Entries with the tag: Pete DeBoer
Beginning tonight the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers will begin a seven game series to determine who will be representing the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals. Both teams have had to overcome a great deal of adversity to get to this point, and with the Stanley Cup being so close, it is nothing less then heartbreak to have to go home at the conclusion of the series.
The momentum in the Devils/Panthers series ping-ponged back and forth seemingly every game. However, in the decisive final game, the Devils were the one skating victorious. Adam Henrique’s double-overtime goal gave the Devils a 3-2 win and 4-3 series victory.
The sixth seeded New Jersey Devils will be staring elimination in the face tonight when they take on the Florida Panthers in game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
The series has had a mix of ups-and-downs for both teams, with games where the offense was potent and others where the defensive won the battles.
With the Devils down 3-2 in the series, they will have to win the last two games in order to advance further in hopes of bringing the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey for the first time since 2002-03.
With a 5-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, the New Jersey Devils have officially clinched a berth in the postseason this year. The Devils failed to make the playoffs last season. In the past 22 seasons, the Devils have been in the playoffs 21 times.
Martin Brodeur, who pitched a shutout to solidify a Devils playoff birth, is happy to be back in the playoffs after last years mess.
“It was tough,” Brodeur said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Recod, “I didn’t think it was going to bother me that much because we were out for so long, early in the season. It was a tough start we had. But when I started to watch a little bit of hockey maybe in the second and third round, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m really missing this atmosphere.’ This is why was an important thing for me to go out and try to get in the playoffs, get back at it.”
The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks had a real defensive battle last night. Martin Brodeur played amazingly well considering his team was severely outshot in the game. With a 1-1 score, the game would need to be settled in a shootout. After just returning to the lineup the other game, Travis Zajac came out as the fifth shooter and snapped a shot over Corey Crawford to score the decisive goal. The two points tonight puts the Devils just four points out of securing a playoff spot.
“It’s been great,” Zajac said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. “I felt like I haven’t sat out for most of the year, actually. The locker room, it’s a good group of guys in here. It’s easy to get along with everyone. So, that’s been easy. That’s been the easy part.”
After the puck dropped between the Rangers and Devils the other night, the gloves soon followed. Stu Bickel, Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust went toe-to-toe against Cam Janssen, Ryan Carter and Eric Boulton. Even more entertaining then the planned fights was the trash talking by both coaches that ensued after the game.
“I guess in John’s world you can come into our building and start your tough guys, but we can’t do the same in here. He’s either got short-term memory loss or he’s a hypocrite,” Deboer told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record.
Lou Lamoriello on Zidlicky:
On what Zidlicky brings the Devils:
“We had an opportunity to get an experienced right shot, puck-moving defensemen, who can also quarterback a power play and has a lot of experience.”
On what he gave up in the trade to get Zidlicky:
“We felt it was something we wanted to do and none of them (the players traded) are really playing regularly at this point. But we felt this was something to get it done.”
On why he traded Foster in deal after acquiring him earlier this season:
“In my opinion we had a chance to get somebody who was better suited to playing five-on-five, moving the puck out of the zone, jumping in the offense the way can with the type of forwards that we have at this point.”
On whether it make the team much better:
“We certainly wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t think it would make our team better.”
On whether injuries to Adam Larsson and Henrik Tallinder played into the trade:
“I don’t think that came into play because we knew that Adam would be back soon, but the thought process of having somebody young play without big-game experience did come into play when you had an opportunity to get (someone who does).”
On how it was no secret that Zidlicky wanted to come to the Devils:
“That absolutely plays into it with a player of his stature, that he wanted to come here.”
On whether he’s done dealing before the deadline:
“You never know. If you can make the team better, you do. We’re pleased with the addition right now and then we’ll just go from there.”
On whether Zidlicky is a top-two defenseman:
“In our opinion he is.”
On whether he asked Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias (Zidlicky’s good friends) about him:
“We had two people who knew him probably better than anyone in Jacques Lemaire, who coached him in Minnesota, and post-Jacques Lemaire, Dave Barr coached in Minnesota (as an assistant) last year. So, I don’t think you can have a better evaluation of a player than people who are on your own staff. Of course, he was a player that we had a lot of interest in when he was traded from Nashville. So, he was a player that we looked at for a period of time.”
