This Date In Devils History– April 26

Even though the Devils’ playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey’s playoff history.

On April 26…

1997- Martin Brodeur records career playoff shutout No. 5, as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in game five, claiming their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 4-1.

2003- Jamie Langenbrunner scores the game-winning goal at 2:09 of the first overtime, lifting the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in game two of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

2006- Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias each record a goal and an assist, and Brodeur pitches another playoff shutout in New Jersey’s 3-0 win over the New York Rangers in game three of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at Madison Square Garden.

2012- Adam Henrique scores at 3:09 of the second overtime to lift the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in game seven of New Jersey’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in Sunrise, Fla.

Lest any of us forget what that goal looked like:

This Date in Devils History

Even though the Devils’ playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey’s playoff history.

On April 24…

2003- Martin Brodeur records a playoff shutout, and Jamie Langenbrunner registers a goal and an assist in New Jersey’s win over the Tampa Bay Lighting in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

New Jersey went on to beat Tampa Bay in six games en route to its third Stanley Cup.

2006- John Madden records a hat trick in game two of the Devils’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers– a game the Devils won 4-1.

That game also offered this incredible two-minute stretch that those in attendance won’t soon forget.

The Devils went on to sweep the Rangers but fall to the eventual-Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes in the next round.

2012- Travis Zajac’s goal 5:39 into the first-overtime period lifts the Devils to a season-saving 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

New Jersey went on to win game seven in double overtime and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals before falling to the Los Angeles Kings.

Scoreboard Watching: Help Yourself

 

 

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The Devils are still faintly alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

New Jersey must win out and get some help. But after falling behind 2-0 Saturday afternoon, the Devils responded with six-unanswered goals in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

In Winnipeg, the Jets scored late to force overtime against the New York Islanders. New York claimed a 5-4 shootout win Saturday.

The Jets’ loss leaves them in a precarious spot. Winnipeg now trails the Rangers by one point and the Washington Capitals by three for the Southeast Division lead. The Jets have played the same number of games as Washington and one more than the Rangers.

Winnipeg will meet Washington Tuesday in a game that could eliminate the Jets from division contention. The Caps beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Saturday at Bell Centre

The Ottawa Senators, still fighting for their playoff lives, fell at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday night. The Leafs clinched a playoff berth with that victory.

That’s what happened yesterday. Here is what will go down Sunday.

The Devils and Rangers meet at Madison Square Garden at 3 p.m. New Jersey needs to beat New York, ideally in regulation, but even an overtime or shootout win will keep the Devils alive for the No. 8 seed.

However if the Devils win in regulation or overtime, that is the best-cased scenario. The Devils must win out, and hope the Rangers go 0-2-2 or worse, to surpass New York.

The Boston Bruins trail the Canadiens by two points for first place in the Northeast Division. Boston can pull even with Montreal if it can knock off the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the full slate of Eastern Conference games with playoff implications. All times are p.m. and eastern time.

Florida at Boston, 12:30

DEVILS at N.Y. Rangers, 3

 

 

Around The Links: Stayin’ Alive

Postgame Thoughts: Devils 6, Panthers 2 (4/20/13)

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you didn’t watch the first 10 minutes of today’s game, you’d think it was one of the Devils’ best efforts all season. Despite that (very) sub-par start, the Devils once again managed to “turn it on” after Pete DeBoer’s timeout and just dominated the Panthers for the next 50 minutes. Some thoughts…

Wake-up call: The Pete DeBoer First Period Timeout should be sold in pharmacies across the country. It’s best wake-up call I think I’ve ever seen. Why the Devils continue to need it — especially in the throes of a desperate playoff chase — is beyond me, but it certainly is the magical elixir this roster covets. The Devils came out painfully slow and were lacking any sort of energy. The Panthers were skating circles around them, getting to every loose puck. Both of Florida’s goals were a result of out-efforting New Jersey, but that changed as soon as DeBoer called his infamous timeout. You could see him rotating his hand, signaling the Devils needed to pick up the energy. This wasn’t one of those “settle down” timeouts. This was the “well-time expletive” version and it worked. Boy did it work. It took a few minutes but before long New Jersey was all over Florida, like a train that takes time to build up speed and then all of sudden is barreling down the tracks at 80 miles per hour. I know I’ve spent some time cracking on the Devils for their slow starts this season and their reliance on the P.D.F.P.T. (we might need a better acronym), but at this point, a win is a win is a win.

