, win it 1:43 into OT SUNRISE, Fla. – In an Eastern Conference dogfight for playoff spots, the Devils aren’t picky when it comes to putting points in the bank. But they are losing too many points that may...
As they play: Devils vs. Panthers at Sunrise, Fla.
Martin Brodeur vs. Jacob Markstrom SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Devils completed a three-game road trip tonight when they faced the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Martin Brodeur made his fifth straight start in goal for the Devils. Jacob Markstrom was in net for the...
Devils' Matt D'Agostini: I wasn't hurt on hit to head by Nate Thompson
Lightning forward suspended for two games by NHL SUNRISE, Fla. – There was no feeling of satisfaction from Devils winger Matt D’Agostini when the NHL suspended Lightning forward Nate Thompson two games without pay for delivering an illegal check to the head...
Adam Henrique's double OT goal vs. Panthers was Devils' stepping stone
It was a big moment for Devils and coach Pete DeBoer SUNRISE, Fla. – It is the the overtime goal he scored against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals last year that Devils forward Adam Henrique hears about the most. But without his double overtime...
Devils' Pete DeBoer: 'There are no do or die road trips or games'
Adam Larsson will return to lineup against Panthers SUNRISE, Fla. – Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he was pondering some lineup changes for tonight’s meeting with the Florida Panthers. One of those changes will be defenseman Adam Larsson going back in...
March 29, 2013
Devils: Martin Brodeur will start against Florida Panthers
Matt D'Agostini plays his 'best game yet' for Devils TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin Brodeur will start again tomorrow night against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. It will be the Devils’ first game there since Adam Henrique’s overtime winner in...
Lightning defeat Devils, 5-4, in shootout behind Ryan Carter's shorthanded goal
Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos scores 24th and 25th goals of the season TAMPA, Fla. — The Devils relied on their biggest weapon of this season in an attempt to overcome the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight — the shorthanded goal. Ryan Carter scored the...
As they play: Devils vs. Lightning at Tampa
Martin Brodeur vs. Mathieu Garon TAMPA, Fla. -- The Devils faced the Tampa Bay Lightning and rookie coach Jon Cooper tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Alexei Ponikarovsky returned from a groin injury for the Devils. Martin Brodeur was in goal against Tampa Bay's...
Devils' prospect Reid Boucher signs amateur tryout contract with Albany (AHL)
Will join Jon Merrill for remainder of season TAMPA, Fla. -- The Albany Devils today signed Reid Boucher to an amateur tryout agreement. He will join defenseman Jon Merrill, who left the University of Michigan and also signed an amateur tryout contract, on the AHL...
Devils: Mark Fayne will replace Adam Larsson on defense
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Stephen Gionta and Bryce Salvador will be in vs. Lightning TAMPA, Fla. -- The Devils will make a change on defense when they face the Lightning tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mark Fayne will replace Adam Larsson in the Devils...
Devils' Pete DeBoer vs. Lightning's Jon Cooper: Lawyer vs. lawyer
Debut behind NHL bench tonight for new Tampa Bay coach TAMPA, Fla. -- It will be lawyer vs. lawyer when Lightning coach Jon Cooper makes his NHL debut tonight against Devils coach Pete DeBoer. Cooper, who watched Tuesday night's game in the press box with GM Steve...
March 28, 2013
Devils' Martin Brodeur needs quiet time on game days as he hits 40
No longer talks to media on morning of games TAMPA, Fla. – During the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur decided to end a longstanding policy of talking to the media on the morning of games. He was, to be fair, one of the few...
Devils: Salvador, Ponikarovsky, Gionta all questionable but likely to play vs. Lightning
Alexei Ponikarovsky skated on fourth line today TAMPA, Fla. -- Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he will decide whether Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryce Salvador and Stephen Gionta play tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the morning. All three practiced today at...
Devils: Penguins may have the firepower but we have chemistry
Players are rested, some sunburned, after two days at a resort TAMPA, Fla. – While the Devils were itemizing their injury list and resting for two days at the Innisbrook Resort, the Pittsburgh Penguins were busy building a powerhouse that some view as unbeatable...
Alexei Ponikarovsky rejoins Devils; Bryce Salvador, Stephen Gionta practice
Dainius Zubrus remains in New Jersey TAMPA, Fla. -- Alexei Ponikarovsky, sidelined with a lower body injury, joined the Devils today as they practiced at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Defenseman Bryce Salvador and center Stephen Gionta also practiced. Both left Monday's...
March 27, 2013
Devils may need to acquire goal-scorer with Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined
Possibility of deal for Jaromir Jagr unlikely TAMPA, Fla. – Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is looking to acquire a forward who can add some scoring punch to a lineup that will be without Ilya Kovalchuk until just prior to the Stanley Cup playoffs. But as...
