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




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




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

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | 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

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


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