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Gameday: Panthers at Devils (4/20/13)

Ilya Kovalchuk's game has rounded out immensely since his 2010 trade from Atlanta.

He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.

Who: Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils
When: 1:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Media: TV – MSG (Channel listings); RadioBloomberg (1130 AM)
Twitter: @cgriffin415 | @SNYDevils

Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)

  • New Jersey ended a season-high ten-game (0-6-4) winless streak Thursday at Philadelphia. With the victory, the Devils avoided tying the second-longest winless streak in team history (11, accomplished twice, most recently 0-7-4, December 27, 1990-January 22, 1991).
  • Also Thursday, New Jersey improved to 13-1-4 when scoring the first goal this season. The Devils are 3-16-6 on the year when allowing the first goal.
  • The Devils out shot the Flyers, 31-23, and have now out shot their opponent in 22 of the past 24 games.
  • Today, the Devils will open their 10th/final set of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-5-2 in first games and 3-4-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Martin Brodeur (23 saves) recorded his second shutout of the season on Thursday, both against Philadelphia. It was the 121st shutout of his career and his 11th vs. the Flyers, the most against any opponent (2nd, NY Islanders, 10).
  • Brodeur will start his 14th consecutive game this afternoon. He is 3-6-4 since returning to the lineup on March 21 at Carolina.
  • Ryan Carter scored the game-winning goal Thursday and has set a new career-high with five goals on the season.
  • Matt D’Agostini also scored for the Devils, his second in the past four games.
  • Adam Henrique added an empty-net tally, his 11th of the year.
  • Andy Greene was +3 Thursday and leads the team with a +8 mark overall this season.

Expected Lineup

Forwards                                                              Defense                                                 Goalie
Elias-Zajac-Kovalchuk                                          Greene-Fayne                                  Brodeur
Zubrus-Henrique-Clarkson                      Tallinder-Zidlicky
Ponikarovsky-Josefson-D’Agostini           Harrold-Larsson
Carter-Gionta-Bernier

Inactives: Barch, Kostopoulos, Loktionov, Ubrom, Sullivan
Sidelined: Salvador (wrist)
Suspended: Volchenkov (one games)

Around The Links: A Win

Scoreboard Watching: Time To Help Yourself

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Down six points with just six games left, it’s time for the Devils to start helping themselves.

We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn’t matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.

New Jersey has a game in hand on both the Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets– and two in hand on the Buffalo Sabres. The Devils also will meet the eighth-placed New York Rangers twice in their final six games, leaving a slim chance of postseason still alive.

But the Devils have to start winning games.

They can do that tonight in Philadelphia. If New Jersey beats the Flyers, it’ll hop them for 11th.

The Devils then must root for the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers. The Canes will play in Winnipeg tonight and the, the Panthers trek to Madison Square Garden to meet the Rangers.

Should all that go New Jersey’s way, it’ll trail Winnipeg and New York by four points with a game in hand on the Jets and a crucial meeting with the Rangers Sunday.

That’s about all you can hope for as a Devils fan these days.

Should Winnipeg win, it’ll be rooting for its division-rival Florida, as well as the Ottawa Senators. The Senators will host the Washington Capitals tonight. Washington leads Winnipeg by four points for the Southeast Division lead, and the teams have both played 43 games.

