New Jersey Devils
The historic moment came 3:31 into the second period. Jagr cut from the right boards into the slot and took a wrist shot that caromed off an Islander’s skate and past screened goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
Four New Jersey Devils took part in the games, but for just the second time since 1998, when the NHL first sent its players to the Olympics, none of the Devils’ representatives reached the medal stand.
Jaromir Jagr and fellow Olympians Patrik Elias, Marek Zidlicky and Damien Brunner returned to practice Monday as the Devils held their first full workout since the Olympic break more than two weeks ago.
With the Olympic break nearly behind them and 23 games left in the regular season, the New Jersey Devils know it is time to start winning, or else.
The New Jersey Devils headed into the Olympic break on a down note, as they were shut out for the seventh time this season, 3-0, against the Capitals on Saturday night in Washington.
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.