By John Schweibacher
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The Devils head back on the road for four of their next five games after losing another home game to fall to 3-4-3 at Prudential Center this season.
New Jersey’s 4-1 loss to Washington Saturday night left them stuck on nine total points on home ice, tied for the fewest in the NHL with Columbus (4-8-1) through Sunday’s games.
Eric Gelinas (one goal, one assist), Jon Merrill (two assists) and Marek Zidlicky (two assists) each registered two points for the Devils in their 5-3 win at Toronto last Thursday night.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was only the second time in the last 21 seasons that three New Jersey defensemen had multiple points in the same game.
The only other time that happened since 1993 was in the Devils’ 7-1 win at Philadelphia on January 18, 2001, when Scott Stevens (one goal, one assist), Scott Niedermayer (two assists) and Brian Rafalski (two assists) each had two points.
Prior to that 2001 game, the last time New Jersey had three defensemen register two-or-more points in the same game was on December 12, 1992, when Stevens, Alexei Kasatonov and Bruce Driver each had a pair of assists in a 6-5 loss at Pittsburgh.
The Devils lost to the Penguins, 1-0, last Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in the win for his fifth career shutout against New Jersey, tied for the second-most all-time by any goalie against the Devils.
Here are the goaltenders with at least three career regular season shutouts against the Devils:
· Henrik Lundqvist 8
· Marc Andre-Fleury 5
· Dominic Hasek 5
· John Vanbiesbrouck 4
· Patrick Roy 4
· Rick DiPietro 3
· Roberto Luongo 3
· Ryan Miller 3
Fleury has been in goal for each of the Penguins last five shutouts against the Devils, who now have 10 all-time vs. New Jersey.
Here are the other five shutouts by Pittsburgh against the Devils:
· 11/5/07 Pit 5 at NJD 0 Dany Sabourin 20 saves
· 3/14/07 Pit 3 at NJD 0 Jocelyn Thibault 25 saves
· 11/27/01 NJD 0 at Pit 6 Johan Hedberg 39 saves
· 11/21/92 NJD 0 at Pit 2 Tom Barrasso 29 saves
· 2/8/86 NJD 0 at Pit 4 Roberto Romano 27 saves
Martin Brodeur recorded the 689th win of his NHL career and his first victory for a team other than the New Jersey Devils with a 6-4 win Saturday against the Islanders in which he replaced the Blues’ starting goaltender, Jake Allen, at the start of the second period with St. Louis trailing 3-0.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that it was only the fifth relief win for Brodeur in his 22 seasons in the NHL and just his second off the bench in the last 17 years.
These were Brodeur’s four relief victories for the Devils:
· 3/19/94 NJD 8 at Bos 6 replaced Chris Terreri
· 12/9/95 NJD 4 vs. NYI 2 replaced Corey Schwab
· 12/28/96 NJD 5 vs. Ana 3 replaced Mike Dunham
· 4/3/09 NJD 5 vs. TB 4 (OT) replaced Kevin Weekes
Brodeur lost his debut with the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, to the Nashville Predators last Thursday night. It was Brodeur’s first game since April 13 with the Devils, which turned out not to be his final NHL game.
These goalies, all of whom played at least 147 games in the NHL, did make their final career appearances as New Jersey Devils:
· Johan Hedberg 4/27/13 at NYR 4-0 loss
· Kevin Weekes 4/03/09 vs. TB 5-4 OT win
· Corey Schwab 1/17/04 vs. Wsh 2-1 OT win
· John Vanbiesbrouck 4/13/02 at Wsh 4-3 OT win
· Peter Sidorkiewicz 12/30/97 vs. Chi 6-2 loss
· Bob Sauve 4/2/89 vs. Wsh 7-4 win
· Ron Low 4/7/85 vs. Phi 6-1 loss
Brodeur had played all of his 1,259 career games for New Jersey before his first Blues appearance. There are now only seven goalies in Devils’ history that played their entire NHL “careers” for New Jersey:
· Hannu Kampurri 13*
· J.F Damphousse 6
· Karl Friesen 4
· Shawn Mackenzie 4
· Keith Kinkaid 3
· Chad Erickson 2
· Jeff Frazee 1
(*-Kampurri did play 2 games in the WHA with Edmonton in the 1978-79 season).
Brodeur, of course, was a homegrown Devil, drafted 20th overall in the 1990 NHL entry draft. Only one homegrown New Jersey goalie was able to get a win in their first game after leaving the Devils:
· Scott Clemmensen (8th round NHL draft, 1997).
12/29/07 Toronto- ND in 6-1 Loss to NYR.
· Mike Dunham 3rd round NHL draft, 1990).
10/10/98 Nashville-1-0 Loss at Fla.
· Corey Schwab (10th round NHL draft, 1990).
10/11/96 Tampa Bay-6-2 Loss at Wsh.
· Chris Terreri (5th round NHL draft, 1983).
11/16/95 San Jose-3-1 Loss at Stl).
· Craig Billington (2nd round NHL draft, 1984).
10/6/93 Ottawa-5-5 Tie vs. Que.
· Sean Burke (2nd round NHL draft, 1985).
10/6/92 Hartford-5-1 Loss vs Mtl.
· Alain Chevrier (undrafted free agent 1985).
10/9/88 Winnipeg-5-4 Loss at Edm.
· Kirk McLean (6th round NHL draft, 1984).
10/8/87 Vancouver-8-1 Win vs Stl).
Plus: Cam Power. Mike Cammalleri scored his team-leading fifth power play goal Thursday at Toronto. He now has 90 PPG since 2005-06, which ranks ninth among active players and 11th overall.
Minus: Rough Road. Devils are now 4-9-2 in through first 15 games of current stretch of 15 of 20 games away from home.
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