The Senators still can catch the fifth-placed Toronto Maple Leafs, but they can still also be caught by the seventh-placed New York Islanders. The Isles and Leafs will meet tonight in Toronto.

A Toronto win, coupled with a Montreal Canadiens loss to Tampa Bay, will leave the Leafs two back of their divisional rival with just four games left.

The 10th-placed Sabres helped their cause last night with an enormous shootout win over the Boston Bruins. Buffalo is idle tonight but will root for Florida and Carolina.

The full slate of Eastern Conference games with playoff implications. As always, all times are eastern and p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 7

Florida at N.Y. Rangers, 7

Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7

Washington at Ottawa, 7:30

DEVILS at Philadelphia, 7:30

Carolina at Winnipeg, 8

Scoreboard Watching: Crazy 8s

0411standingsIt’s getting late fast for the Devils.

New Jersey’s 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.

The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey’s final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.

The Devils didn’t get much help from James Reimer and the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Toronto went to MSG and lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Rangers.

To be fair, the Devils are 0-4-4 in their last eight. Help doesn’t mean much if they don’t win games.

Still, with their playoff hopes fading fast, the Devils will be scoreboard watching tonight. They’ll hope the team that beat them Wednesday, the Boston Bruins, will give them some aid as they host the New York Islanders.

The Devils will also be rooting for Florida, as the Panthers trek to Winnipeg to meet the Jets. New Jersey trails Winnipeg by one point for ninth place.

Crazy as it sounds, the Flyers can also help out New Jersey tonight. Philadelphia hosts Ottawa in a game both teams need. The Flyers trail the Rangers by seven. An Ottawa loss, combined with and an Islanders win, will drop the Sens to eighth place.

The Buffalo Sabres, six points behind the Rangers, Sens and Isles, will host the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Buffalo desperately needs points.

Meanwhile, Montreal trails Boston by one point for the Northeast Division lead.

Have you got all that? Good.

Meanwhile, the Jets and Washington Capials are still angling for the Southeast Division title. While Winnipeg is hosting Florida, the Capitals will be hosting the Carolina Hurricanes. The Jets trail the Caps by two points, but Winnipeg has played one more game than Washington.

Here is the full slate of games for Thursday in the Eastern Conference:

N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7

Ottawa at Philadelphia, 7

Carolina at Washington, 7

Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Florida at Winnipeg, 8

 

Scoreboard Watching: A HUGE Night Ahead

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Why is tonight so big, you ask?

Five of the six teams pictured play– two of which, Philadelphia and Winnipeg, will meet head-to-head. The Rangers’ shootout loss on Friday in Pittsburgh gained them a point, jumping them ahead of the Islanders and Devils and into the No. 7 spot.

The Devils, with a win tonight over Toronto and an Islanders loss, will return inside the East’s top eight.

Meanwhile, the Jets host the Flyers in a huge interdivisional game at 3 p.m. Winnipeg, with a win and a Washington loss, can retake first place in the Southeast Division. With a loss, the Jets will be all but out of playoff contention, considering they have played more games, 40, than any other team in the East.

Meanwhile, the Flyers can creep within one point of the playoffs– and drop the Devils into the Atlantic Division basement– with a win and a New Jersey loss.

The Capitals, not pictured but presently in third overall, will keep the Southeast lead– and home-ice advantage that comes with it– with a win in Sunrise over the Panthers or a Winnipeg loss.

The Rangers, playing for the second straight night, are in Carolina to meet the fading Hurricanes. The Islanders, meanwhile, will host the Lightning tonight. Both Carolina and Tampa Bay, not pictured, can move within four points of the playoffs with wins.

Meanwhile, at the East’s top, Boston can retake first in the Northeast Division with a win in Montreal tonight.

Here’s the full slate for Saturday of East games with playoff implications. All times are p.m. and eastern time.

Philadelphia at Winnipeg, 3

Boston at Montreal, 7

Toronto at DEVILS, 7

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 7

N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7

Washington at Florida, 7:30