Devils center Patrik Elias was a little banged up in Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Washington, earning four stitches, twice, during the game (Fire and Ice, March 26).
Elias was hit in the mouth by a deflected puck just 52 seconds into the game. After heading to the locker room with a bloody mouth, he was back on the ice less than four minutes later.
“I came in and they just cleaned it up and after the first period (they stitched him up),” Elias said.
They may have s ticked him up quickly during the first intermission, but those didn’t hold ad he had to get four new stitches after the game. He also said he got ‘a little chip’ in one of his tooth, but that’s nothing to worry about.
“They’re fake anyway, so it’s just going to cost me,” Elias said.
Recap: The Capitals knocked off the Devils 3-2 in overtime thanks to a Matt Niskanen goal.
Need to know: The end came quick as Niskanaen was setup from Karl Alzner 1:13 into the overtime for the Capitals. The Devils had rallied from forcing overtime with a goal from Steve Bernier at 19:30 of the third period. Travis Zajac also scored for the Devils.
Next up: The Devils are at the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Devils interim head coach and GM Lou Lamoriello has said he’s waiting until the end of the season to decide on the head coaching situation for next year, but he’s had nothing but great things to say about co-coaches Adam Oates and Scott Stevens (Fire and Ice, March 25).
“[Oates] brings the knowledge and also the offensive thought process, just like Scotty brings the defensive thought process,” Lamoriello said. “Both of them have been exceptional. You couldn’t ask for more (than) what they’ve done in teaching and also just who they are.”
Oates served as an assistant coach with the Devils for two seasons before leaving to take a head coaching job with the Capitals. Though he only spent two seasons at the helm of Washington before being fired and returning to New Jersey. Many of the Devils have praised him for his attention to detail, something which was a fault in Washington. To read more of this story, click here
Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe will continue to travel with the Devils even though their injuries will keep them off the ice for the rest of the season (NJ.com, March 25).
Salvador, the Devils captain, has been sidelined since Nov. 10 with a back injury, while a head injury has kept Clowe off the ice since early November as well.
“They’ll come with us. They’ll be part of the team because of the maturity, the respect the players have for them and the presence they have in the locker room,” interim head coach Lou Lamoriello said.
But they won’t be talking to the media about their futures anytime soon.
“Not at the moment,” Lamoriello said. “Not until the end of the year.”
The AHL suspended Albany’s Cam Janssen for the second time this season on Tuesday (Albany Times Union, March 24).
The Albany Devils winger was given a two-game suspension for an interference incident Sunday against Hartford. This is his second ban this season after he was suspended for five games earlier in March after a hit against Matt Tassone of the Binghamton Senators.
Janssen will miss Albany’s weekend trip to Norfolk for games on Friday and Saturday.
There’s no hope for a playoff spot for the Devils, but for goaltender Cory Schneider, that doesn’t mean they can just fall apart as they head into the final nine games of the season (NJ.com, March 24).
“The schedule doesn’t get any easier,” Schneider said, “We go to Washington and we have two more with New York. (We play) Montreal, Tampa Bay and Anaheim. You look at our schedule and, unless we want to get embarrassed, we better keep it together.”
But Mike Cammalleri took a slightly more positive approach to the Devils finals games of the season.
“That might be a bit dramatic. The poor guy just received a lot of shots,” Cammalleri said of Schneider’s comment. “I think we like a lot of the things we’re about as a group. Tonight we may not be happy with our effort by any means, but we’ll figure out the reason why. It’s not as gloomy as that sounds.”
Things aren’t all doom and gloom for Schneider, who said he believes the Devils have it in them to finish the season strong.
“I think we have it in here,” Schneider said. “We just need to do it consistently. Shift to shift, period to period, game to game. I think that’s kind of been the problem this year. We’ll have a bad period and then we’ll have a good one. We’ll sort of figure it out. We’ll play well one game and not the next.”
Jordin Tootoo took a couple of tough hits during the third period of the Devils Monday night loss to the Kings — but as LA didn’t see any time inside the box for the hits, Tootoo just had to “battle through” (Fire and Ice, March 23).
“Kind of in the jaw.,” Tootoo said of where he was hit by Tyler Toffoli’s stick after a shoulder-to-shoulder collision. “I think the game’s so fast, but obviously you have to be in control of your stick. It is what it is. You have to battle through those situations. It’s kind of like a playoff mentality. You’ve go to let those moments just go rather than waste your energy on yipping and yapping.”
Later in the third period, Trevor Lewis hit Tootoo outside of the Kings’ blue line when he didn’t have the puck and the Devils felt that could have been called interference.
“Obviously, that’s a blindside hit,” Tootoo said. “I didn’t even see the guy. But it is what it is. I’m not going to (complain) about it. It’s hockey. It happens and you move on.”