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Perron had two goals last night, one in regulation and the winning shootout goal.
Below, you can watch the highlights of the game. The Devils were up 3-0 at the start of the 3rd period, the Oilers scored four unanswered goals, the Devils scored short-handed with less than a minute to play in regulation. Crazy game.
"They love sports, they've always loved the Steelers and now they love the Pirates, and Mario [Lemieux] brought the fans here [to the games] in Pittsburgh for hockey. So, I never really had any issues with the fans. They supported us so well over those years that I was here. We made the playoffs every year, so they were even more excited about the hockey here.
"They're crazy sports fans and that's good."
-Jaromir Jagr on the fans in Pittsburgh. More from Wes Crosby (no joke) at NHL.com.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There will be one more emotional sendoff, though even the grand goodbye that awaits Derek Jeter might not carry the emotional weight of Mariano Rivera’s remarkable Bronx farewell.
But we have another special athlete who may very well be on his final tour and who deserves the love as much as his legendary brothers in pinstripes.
Nobody has been here longer than Martin Brodeur, who first showed up in New Jersey in the spring of 1992 before returning to stay in the autumn of 1993, almost two years before Jeter and Rivera (and Andy Pettitte) became Yankees.
Nobody has had a more distinguished career than Brodeur, who has played to a level of excellence over the past two decades achieved by few for even a single season, and nobody ever has been more identifiable with his team than this Devils’ goaltender.
He is a Devil the way Mantle was a Yankee, the way Reed was a Knick, the way Gifford was a Giant and Seaver a Met, Namath a Jet, Potvin an Islander, Gilbert a Ranger.
If he played in Manhattan, he would have a candy bar named after him. Across the Hudson, he has his name on the Stanley Cup three times and scrawled all over the NHL record book.
continued and other topics include Leafs/Sabres brawl and escrow talk...
added 2:34pm, Brunner talks to the media after signing his contract with the Devils, watch below...
from David M. Singer of HockeyFights.com,
Barch and Gallant dropped the gloves three times last night, each earning an automatic game misconduct after the third.
Special attention will be paid to round two. Gallant, a rookie, must wear a helmet with a visor (new rule). Generally a player who has a moment before and wears a visor will remove his helmet, and the other player will follow suit. However, starting this season players that remove their own helmet before a fight will receive a minor penalty (another new rule). A few sets of players have already picked up the minors, elongating their five PIMs to seven.
Gallant had another idea. He loosened his helmet and invited Barch to do the same. Barch almost took off his own helmet, hesitated, then took off Gallant's instead, and Gallant returned the favor. Then, the fight.
Victorian era honor. The Code. A ridiculous loophole on display. Call it what you will, but the NHL will likely modify the rule to prevent this. The preseason has more players fighting to prove themselves than the regular season though, and it's unlikely we'd see this in a real game setting. Crafty nonetheless.
more plus of course videos of all three fights... You can also watch round two below....
Shawn Thornton mentioned a few days ago he would remove the opponent's helmet if he was wearing a visor and it appears other 'fighters' have caught on quickly.
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Less than a week into training camp, the Devils have decided to bring in speedy center Damien Brunner as an unsigned tryout, a source has confirmed.
The Swiss-born Brunner, 27, had 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games last season with the Detroit Red Wings and added five goals and four assists in 14 playoff contests, but was unable to find a team to sign him as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Brunner was linked to the Devils by reports out of Switzerland in July, but a contract never materialized. Neither Devils GM Lou Lamoriello nor Brunner’s agent, Neil Sheehy could be reached for comment.
from Eben Novy-Williams & Cristina Alesci of Bloomberg,
Apollo Global Management LLC (APO) co-founder Josh Harris said Newark’s Prudential Center was a more important financial piece in his purchase of the New Jersey Devils than the hockey team itself.
Harris and David Blitzer, a New Jersey native and senior managing director of Blackstone Group LP, purchased the National Hockey League franchise last month in an agreement that also gave the partnership control of the Prudential Center....
Harris said he isn’t expecting returns from the Devils’ purchase to be as significant or as quick as his private-equity investments. He said he’d like to see returns from 1 percent to 20 percent, without getting more specific.
“These are the kinds of things that appreciate over a long, long period of time -- generations,” he said. “I get to have fun, earn a decent return and hopefully make some money in the process and help the community as well.”
added 1:47pm, You can watch what Harris had to say at nj.com.
“I’m just going to play this year, im not going to comment on ‘Yes, I will’ or ‘Yes, I won’t’ (retire). So, you can tell your friends around the league they don’t have to ask that question. I’m not going to tell anybody if I’m going to retire or not until I make a decision of coming back or not.
-Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. More on Brodeur from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Lou Lamoriello claims he never pays attention to the media’s or the odds makers’ predictions. So, the Devils president and general manager doesn’t care if some are picking his team to finish in last place in the new, eight-team Metropolitan Division in 2013-14.
He’s excited about his squad as it readies for the opening of training camp next week – rookies and minor league players report for physicals on Monday and veterans report a week from today.
“I don’t ever look at anything as far as what people think or don’t think and I’m not using that as a cliché,” Lamoriello said at the team’s alumni golf tournament today at Upper Montclair Country Club. “I like our hockey team. We’ve always built our team from the goaltender out. I like our goaltending situation. Our defense is mature, stable and yet has some outstanding young players who could push for jobs. Our forwards lines are going to be back the way we were several years ago.
“It’s going to be a solid lineup. It’s going to be a lineup that on any given night it could be somebody doing this or somebody doing that. I’ve seen the word interchangeable parts. I love that word.”
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed center Adam Henrique to a new multi-year contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
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