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April 30, 2010
MacLean will get look from Lou
Despite a recent history of age issues with his head coaches, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he won't necessarily be seeking a young, fresh face to coach his team next season. "It's going to be the best person for the job. Older, younger, it has to be...
Devil of a job
Despite a recent history of age issues with his head coaches, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he won't necessarily be seeking a young, fresh face to coach his team next season. "It's going to be the best person for the job. Older, younger, it has to be...
April 29, 2010
Devils will 'make every effort' to sign Kovalchuk
Lou Lamoriello said today he would trade for Ilya Kovalchuk again, even knowing the Devils would fail in the playoffs, and the team will "make every effort" to sign the free agent. "There's no question he is someone that we would like to re-sign," Lamoriello told WFAN. "We'll...
Devils will give MacLean 'every consideration' to become coach
Lou Lamoriello said today "there is no bigger fan of John MacLean" than he, and the former Devils star will be given "every consideration" to become head coach of the team. Claiming "no process would take place for a couple of weeks," Lamoriello told WFAN today that MacLean did an...
April 27, 2010
Devils lose Lemaire to retirement
It's more than just a case of preferring The Devil You Know to the Devil You Don't. Jacques Lemaire's resignation actually hurts New Jersey's chances to keep Ilya Kovalchuk. Once a team's playoffs are over, a coach becomes a recruiting tool, and once more the...
Hey, Lou, MacLean deserves the shot
Lou Lamoriello has a his tory of reaching into winning organizations when conducting his seemingly annual head-coaching searches, with the GM's focus trained primarily on Montreal, where they actually have not won anything meaningful in 17 years. Now that Jacques Lemaire, whose first tenure in New Jersey from 1993-94...
April 24, 2010
For the after-math: Lemaire in, Ilya out?
Despite so much going so wrong for so long, general manager Lou Lamoriello said he expects Jacques Lemaire to return as Devils coach next season. "There's no question he will be back, unless you know something I don't know," Lamoriello said yesterday in the wake of his team...
April 23, 2010
Devils GM: Lemaire will be back; wants to keep Kovalchuk
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello today said Jacques Lemaire "no question will be back" as Devils coach next season "unless there's something I don't know." Lamoriello spoke in the wake of Thursday's first-round elimination in Game 5 against the Flyers. "I would be very surprised if there were...
Kovalchuk thankful for chance with Devils
If the first-round exit overshadows his team-leading scoring when it's time for free agency, Ilya Kovalchuk says he'll still thank the Devils. "It's a business, and I appreciate the chance they gave me," Kovalchuk told The Post. "If I had to do it again, I'd do...
Doomsday for devils
Humiliated and eliminated, the Devils must brace for the fallout after three straight first-round playoff exits. It ended so abominably for the Devils, the toast of the NHL at New Year's, mere toast today. Meekly, they were knocked from the playoffs in five games by the Flyers, bombing out...
An era of greatness ends with a whimper
TO a man, the Devils not only will say but did say they were a better team than they showed in their five-game first-round defeat to the Flyers that ended with last night's 3-0 Game 5 whimper of a loss on home ice, and to that I would respond...
Jersey loses in 1st round -- again
Humiliated and eliminated, the Devils must brace for the fallout after three straight first-round playoff exits. It ended so abominably for the Devils, the toast of the NHL at New Year's, mere toast today. Meekly, they were knocked from the playoffs in five games by the Flyers, bombing out...
April 22, 2010
Devils' season over, Flyers finish series in 5
The Philadelphia Flyers were the last team into the Stanley Cup playoffs, but are the first to reach the second round. Given a second chance to knock out the Devils 10 years after squandering their first opportunity, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was brilliant on Thursday night as Philadelphia won 3-0...
Devils loss tonight would force changes
The Devils stand at a turning point, regardless of tonight's outcome. They need three straight victories over the Flyers to prevent the weight of three straight first-round playoff exits from bringing down the house. If they don't become the 22nd team in NHL history to survive the 3-1...
Win-or-die time versus Flyers at 'Rock' tonight
There was not much chuckling. The mood was somber, practice subdued, as the Devils prepared to confront the Grim Reaper tonight. Yet they saw glints of hope that they still could live tomorrow, bolstered by the injuries the Flyers suffered, and because they think they know how to beat Philly...
April 21, 2010
Flyers put Devs on brink
PHILADELPHIA -- The serenade that wafted down from the upper decks is premature, but the Devils will need a miracle comeback mightier than the one they staged on these Flyers in 2000 to keep it from ultimately proving true. "It's all over," the orange-clad fans sang in the final...
Lou's thin blue line becomes invisible
PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils don't need Larry Robinson kicking over a trash can in a post-game tirade the way he did 10 years ago when the then New Jersey head coach's team fell behind the Flyers 3-1 in the Eastern finals before storming back to win in seven...
Devils lacking consistency on offense
PHILADELPHIA -- Through four games and 243:35 of this first-round series against the Flyers, the Devils have led for a total of 34:33, which is a tough enough way to go. Even tougher, they have never held more than a one-goal lead. Last night in Game 4, the...
April 20, 2010
Flyers top Devils for 3-1 series lead
Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere had one to end their playoff scoring droughts and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Unlikely postseason star Daniel Carcillo scored...
