Posted April 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
The New Jersey Devils exited the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference way earlier than they hoped and expected. And they went out kicking and screaming. It was hardly a graceful departure for the reigning conference champions. One year after a surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals, they are gone without getting a chance to defend their title in the postseason. The inevitable elimination came Sunday with a 4-1 road loss against their biggest rival, the New York Rangers - the club the Devils knocked out in a six-game series last year to set up a finals matchup with the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. There was no fanfare this time, no handshake line, confetti or fireworks. No, the end came with New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer off the bench, having been ejected in the final seconds for the latest round of unsportsmanlike conduct directed at the officials. Referee Chris Rooney had already heard more than enough. The Devils had been assessed a pair of unsportsm...

The Real Story On Devils’ Prospect Stefan Matteau

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, Devils 2012 first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau did not quit his junior team, his agent Pat Brisson said this afternoon. There were multiple initial reports that Matteau, 19, quit the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada after being benched for the third period of the Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Baie-Comeau in Game 2 of the QMJHL semifinals. Armada...

Video: Stephen Gionta checked into the Florida bench, Panthers shove him right back out

When New Jersey forward Stephen Gionta was trying to slip past Florida defenseman Dmitri Kulikov, he must have assumed he was about to take a big hit. Gionta tried to nimbly jump beyond the check, but instead found himself knocked over the boards and sitting next to the Florida bench.  Gionta likely imagined that once over the boards he'd have no problem safely making...

Devils season comes to an end

Last May, the New Jersey Devils ended the New York Rangers run to the Stanley Cup six victories shy of the Holy Grail. Fast forward to Sunday’s contest at Madison Square Garden, where, although the stakes weren’t nearly as high, Ranger fans were relishing the sight of their cross-river rivals unraveling right before their eyes. The Rangers 4-1 victory eliminated the Jersey-ites...

What Happened To The New Jersey Devils?

from Stan Fischler at the Daily Freeman, In Newark, where the Devils enjoyed an unprecedented season-long run of sellouts at Prudential Center, fans are massaging their scalps, wondering how the plunge from the penthouse to the pits occurred almost without warning and precedent. Or, as Mr. Devil-turned-broadcaster Ken Daneyko says, “I’ve never seen anything like this...

Stephen Gionta gets hit into Panthers bench, shoved back onto ice

New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta was trying to carry the puck into the Florida Panthers zone during the third period when Dmitry Kulikov had other ideas.  Gionta chipped the puck past Kulikov and tried to jump by him, but unfortunately for Gionta, he got wrecked right into the Panthers bench.  It was a perfectly timed hip-check and the fun for the Panthers wasn’t over...

Devils Haven’t Recovered From Losing Parise

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, From the Final in 2012 to Finality in 2013. And when Martin Brodeur was asked if he could define the difference in the Devils from one year to the next in the moments following regular-season Game 45 elimination from playoff contention with yesterday’s 4-1 Garden defeat to the Rangers, the all-time goaltender didn’t hesitate. ...

Devils 6, Panthers 2

Patrik Elias scored twice and the New Jersey Devils kept their faint playoff hopes alive by rallying from a two-goal deficit for a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday. David Clarkson, whose big check seemed with wake up the Devils after they fell behind 2-0, tallied the go-ahead goal in a game where they welcomed back offensive catalyst Ilya Kovalchuk to the lineup after...

Game Preview: New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils

TODAY’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils today at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 23-17-4 (50 pts). The Rangers [...]

Rangers vs. Devils (Game 45)

The New York Rangers (23-17-4) host the New Jersey Devils (17-17-10) in a Sunday 3 PM matinee at Madison Square Garden. For a preview, go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN Radio (98.7), XM 92 Live Stream (Don't click on ads in stream, may download virus):

Game 45 Open Thread: Devils at Rangers

Elsa/Getty Images Fresh off two dominating wins, the Devils are in town to take on the Rangers with their playoff lives at stake. A Rangers win mathematically eliminates the Devils from playoff contention, which should give the Rangers even more incentive to come out strong. The Devils have Ilya Kovalchuk back, and they won’t go quietly. It’s up to the Rangers to keep their momentum...
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