This Date In Devils History– May 8

Even though the Devils’ 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey’s playoff history.

On May 8…

1988- Officials boycott game 4 of the Wales Conference finals between the Devils and Boston Bruins, after the NHL did not suspend New Jersey coach Jim Schoenfeld for his postgame outburst at referee Don Koharski.

Schoenfeld subsequently was suspended, replacement officials were used and Lou Lamoriello coached New Jersey to a 3-1 win in game 4 at Brendan Byrne Arena. David Maley, Pat Verbeek and Tom Kurvers each scored goals, as the Devils even the best-of-seven series at 2.

1995- Just a day removed from his second-career playoff shutout, Martin Brodeur shuts out the Boston Bruins again, 3-0, in game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Boston Garden.

2000- Brodeur stops all six shots he faces– yes six, that’s not a typo– in New Jersey’s 3-0 Eastern Conference semifinal-clinching game 6 win at Continental Airlines Arena.

Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott each register a goal and an assist, as New Jersey wins the series 4-2.

2012- Ilya Kovalchuk records a goal and an assist, and David Clarkson scores the eventual game-winning goal, as the Devils polish off the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3-1 win in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Wells Fargo Center.

The Devils claim the series 4-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Clarkson’s odd game winner:

This Date In Devils History– May 7

Even though the Devils’ 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey’s playoff history.

On May 7…

1994- Stephane Richer’s goal at 14:19 of the first overtime lifts New Jersey to a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins in game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Boston Garden.

Ben Hankinson, Valeri Zelepukin and Bernie Nicholls each pot goals, and Richer nets two as the Devils even the series at 2.

1995- Martin Brodeur stops all 23 shots, and Claude Lemiuex pots a pair of goals in New Jersey’s 5-0 win over the Bruins in game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Boston Garden.

2001- Petr Sykora scores once and adds an assist, and Brian Rafalski pots the eventual game-winning goal late in the second, as the Devils stave off elimination with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Air Canada Centre.

Rafalski’s game winner:

 

This Date In Devils History– May 6

Even though the Devils’ 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey’s playoff history.

On May 6…

1972- Denis and Mireille Brodeur welcomed a baby boy, Martin, into the world. That boy would grow into the Devils’ — and arguably the NHL’s — greatest goalie of all time.

1988- The Boston Bruins hammer the Devils, 6-1, in game 3 of the Wales Conference Finals at Brendan Byrne Arena, taking a 2-1 edge in the best-of-7 series.

Still, this game is widely remembered for the postgame verbal — and possible physical — assault by Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld on official Don Koharski.

2000- Scott Gomez registers two assists, and John Madden notches the game-winning goal, helping the Devils to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Air Canada Centre.

2012- After falling behind 2-0, the Devils storm back for four-unanswered goals, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifnals at Prudential Center.

Dainius Zubrus scores twice, and Petr Sykora registers a goal and an assist, as the Devils take a 3-1 series advantage.

NEWS: Petr Sykora Likely Out Of The Picture

 

Corey Griffin

Sykora was mentioned during training camp as someone the Devils might look at to help bolster their forward depth, although Lou Lamoriello threw cold water on the idea of the Devils signing any free agent. I find it hard to believe he didn’t score an NHL offer after scoring 21 goals last season. My guewss is the money/offers in North America weren’t enough to dissuade him from heading to Europe. With Sykora out of the picture and Jason Arnott reportedly too hurt to pass a physical, whatever free agent options the Devils might have considered at some point seem to be dwindling. No pressure, Matt Anderson.

Final: Flyers 4 Devils 3

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Parise (3)
Second Period- Briere (6) and Van Riemsdyk (1) and Zajac (4)
Third Period- Giroux (7) and Sykora (1)
Overtime- Briere (7)

Next Game: 5/1 at Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“You can’t win all the games in overtime, so you have to watch what you did wrong and make sure you don’t do it again next game.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We haven’t made excuses for those kind of things all year. I’m not going to start now. They were the hungrier team in the second half, so what the reason for it doesn’t matter right now. We’ve got to get ready for Game 2.”

