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Wild on verge of playoff berth; Rangers clinch thanks to Devils’ loss

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The Wild are on the verge of a playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

The Wild are on the verge of a wild card playoff berth after a 1-0 win over the Jets. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

By Mike McMahon

The NHL is one night closer to figuring out who will earn the right to gut it out for Lord Stanley’s Cup. All three games on Monday night carried playoff implications as some teams had their hopes of playing for the hardware all but confirmed, while others were officially crossed off the list of contenders.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • GIF: Devils’ Patrik Elias driven into stanchion by Capitals’ Tom Wilson

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    Elias driven into the stanchion, has left the game. Very scary  on Twitpic

    On the NHL rink, there are some dangerous areas of the ice and Patrik Elias unfortunately found one on Friday night.

    About halfway through the first period between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals, Elias received a pass along the bench side boards in a break out and sent the puck up the ice before being checked by Capitals winger Tom Wilson. Elias went head first into the padded stanchion and dropped right to the ice.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • New Jersey Devils lose another shootout, winless in last 15 attempts

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    Sabres and Devils

    The Devils remain winless in the shootout this season, with their loss to Buffalo bringing the total to 11. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

    By Amy Lilek

    The New Jersey Devils could only wish it was an April Fool’s Day joke.

    But the reality is they dropped yet another shootout on Tuesday night, this time in nine rounds to the woeful Buffalo Sabres. New Jersey is now 0-11 in so-called skills competitions this season and their latest failure extended their NHL-record winless streak in shootouts to 15 games, dating back to last season.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • GIF: Devils forward Ryane Clowe leaves game with head injury after hard hit

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    By Darian Somers

    New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe left Monday’s game with an apparent head injury and did not return.

    Clowe took a hard hit at the blue line from the Florida Panthers’ Quinton Howden with about a minute left in the second period. The hit sent Clowe flying into the boards, and NBCSN cameras later showed Devils trainers examining the forward on the bench.

    Howden was not penalized for the hit.

    This isn’t Clowe’s first head injury this season — he missed 32 games earlier due to a concussion. The forward had posted three points with two assists and a goal in New Jersey’s 6-3 win over the Panthers.

    Clowe has produced 26 points for the Devils, who are chasing one of the final spots in the East. The victory over Florida gave New Jersey 79 points — three out of the last wild card spot in the East.


  • Published On Mar 31, 2014
  • VIDEO: Devils’ Brodeur becomes NHL record holder for career goals against

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    By Mike McMahon

    On March 26, 1992, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur surrendered the first goal of his NHL career in the midst of a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

    On Thursday night, 22 years and one day later, Brodeur has allowed more goals (2,757) than any netminder in NHL history after giving up a second-period tally to Chris Summer in the Devils’ 3-2 OT loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

    Passing Gilles Meloche and Grant Fuhr in the career GA department may not be the most prestigious of Brodeur’s many records, awards (including four Vezina Trophies), or accolades, but can console himself with being the NHL’s all-time wins leader (686). Given that he’s appeared in a record 1,256 games — 226 more than any other goaltender in NHL history — the red light record was inevitable.

    Brodeur, 41, has spent his entire career with New Jersey after being picked in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and to his credit, he’s also scored two regular season goals (plus another in the playoffs) and 44 career points.


  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • VIDEO: Zach Parise returns to New Jersey, gets booed by Devils fans

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    By Darian Somers

    Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise would probably have been booed for helping an old woman cross the street in New Jersey on Thursday night.

    Parise, the former captain of the Devils, returned to the Prudential Center for the first time since signing a 13-year deal with the Wild after the 2011-12 season, and he didn’t get the red carpet treatment, to say the least.

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  • Published On Mar 20, 2014
  • Former Devils, Penguins forward Petr Sykora retires after 15-year NHL career

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    Petr Sykora added 10 goals and 22 points during the Devils' Stanley Cup run in 2001. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

    Petr Sykora produced 10 goals and 22 points during the Devils’ Stanley Cup run in 2001. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

    By Darian Somers

    Former NHLer Petr Sykora retired on Monday, according to a Czech website.

    The two-time Stanley Cup winner hasn’t played in the NHL since 2011-12 or in a game this season in Europe. He last skated in the Swiss League during in 2012-13.

