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Save of the night candidate?
Shaquille O’Neal also dropped the opening puck tonight.
from Scott Soshnick and Christopher Palmeri of Bloomberg,
The Josh Harris-controlled Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils signed a multiyear marketing agreement with partypoker, becoming the first major U.S.-based professional sports teams to align themselves with online gambling.
The agreement with the unit of Gibraltar-based Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Plc, the teams and Prudential Center, home to the Devils, comes about a year after New Jersey legalized online gambling, which is expected to be a $7.4 billion business in the U.S. by 2017, according to the research firm H2 Gambling Capital. Nevada and Delaware are the only other states to allow online gambling.
“This is our flag in the ground that we do things differently,” Scott O’Neil, chief executive officer of the 76ers, Devils and Prudential Center, said in a telephone interview. “We’re looking for groundbreaking opportunities with companies willing to take chances.”
“I don’t think (the Flyers) were ready from the first minute and we didn’t take advantage. It happened to us against Columbus two weeks ago and other games, too. When you add those points it’s maybe the difference in the playoffs and not the playoffs. We don’t learn. (We make) the same mistakes over and over.”
-Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils after losing in OT to the Philadelphia Flyers last night. More reaction on the game from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers could face a suspension or fine for his hit to the head of Devils left wing Dainius Zubrus in tonight’s game at First Niagara Center.
The NHL’s Department is in the process of taking a closer look at the hit tonight and we should hear something Sunday about whether Myers will have a hearing. The Sabres don’t play again until Tuesday, so there is no need to rush to make a ruling.
Myers received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head on the hit, which came 7:02 into the third period of the Sabres’ 2-1 win. Myers appears to make contact with Zubrus’ head with his upper arm.
Devils coach Pete DeBoer thought it was worth of a five-minute major. Zubrus, who said he was “OK” after game, said, “I haven’t seen the replay, so, honestly, I can’t comment much.”
continued and watch the hit below...
New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias was injured in the first period Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a hit from forward Tanner Glass.
Elias will not return to the game.
Elias appeared to lose his balance as a result of the hit by Glass and crashed into the boards. He stayed down for some time before eventually getting up and leaving the ice under his own power
watch the incident below...
Brunner was involved in a play along the boards and took a knee from the Ducks' Mark Fistric.
Brunner had to helped off the ice while not putting any weight on his right leg. The Devils say he has a lower-body injury and will not return.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr moved up on two of the NHL's all-time lists for goals with one shot Wednesday.
Jagr's power-play goal early in the second period at Prudential Center put him in sole possession of eighth place on the NHL's all-time goals list with 693 and eventually moved him into first place on the League's all-time list for game-winning goals with 122.
Jagr's next goal will tie him with Mark Messier for seventh place on the goals list. Jagr was tied with Gordie Howe on the game-winning list, but Jagr now has first place to himself because his goal was New Jersey's third in a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators.
Here is Jagr's goal...
Below, Jagr talks post-game...
Great move by Brunner, but did the refs miss a slash?
No matter what, the Senators were not happy with their performance in the 5-2 loss...
fromEliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com,
It probably isn't the ticket offer most Sixers fans were expecting to get when they checked their inbox.
The Sixers sent an email recently to their season ticket holders, asking if they wanted to buy New Jersey Devils tickets. Why?
The Devils and the Sixers share the same owner in Joshua Harris, who purchased the Devils earlier this year. The decision by Harris to buy the Devils was not met well in Philadelphia, with Sixers fans less than pleased their owner was buying a rival team of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Moments like these are probably why.
Here is how the email, selling tickets to the Devils-New York Rangers game at Yankee Stadium began:
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