Team Stats:
Flyers outdrew the Devils 38-31
Flyers outshot the Devils 36-26
Devils went 1 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Flyers 31-27

Player Stats:

Final: Devils 3 Panthers 2

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Bernier (2)
Second Period- Kovalchuk (3) and Versteeg (3) and Bergenheim (3)
Third Period- None
Overtime- Zajac (3)

Next Game: at Florida Panthers 4/26 at TBA

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Panthers 30-28
Devils outshot the Panthers 42-16
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 28-27

Player Stats:

The Devils completely outshot the Panthers tonight however the numbers are a bit deceiving. It was more quantity than quality tonight. At times in the 2nd and 3rd period the Devils look out of sync and flat. But when it mattered Zach Parise made a great defensively play on Weiss to stop a 2 on 1 which would ultimately set up Zajac for the game winning goal. The Devils need to carry this momentum into Florida with ton of energy, think 1st period of game 1 kind of energy.

Final: Panthers 3 Devils 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Versteeg (2)
Third Period- Upshall (1) and Kopecky (1)

Next Game: vs Florida Panthers 4/24 at TBA

Zach Parise Postgame:
“We don’t care about the past. We have to find a way to win two in a row. We have to win. We have no choice.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We know the spot we’re in. We’ve got to win at home and then we’re playing one game to move on. So, we’ve got to take care of business at home.”

Team Stats:
Panthers outdrew the Devils 31-27
Panthers outshot the Devils 33-30
Devils went 0 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 47-46

Player Stats:

Final: Panthers 4 Devils 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Weiss (1)
Second Period- Weiss (2) and Goc (1)
Third Period- Zajac (1) and Kovalchuk (1) and Fleischmann (1)

Next Game: vs Florida Panthers 4/17 at 7:00 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“I think we gave them a good push in the third, but it just wasn’t enough. I think we all liked the way we played in the third period, so we just have to keep playing the same way.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I think we would have taken a split coming down here. There’s no easy match-ups in the NHL playoffs. I don’t think anyone expected that anyone was going to beat anybody in four. We got a split. Now, have to take care of business at home.”

Team Stats:
Panthers outdrew the Devils 29-24
Devils outshot the Panthers 25-24
Devils went 0 for 2 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Panthers 52-50

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 4 Senators 2

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Gilroy (3) and Kovalchuk (36)
Second Period- O’Brien (3) and Sykora (21)
Third Period- Gionta (1) and Kovalchuk (37)

Postseason starts April 11th. Devils will play the Florida Panthers.

Stephen Gionta Postgame:
“Every kid grows up hoping he scores a goal in the NHL and I’m just thankful for the opportunity the Devils gave me. It was a dream come true.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“The reason we brought him in here was to take a look at him and I’ll sit down with Lou now and with Josefson out we’re going to need somebody out of that group of guys that we’ve looked at this year to be with us and potentially play.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Senators 25-24
Devils outshot the Senators 35-33
Devils went 2 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Senators 14-10

Player Stats:

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Final: Devils 3 Islanders 1

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- Elias (26) and Moulson (35)
Second Period- Zajac (2)
Third Period- Kovalchuk (35)

Next Game: 4/5 at Detroit Red Wings 7:30 pm.

Travis Zajac Postgame:
“The first few games, it’s a fast game. I didn’t feel as great as I wanted to, but I think each game I feel more confident and I’m holding on to the puck a little longer and not throwing it away as much as I thought I was games before. So, I think that’s the key if I’m playing with those two guys, controlling the puck and getting them the puck as much as possible because, obviously, they’re great players and it’s easy to play with them.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“I liked how we played in the second and third period periods tonight. I didn’t like our first period. I thought we were a little loose. We talked about it between the first and second, tightened up our game, got the big power-play goal and I liked our game from that point forward.”

Team Stats:
Islanders outdrew the Devils 26-18
Islanders and Devils tied in shots 20-20
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Islanders 22-21

Player Stats:

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