Devils set to sign Jon Merrill to entry-level contract; will play in Albany (AHL)
Defenseman will sign amateur tryout deal to play in AHL Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he is working towards signing defenseman Jon Merrill to a three-year entry level contract and indicated the prospect would play the rest of this season at Albany...
March 26, 2013
Devils: Outside chance Alexei Ponikarovsky could join team in Tampa
Bryce Salvador, Stephen Gionta injuries not serious TAMPA, Fla. – It is doubtful but not completely out of the question that Alexei Ponikarovsky, recovering from a lower body injury, could rejoin the Devils in Tampa or Sunrise later this week. Dainius Zubrus...
Devils: Bryce Salvador and Stephen Gionta resting with team in Florida
Captain and center suffered injuries in shootout loss in Ottawa OTTAWA -- The Devils, who earned an important point in Monday night's shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, will get a couple of days off in Florida. Having flown to Tampa after the game at Scotiabank...
March 25, 2013
Devils got a big play from Marek Zidlicky to earn point against Senators
Defenseman's goal in third period was vital OTTAWA-- Defenseman Marek Zidlicky came through with the tying goal for the Devils to night when he cut across the ice away from Ottawa's Dave Dziurzynski to the right circle and roofed a shot at 6:05 of the third...
Devils lose Salvador, Gionta in shootout loss to Senators
Bryce Salvador suffers lower body injury and Stephen Gionta goes out with upper body injury. OTTAWA – The Devils headed for a resort outside of Tampa, Fla., immediately after Monday night’s battle with the Ottawa Senators. A medical center might’ve...
As they play: Devils vs. Senators at Ottawa
Martin Brodeur vs. Ben Bishop OTTAWA -- With Ilya Kovalchuk out of the lineup because of a right shoulder injury, Travis Zajac was given an A to serve as alternate captain as the Devils faced the Ottawa Senators tonight at Scotiabank Place. Martin Brodeur will madk...
Devils: Patrik Elias will play left point on power play; MRI for Ilya Kovakchuk
Kovalchuk's absence on special teams a challenge for Devils OTTAWA – Perhaps the biggest hole Ilya Kovalchuk leaves in the Devils’ lineup is on the power play and penalty-killing units. Kovalchuk, who underwent an MRI on his right shoulder today which...
Devils: Matt D'Agostini will skate in Ilya Kovalchuk's spot on top line
Team takes inspiration from Ottawa Senators in overcoming key injuries OTTAWA – Matt D’Agostini was looking for a bigger role than the one he had with the St. Louis Blues this season. He was not, however, expecting to replace Ilya Kovalchuk in the...
Devils, without Ilya Kovalchuk, prepare to meet Ottawa Senators
Henrik Tallinder is on road trip OTTAWA -- The Devils had a full morning skate today at Scotiabank Place as they prepared for tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who has been sidelined with a sprained ankle, is on the trip. Ilya...
March 24, 2013
New Devils' RW Matt D'Agostini expected to get an opportunity with Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined
Former Blues winger had 21 goals and 25 assists in 82 games the 2010-11 season Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello can’t predict the future, but his acquisition of right winger Matt D’Agostini is looking like a stroke of genius in the aftermath of Ilya...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk out two to four weeks with shoulder injury
Devils embark on a three-game road trip beginning Monday night in Ottawa Devils right winger Ilya Kovalchuk, who suffered a right shoulder injury when he crashed hard into the end boards in the third period of Saturday night's 2-1 victory over Florida, will be...
This is 40: Jason Kidd joins a busy club of 40-somethings in sports
Martin Brodeur, Kurt Thomas, Mariano Rivera have made headlines this season Martin Brodeur was sitting in front of his locker one day last week, marveling at the random deterioration of his body. He had suffered a pinched nerve in his back, which led to numbness in...
March 23, 2013
Devils' Martin Brodeur notches career win No. 666
Captain Bryce Salvador avoids knee injury in brawl at conclusion of game Martin Brodeur is now 2-0 since returning from a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck, but tonight’s victory was a number significant to some. It was career win No. 666 for...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk will miss time after suffering right shoulder injury
Tim Sestito not seriously hurt crashing into boards after cross-check Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk will be sidelined for at least a short period of time-- if not longer-- after suffering a right shoulder injury with 10:53 remaining in tonight's victory over the Florida...
Devils beat Panthers, 2-1, but Ilya Kovalchuk suffers apparent shoulder injury
Russian sniper left game in third period after crashing hard into end boards The Devils moved four points ahead of the idle Rangers and Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but their 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers tonight at Prudential Center came...
