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What do you usually get when NHL division rivals battling for first place meet on back-to-back days? Usually a lot of aching players with even sorer dispositions.
On Sunday night, New Jersey Devils' Ryan Carter and Pittsburgh Penguins Robert Bortuzzo didn't waste any time getting that fact across by dropping the gloves and tossing their helmets just four seconds after the opening puck was dropped.
Both players landed some powerful punches, but it was the bigger Bortuzzo who ended up on top of the Devils winger.
The Devils had the last laugh and went on to complete the home-and-home sweep over the weekend — both by 3-1 scores. It was the fifth straight win for the Devils.
These two teams do not like each other right now.
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HOW DID HE DO IT
When Martin Brodeur lost his stick during the New Jersey / Pittsburgh game on Saturday afternoon, no one could have guessed the hilarity we'd be in for. After declining a stick from his defenseman, Brodeur made a couple more saves without his stick before the Devils were finally able to clear the zone. Brodeur went to the corner to retrieve his stick while the Penguins hurriedly...
Too soon to make too much out of this. Could very well be simply that Kris Letang's "lower body" (read: groin) injury is worse than originally anticipated. Matt Niskanen has been skating the past couple of days, but may not be ready to return to the lineup soon.
Interesting: #Penguins have recalled 2011 first-round pick Joe Morrow, a defenseman.
The New Jersey Devils extended their winning-streak to five games on Sunday evening after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-1. The Devils dominated the Penguins this weekend, outscoring their division rival 6-2 in two games and playing solid hockey for the full 120 minutes.
Ryan Carter energized the Devils as soon as the puck dropped. He scrapped with Robert...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
They came into the season as the most disrespected Stanley Cup finalist in modern NHL history.
Nobody, but nobody looked at the New Jersey Devils when the NHL and union finally worked out their differences and imagined they would be a serious Stanley Cup contender.
No matter that the Devils were the class of the Eastern Conference last season...
Update: Whoops, wrong blog! Sorry! The CBC's Elliotte Freidman's penned another excellent "30 Thoughts" column, and he leads the affair off by duly noting that the rumors of the New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise-less demise were at least slightly exaggerated:
The New Jersey Devils lost Zach Parise for nothing and we were quick to write them off. Boy, do we...
When Steve Sullivan hightailed it out of Pittsburgh in the offseason the search for a winger to compliment Evgeni Malkin and James Neal took off. Tangradi failing to make his mark kickstarted rumors of big trades for players such as Iginla, Kessel and others.
In the middle of all the trade hoopla stands a 23-year-old 14th overall pick. A guy the Penguins picked up for free...
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Congrats to Martin Brodeur for playing...
Finally we now have a levels systems. We're open to making changes on it and would appreciate feedback.
The standard is at least 150 games played with the Pens:
For last week, Paul Martin is in the Money Zone:
He is doing everything he has been signed to do. Move the puck, eat big minutes, and chip in with some points.
We will end with this interesting...