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Ben Lovejoy tries to clear the puck from the crease, but the puck hits Corey Perry, own goal in OT, Devils win.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
You think last year might have been rough for Cory Schneider, sharing the net in Vancouver with Roberto Luongo, and dealing with questions about who starts, night after night? This year, in his new home with the New Jersey Devils, Schneider is splitting time in goal again, this time with future Hall Of Famer Martin Brodeur. Both are playing well, but only Brodeur is winning regularly. That’s because, for reasons unknown, the Devils simply cannot give Schneider any goal support. He is 1-5-3 on the season in nine games, and has surrendered just 18 goals. The problem is, New Jersey has only scored 10 times in his nine starts. Following a 2-0 loss to L.A. Friday, which included an empty netter, Devils’ coach Peter DeBoer noted Schneider “can’t do more than what he’s doing.”
No penalty on the hit and Harrold did skate off.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Garden can undergo all sorts of transformations, but no matter what, then, now and seemingly for always, there is Martin Brodeur leading the Devils onto the ice from the Zamboni corner entrance at 33rd and Eighth.
There’s been more than 20 years of it, from the time as a 19-year-old Brodeur started Game 5 of the 1992 first round, to the epochal 1994 conference final, to his 23-game unbeaten streak against the Blueshirts beginning in 1997, to the stunning Battle of the Hudson victory two years ago … to Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over the Rangers at 41 years and 190 days of age.
“Twenty years as a goaltender; it’s amazing and will never be done again,” Jaromir Jagr told The Post. “Think of it, 20 years as a No. 1; that kind of thing doesn’t happen in sports.
“Who could do that? Maybe [Peyton] Manning as a quarterback. But that’s it,” No. 68 said. “For me, if I’m not the No. 1 right wing, I still have three other chances to be on the team, but Marty as No. 1 for 20 years? No one else can do that and no one else will do that.”
Jagr with his 686th goal and 1700th point in the NHL.
The first European to reach that figure.
First the Nashville broadcast call, then below the call by the New Jersey crew.
Brendan Shanahan reflects on his NHL career and going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“I think he’s (Cory Schneider) in the net now to stay. I don’t see that’s going to be changed any time soon. I’ll be ready if it is, but I think we’ve got to try to win some games somehow. This is what (head coach Pete DeBoer) feels is the best opportunity for him to be successful is having (Schneider) in the net and that’s fine. If we win, everybody’s happy. Even though I don’t play, it’s more enjoyable to be around.
“Days like today are not fun.”
-Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. More from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Watching Martin Brodeur yield a boatload of soft goals through his first four games has been like watching Derek Jeter hit a succession of soft ground balls through the first half of the 2011 season.
It has been tough on the eyes, difficult to absorb and more difficult to process, because the mind’s eye freezes Brodeur in time as it did with Jeter.
Too old? Too slow? Professionally mortal?
But maybe so.
continued plus more topics, including some Kaleta talk from the NHLPA point of view...
from Tom Gulitti of The Record,
So far, the players and Lamoriello have given every indication that they still believe in head coach Pete DeBoer. But, if a team keeps losing like this one has been dating back to last season – 4-12-7 in its last 23 games overall – eventually the head coach pays for it no matter how much the players want to play for him or how much of the fault is his.
After that, the focus could fall on Lamoriello. One of the first decisions new owners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer made after taking over the team in August was to keep Lamoriello, who will turn 71 on Monday, in charge of hockey operations.
Still, if this season goes this bad, Harris and Blitzer could be the owners of a hockey team playing in a half-empty building by spring. And there will be no lottery draft pick reward for missing the playoffs with the team having to surrender its first-rounder as punishment for being found guilty of salary cap circumvention with Ilya Kovalchuk's rejected 17-year, $102 million contract in 2010.
That Lamoriello passed on a chance to give up the penalty pick in 2012 when the team picked 29th overall (Stefan Matteau) after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals is also a mark against him. (That Kovalchuk headed back to Russia this summer doesn't help, either.)
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
It’s seven games into the 2013-14 season and they Devils have yet to win a game.
Tonight, early struggles by goaltender Martin Brodeur and a three-goal deficit proved too much for the Devils to overcome in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators that dropped their record to 0-4-3.
They completed their five-game Canadian road trip with a 0-3-2 record and now head home to host the rival Rangers, who, no doubt, would like nothing more to add to their misery.
“We’re being tested right now. That’s for sure,” Devils captain Bryce Salvador said. “All of our character is being tested right now and we’ve got to make sure that we have our head up and realize that no one’s coming in to do anything for us. It’s everyone in here that’s going to have to continue to put on our work hats and make sure we’re coming and sticking to it.”
A couple of plays from last night also shows the Devils are getting some scoring chances, but... watch the stops by Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators below...
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