As they play: Devils vs. Panthers
Matt D'Agostini makes Devils debut Martin Brodeur will make his second straight start in goal for the Devils tonight when they host the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. Newly-acquired right winger Matt D'Agostini will make his Devils debut. Krys Barch and...
Matt D'Agostini will make Devils debut tonight against Panthers
Florida Panthers are a different team than one Devils met in playoffs Matt D'Agostini, acquired by the Devils Friday in a trade with the St. Louis Blues, will be in the lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. Coach Pete DeBoer said during the...
March 22, 2013
Devils get good news on the injury front
Goalie Martin Brodeur says he feels fine after his first action in over a month Finally, some good news from the Devils' training room. One game after goalie Martin Brodeur and center Andrei Loktionov returned to the lineup - Brodeur reported no discomfort today, left...
Devils acquire RW Matt D'Agostini from St. Louis
Devils moved back into a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over Carolina on Thursday night The Devils acquired right winger Matt D'Agostini and a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from St. Louis in exchange for New Jersey’s conditional...
March 21, 2013
Devils finally win a game on the road after going 0-4-2
Last victory away from home was by Martin Brodeur on Feb. 21 RALEIGH, N.C. – Finally, a victory on the road for the Devils. Tonight’s 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena was their first road victory since Feb. 21 in Washington. They had gone...
Devils' Andrei Loktionov enjoys his own comeback from injury
Scores fifth goal after returning from shoulder injury RALEIGH, N.C. – Martin Brodeur wasn’t the only Devils player to enjoy a successful comeback. Andrei Loktionov, back in the lineup after missing two games and most of a third with a left shoulder...
Martin Brodeur scores goal in return as Devils top Hurricanes, 4-1
Brodeur helps Devils end three-game losing streak and move back into playoff position in win. RALEIGH, N.C. — The Devils probably would have trusted Martin Brodeur if he had asked to pilot the plane back to New Jersey. Appearing in his first game in a month...
Devils' Martin Brodeur scores third NHL goal
Second goalie to score power play goal RALEIGH, N.C. -- Martin Brodeur of the Devils became the first NHL goalie to score three goals when he was credited with a power play goal in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Devils were on a...
As they play: Devils vs. Hurricanes in Carolina
Martin Brodeur makes first appearance since Feb. 21 RALEIGH, N.C. -- Martin Brodeur was back in goal as the Devils faced the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at PNC Arena. Brodeur's last appearance came Feb. 21 in Washington. Dan Ellis started in goal for the...
Devils' Pete DeBoer has been forced to juggle his lines
Injuries, scoring slumps may be hurting team's chemistry RALEIGH, N.C. – Chemistry matters when it comes to putting lines together, and keeping the same forwards together as long as possible usually contributes to that chemistry. But Devils coach Pete...
Devils: Andrei Loktionov will center first line; Tim Sestito in
No change on defense as Mark Fayne will sit RALEIGH, N.C. -- Andrei Loktionov will return to the Devils' lineup after missing two games with soreness. He will center the Devils' first line with Adam Henrique at left wing and Ilya Kovalchuk on the right side. "I feel...
Devils have optional practice before facing Carolina Hurricanes
Martin Brodeur set to make first start since Feb. 21 RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Devils will hold an optional practice this morning at PNC Arena as they prepared to face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in yet another important game. Both teams will enter the game with 32...
March 20, 2013
Devils winger Alexei Ponikarovsky day to day with lower body injury
Did not accompany team to Carolina RALEIGH, N.C. -- Devils left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky did not accompany the team to Raleigh and will not play in Thursday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The team said Ponikarovsky is day to day with a lower body...
Devils' Martin Brodeur confirms he'll start against Carolina Hurricanes
Back from pinched nerve in upper back; last played on Feb. 21 Martin Brodeur is quite possibly the greatest goaltender in NHL history. He is not, however, a miracle worker. The temptation for the Devils is to think that the return of Brodeur from a pinched nerve in...
Devils: Alexei Ponikarovsky sidelined; Andrei Loktionov practices
Andrei Loktionov practices as team prepares for Hurricanes Devils left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky, who did not play the third period of last nught's loss to the Rangers, was unable to practice today because of an undisclosed injury. Center Andrei Loktionov, who has...
Martin Brodeur is finally back, but can he save the Devils season?
Devils have gone from a contender to a crisis without their Hall of Fame goalie. Martin Brodeur skated off the ice Tuesday morning after testing his sore back one more time, then said the five words that will make Devils fans weak in the knees with...