Not '2' late for Devs
PHILADELPHIA -- Foul vibes surround the Devils and the meek manner in which they fell behind again in their first-round series as they try to avoid a third straight year of immediate ousters. Yet they are back in business, home-ice advantage and all, if they simply beat the Flyers tonight...
April 19, 2010
Game 3 hero gives Flyers fighting chance vs. Devils
VOORHEES -- Dan Carcillo would’ve fit right in with the Broad Street Bullies. He’s known for fighting, spends a lot of time in the penalty box and agitates opponents. Heck, he even has a 1970s-style mustache. If the Philadelphia Flyers end up winning the Stanley Cup for the...
Devils waste Brodeur's gem, down 2-1 to Flyers
PHILADELPHIA -- Welcome back to the Second-Half Devils. Look quickly, because if they don't revert to the First-Half edition quickly, they'll become Next Year's Devils, out in the first round for the third straight year. Since mid-January, if Martin Brodeur was superb, the Devils would win. If...
Devils need to lessen Brodeur's regular-season workload
PHILADELPHIA — Henrik Lundqvist was talking during Rangers' breakup day about how he enjoys playing 70 games a year but that he recognizes he might need to reduce his regular-season workload in order to play into June, when the Stanley Cup is awarded. "If you look at the last few years...
Devs waste marty's gem
PHILADELPHIA -- Welcome back to the Second-Half Devils. Look quickly, because if they don't revert to the First-Half edition quickly, they'll become Next Year's Devils, out in the first round for the third straight year. Since mid-January, if Martin Brodeur was superb, the Devils would win. If...
Jersey in danger of joining Rangers on sideline
PHILADELPHIA -- Martin Brodeur wanted our town's spring hockey spotlight on the Devils and Devils alone. He got his wish when the Rangers went down to the Flyers a week ago yesterday. But if yesterday's tepid performance in New Jersey's Game 3, 3-2 overtime defeat to the...
Prime time is right time for Brodeur
PHILADELPHIA -- Henrik Lundqvist was talking during Rangers' breakup day last week about how he enjoys playing 70 games a season but that he recognizes he might need to reduce his regular-season workload in order to play into June, when the Stanley Cup is awarded. "If you look at the...
April 18, 2010
Devils lose to Flyers in OT, 3-2
PHILADELPHIA — Dan Carcillo scored 3:35 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils tonight and a 2-1 advantage in the Eastern Conference series. Carcillo knocked in a rebound off Mike Richards' shot for his first goal of the postseason. The Flyers pounded...
Devils brace for intense Game 3
PHILADELPHIA -- It's usually a putdown to claim a foe is tougher at home than on the road. It sounded like one this time, too. Fresh from their rousing and rollicking victory in Newark on Friday that squared this series with the Flyers at 1-1, the Devils must now...
April 17, 2010
Parise, Kovalchuk lead Devils to game 2 win
They were certifiably out of their minds last night, these Devils, skating, playing, barging around unlike anything they have been in months, or years, maybe ever. It took everything they had to re-light their once-bright season last night, but now, all things are again possible. "I don't know if...
Ilya savors playoff victory No. 1
Once there was a time when a Devils player celebrating one playoff victory would have been instructed by his teammates to wait for 15 more, but in the case of Ilya Kovalchuk, one isn't the loneliest number, zero was. And so, after toting an Atlanta-bred millstone around his neck...
April 16, 2010
Zubrus' goal lifts Devils over Flyers; series 1-1
Dainius Zubrus scored on a rebound with 4:04 to play and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Friday night to even the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece. Zach Parise, Colin White, Andy Greene and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored and Martin Brodeur...
'Big Shot' vows to get payback
The Big Shot promised to pay back, and pay off. The one-loss grace period is over. The Devils can't wait any longer to start scoring or this could be their last home game of the season. Fail to square their series with the Flyers tonight and they will head...
April 15, 2010
Championship aura missing at Rock
The Devils continue to be one of the great brand names in hockey if not all of professional sports, a model of excellence since the mid-'90s. There aren't many like them in the salary-cap era, which tends to reduce teams and franchises to their lowest common denominators. But...
Devils lose to Flyers 2-1, give away home-ice edge
It's not the 800-pound gorilla in the room. It's the room. They're on the spot, now, these Devils who stand 2-6 in the playoffs in their fancy, $300 million Newark arena after last night's 2-1 loss in Game 1 of their first-round series with the Flyers...
April 14, 2010
Flyers take Game 1 vs. Devils behind Boucher
Brian Boucher had 23 saves in his first playoff start in eight years and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference series Wednesday night. Big Chris Pronger and Mike Richards scored second-period goals as the Flyers rode the momentum of...
No. 2 Devils try to avoid early exit
The Devils have a grand history to live up to -- and recent history to live down. Issues loom everywhere with these Devils, but at least they did not resort to the desperate ploy of firing the coach in midseason. They left that to the Flyers, but they have a...
Devils-flyers matchup
They hung in for their ninth Atlantic Division title and the second seed in the East, but the big concern in Newark is the way the Devils have struggled since they effectively won both with a 30-10-1 first half. That swoon haunts them tonight, when they open the playoffs against...
April 13, 2010
Up-and-down Devils start over
They never really figured out how to play as well at full strength as they had when they were depleted by injuries, or how to incorporate Ilya Kovalchuk to the style they had developed. That they won the Atlantic Division anyway is testament to how overwhelming the Devils could be...

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