New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils are fighting for a playoff spot. They need everyone on the same page. So it doesn’t make a lot of sense to upset their best offensive player. Coach Peter DeBoer seems to think the risk is worth the potential reward.
The Devils have allowed the tying goal with less than two minutes to play in regulation and the opposing goaltender pulled in each of their last three games.
Martin Brodeur’s 100th career regular-season outing against the Rangers did not turn out the way he and the Devils would have liked, as Pete DeBoer was forced to go to the bullpen after two periods.
“The ice was the worst ice I’ve ever played on. You went from the shadows to the sun. It was almost a 10-degree difference. It was unbelievable. You rely a lot on instinct and poise, and I couldn’t close my glove. It was so cold.”
Rick Nash scored for the fifth straight game, and the New York Rangers used a four-goal second period to beat the New Jersey Devils, 7-3, on a cold and snowy Sunday outside at Yankee Stadium.
History was made again at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, but it had nothing to do with the Bronx Bombers.
“No,” Brunner said when asked if he’s heard of the Yankees’ captain. “…No. The only baseball I know is (Justin) Verlander … because of the Tigers last year.”
The Rangers, the second-place team in the Metropolitan Division, come in having lost two straight at home after a 9-2-1 surge. The Devils, 5-1-3 in their past nine, are tied for fifth but are only two points behind.
Even though Cory Schneider has been on quite a roll, DeBoer is turning to Brodeur, the face of the Devils to start against the Rangers in the Stadium Series.
Martin Brodeur recorded his 20th regular-season win at Bell Centre when he made 29 saves to lead the Devils to a 4-1 road victory over the Canadiens last Tuesday night.
Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and scored in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night.
From baseball and football to boxing and soccer to concerts and papal masses, the houses that Ruth and Jeter built have played host to just about everything. And now hockey!
On Wednesday, the ice truck arrived in the Bronx while a crew built roadways and staging around the stadium.
The sure-fire Hall of Famers stole the show at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, with Jagr moving past Mark Messier for seventh place on the NHL’s career goal list and Brodeur stopping 29 shots in the Devils’ 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Ilya Kovalchuk took his talents — a rare blend of skill, speed and strength — home to Russia last summer. It doesn’t sound as if Kovalchuk has any regrets about his abrupt retirement from the NHL.