On whether Zidlicky will be here in time for practice Saturday or Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay:
“We’re going to do everything we can to get him in. He’s in Dallas right now.”
“Pete has done an outstanding job,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said to Dave Hutchinson of The Star Ledger. “He knows what he wants. He’s comfortable and confident in his own skin and is open to suggestions. It’s his honesty and forthrightness that I like. He’s very communicative with his players.”
“All the guys want to play for Pete,” Parise said. “The mode and atmosphere around the locker room is great. He has done an awesome job.”
“You have to get guys to buy into your system and I think Pete has done that with his demeanor,” veteran goalie Martin Brodeur said. “He does a good job getting everybody involved, it’s not just a one-man show. Also, he understands the ups and downs of a season and is good about taking care of guys by giving them days off.”
“I’m playing tomorrow. Marty looked like he had some discomfort during the game. I don’t know if he’s good to go or not, but I’m told to play,” Hedberg said.“I’m playing tomorrow. Marty looked like he had some discomfort during the game. I don’t know if he’s good to go or not, but I’m told to play,” Hedberg said to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger.
Pete DeBoer wasn’t as sure as Hedberg though.
“We haven’t made that decision yet,” DeBoer said. “We’ll talk to (Brodeur) tomorrow morning and we’ll make that call. That’s the plan. I don’t foresee why he couldn’t. I’m not concerned. He had a lot of work last night. He had a pretty taxing game. So we’re giving him the day off. I don’t foresee his injury keeping him out.”
After being benched by Head Coach Pete DeBoer a game before against Montreal, Kurtis Foster came out to play against the Philadelphia Flyers with a chip on his shoulder. He responded the only way that anyone could think of when trying to come up with a solution on how to impress their coach: produce. Foster netted a pair of power-play goals, one in the first and one in the second. Alexei Ponikarovsky would eventually be credited with the game winning goal in the Devils 6-4 defeat of the Flyers.
Per Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger
“Devils rookie Adam Henrique remains sidleined with a groin injury and did not practice again today.”
The Devils have missed Henrique the past few games, as he has been on of the driving forces offensively behind Patrik Elias (who is expected to play Thursday), Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk.
Martin Brodeur will get the start on Thursday against the Montreal Canadians. It will be his seventh start in a row.
I suppose it took a 6-1 trouncing by the Boston Bruins for the Devils to finally open their eyes. Over these past couple of games, the Devils have been playing a dominant style of hockey consisting of three equal parts: strong offense, shut-down defense and solid goaltending.
The Devils have defeated the Florida Panthers (5-2) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1) in back-to-back games and have shown no sign of wear and tear.
As a blogger for the New Jersey Devils, it is easy enough to try to find the good in a bad game. It is easy to pick out the moments that allow you to hang your hat on them, and come back a few nights later, parked in front of the TV, to watch again. Every fan does it. The problem I am currently facing is what happens when you run out of patience for the things that never seem to change.
After securing a 1-0 victory in the first half of a home-at-home series against the Islanders, the Devils looked to bring home another win to help propel them in the standings. Down 3-2 with six seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise pushed to the front of the net after an offensive zone faceoff win and pushed the puck past Isles goalie Al Montoya. The ruling was called a goal on the ice. The game had been tied with one second left on the clock.
Due to absence induced by a turkey coma, I am here to bring everyone up to speed with a few bits of Devils information.
First off, Nick Palmieri has been assigned to the AHL Albany Devils. Palmieri has been tremendously under-performing this year. He has only acquired three goals and three assists during the season so far. This move could be seen as a wake up call for Palmieri. He may also end up being trade bait in the future depending on how he handles his demotion.
“He’s just got to play,” DeBoer said of Palmieri. “He’s got to play with confidence. It’s not an easy league to play in, and we’ve got some depth here — some guys we can move in and out. He needs to go back and find his game.”