March 19, 2013
Devils lose Alexei Ponikarovsky to undisclosed injury
Captain Bryce Salvador says team has to play tighter defense The Devils are already missing their first line center as Andrei Loktionov recovers from an undisclosed injury. Now they are likely to be without the left winger on their top line after Alexei Ponikarovsky...
NY Rangers get key saves from Henrik Lundqvist, injection of offense in 3-2 win over the Devils
The Rangers had one of their most complete efforts in recent games with the win over New Jersey. One night after the Rangers regained their confidence, they found their offense as well. The Blueshirts scored three times in New Jersey and kept the Devils off the board...
Devils fall to Rangers, 3-2, putting team one spot out of playoffs
Devils are now 3-8-2 since Martin Brodeur went down with injury Dropping out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference was incomprehensible to the Devils three weeks ago. Being passed in the standings by the rival Rangers made it even more difficult to stomach as...
As they play: Devils vs. Rangers
Johan Hedberg makes 13th straight start The Devils and Rangers met for the second time this season as Martin Brodeur returned from a pinched nerve in his back to dress as backup for Johan Hedberg. Hedberg made his 13th consecutive start in goal. Andrei Loktionov, Tim...
Devils prospect Ben Johnson arrested on sexual assault allegations
Johnson drafted No. 90 overall by Devils in 2012 Ben Johnson, an 18 year old drafted No. 90 overall by the Devils in the NHL Draft last year, has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 16 year old and 20 year old woman Sunday in Windsor...
Devils activate Martin Brodeur; send Jeff Frazee to Albany (AHL)
Rookie appeared in first NHL game The Devils activated goalie Martin Brodeur from injured reserve this afternoon and assigned Jeff Frazee to Albany (AHL). Frazee appeared in his first NHL game on Mar. 9 in Carolina when he took over for Johan Hedberg. He played 19...
Devils' Andrei Loktionov still sore from a hit he cannot remember
Center says it happened in Friday night's game in Philadelphia He apparently did not suffer a concussion, but Devils center Andrei Loktionov said he doesn’t remember who hit him during the first period of Friday night’s game in Philadelphia. It was a...
Devils' Martin Brodeur avoided surgery which would've ended season
Goalie: 'That was not an option' Devils goalie Martin Brodeur could’ve seen his season come to an end if his pinched nerve hadn’t responded to medication well enough to relieve the pain and inflammation. Although there were no plans for surgery...
NY Rangers-Devils: Can the Rangers get past a team without Martin Brodeur?
A preview of tonight's Rangers-Devils matchup in New Jersey. The New York Rangers (14-12-2) will play the New Jersey Devils (13-10-6) at the Prudential Center tonight. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET. Here are four lines about tonight's matchup and the teams' recent...
Devils recall Tim Sestito from Albany (AHL)
Center takes Stefan Matteau's spot on roster Devils center Tim Sestito has 94 penalty minutes at Albany (AHL). Bruce Fedyck/USA Today   The Devils today recalled center Tim Sestito from...
March 18, 2013
Devils' David Clarkson calls clash with Rangers 'a must win'
Coach Pete DeBoer: Rivalry takes a backseat to picking up points With the Rangers so close in the standings and the Devils still in jeopardy of falling out of a playoff spot, right winger David Clarkson said tomorrow night’s game is even bigger than...
Devils' Martin Brodeur thinks he'll be ready to start in Carolina
Coach, teammates happy to see him back for practice After his first practice with the team today in three weeks, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said he will probably be ready to start Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. But the...
Devils' Martin Brodeur won't start vs. Rangers; could dress as backup
Pinched nerve in upper back caused numbness Martin Brodeur won't start in goal for the Devils tomorrow night when the face the Rangers at Prudential Center, but me may dress as backup. Johan Hedberg will get the start, his 13th in a row, but Brodeur said if he feels...
Devils: Martin Brodeur practices with team for first time since injury
Has been sidelined with sore back since Feb. 24 Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, on injured reserve with a sore back, participated in his first practice with the team since experiencing the problem during the pregame warmup on Feb. 24. Backup Johan Hedberg has started 12...
March 17, 2013
Devils send Stefan Matteau back to junior team
Left winger has played 17 NHL games The Devils today sent left winger Stefan Matteau back to his junior club, Blainsville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 17 games for the Devils this season, Matteau had three points (one goal, two assists) and...
Devils: Did Jacques Caron save Martin Brodeur's career?
Suggested young goalie change approach after knee surgeries Did Jacques Caron, who was honored by the Devils last night, save Martin Brodeur’s career? When he was just starting out back in the early 1990s, Brodeur had some knee issues that required surgery. The...

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