    According to the report, Sykora was waiting for an NHL offer, but didn’t pick one up, so he called it quits during the weekend.

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  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • Sympathy for the Devils: NHL softens team’s Ilya Kovalchuk penalty

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    Lou Lamoriello and Ilya Kovalchuk

    The Devils have dodged a financial and draft bullet for their contract chicanery with Ilya Kovalchuk. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Well, now we think we know why Lou Lamoriello didn’t cough up the 29th overall draft pick in 2012.

    The fix was already in.

    What else are we supposed to read into today’s asinine decision by the NHL to rescind two elements of the punishment it imposed on Lamoriello’s New Jersey Devils for circumventing salary cap rules with a front-loaded 17-year contract for Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010?

    The league sent a clear message that year by fining the Devils $3 million, and forcing them to forfeit a third round pick in 2011 as well as a first rounder in one of next four drafts, that it would not tolerate contracts tailored to unreasonably lessen cap hits late in the deal’s term. It was a harsh sanction at the time, especially since there were no specific rules prohibiting that type of activity in the CBA, but it was widely applauded around the league because, hey, no one likes a chiseler, am I right?

    And then, four years later, we get this. Today it was revealed that the league has rescinded $1.5 million of the fine and, instead of stripping that first rounder, it will now force the Devils to select 30th overall in the 2014 draft.

    Really? What kind of Mickey Mouse decision is that?

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • The scene: Yankee Stadium for Rangers-Devils NHL outdoor game

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    Yankee Stadium hosts an NHL outdoor game between the Rangers and Devils.

    The historic House That Ruth Built hosted 50,105 fans for its first NHL game. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    By John Rolfe

    The second of the NHL’s four Stadium Series outdoor games featured an installment of the Battle of the Hudson, with New York’s Broadway Blueshirts heading north to the Bronx for a little game of shinny against the Devils, their neighboring rivals from New Jersey. This event promised to be more like this year’s frozen, snowy Winter Classic in Ann Arbor than Saturday night’s tilt at balmy Dodger Stadium. The temperatures hovered around 20 degrees or below for the duration of the afternoon with the wind chill made it feel like a brisk five. Some snow flurries added to the ambience, though the start of the game was delayed by sun glare that NHL officials said jeopardized the saftety of the players. Here’s a selection of tweets, photos and other wonderment from the Rangers’ 7-3 victory. The recap and box score is here.

    BAUMGAERTNER: Gretzky’s influence felt in LA
    NEWCOMB: The making of Stadium hockey
    GALLERY: NHL’s outdoor games through the years

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  • Published On Jan 26, 2014
  • Does the NHL have a new shortest player in New Jersey’s Joe Whitney?

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    Joe Whitney of the New Jersey Devils may be the NHL's shortest player.

    Joe Whitney may be small, but the diminutive forward has big offensive skills. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Good thing that the Hurricanes’ Nathan Gerbe popped in that sweet Marek Malik-goal last night in Philly. At least he’ll have that highlight reel moment to hang his hat on if he loses his title as the NHL’s shortest player to Devils forward Joe Whitney.

    Whitney, a two-time NCAA champion at Boston College where he was Gerbe’s teammate, was recalled today from Albany of the AHL. He skated in practice on New Jersey’s first line alongside Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac, and could make his NHL debut Friday night when the Devils host the Capitals.

    That opportunity alone would be eye-catching, but Whitney’s size makes it even more so. The 25-year-old left winger is listed at 5-foot-6, 170 pounds, which is actually an inch taller than Gerbe’s weigh-in numbers: 5-5, 179. But New Jersey beat writer Tom Gulitti called Whitney’s official measurements “generous,” while one scout laughed and said “no f—— chance. More like 5-4.”

    If that’s true, the lil’ Devil is bordering on Roy Worters territory. (Worters, a Hall of Fame goalie who played in the 1920s and ’30s, was nicknamed “Shrimp” for a pretty good reason. At 5-3, 135 pounds, he remains the smallest player ever to appear in the NHL.)

    Whitney won’t mind the digs — better, after all, to be the shortest player in the NHL than the tallest in the AHL. But now that he has one skate in the door, the trick for him will be to get beyond the novelty and prove he belongs.

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  • Published On Jan 23, 2014


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