Found June 08, 2012 on
Coaches and players often talk about the bonds that develop over time. It would be difficult to find a stronger relationship than the one between Devils coach Peter DeBoer and right wing David Clarkson.
Their union has spanned nine years and has the coach and the right wing in the Stanley Cup Final. The player and the coach hold each other in high regard.
"He's a big part of the reason I'm here today," said Clarkson. "As a kid, he believed in me; pushed me in the right direction. When I heard he was coming [to be the coach] I was excited," Clarkson added. "You know what you're getting and he knows what he's getting, as well.
"The kind of season I've had, he's been a big part of that," Clarkson added. "Guys would ask me about him but I think everyone found out pretty [quickly] what he was like; straight-up guy."
Clarkson set a career high with 30 goals and 46 points in the regular season. He has scored three goals and 12 points while playing in all 22 playoff games.
"Clarkie is a great story," DeBoer said of Clarkson. "We won a Memorial Cup together [in 2002-03 with the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers]. Coaches have a lot of time for guys who aren't handed anything. He wasn't handed a job in junior hockey; he wasn't drafted in the NHL. I believe he went to Ottawa's rookie camp as a walk-on and got cut -- or Carolina's, maybe -- and [GM] Lou [Lamoriello] gave him a chance in New Jersey. He's a guy who's worked for everything he's got. You have a lot of time for people like that."
- DeBoer had praise for long-time friend Paul Maurice when asked for his reaction to the news that the ex-Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs coach accepted the head coaching position with Metallurg Magnitorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. Maurice has a 460-457-99-68 record in 15 seasons with Carolina and Toronto. He guided the Hurricanes to Stanley Cup Final in 2001-02, where they lost in five games to the Detroit Red Wings.
Maurice will bring Tom Barrasso to be Metallurg's goaltending coach. Barrasso had spent the last three seasons as the Carolina Hurricanes' goaltending coach.
The Russian sports newspaper, SovSports, reported the hiring on Friday. Yahoo! Sports translated the story into English.
"I think it's great," DeBoer said. "This is a guy who coached 15 years in the NHL. Having had the opportunity to coach overseas in different events, they're great learning experience [and] you do nothing but come back a better coach anytime you can broaden your horizons like that. I think Paul's a fantastic coach and, a lot like [newly hired Calgary Flames coach] Bob Hartley, I'm sure we'll see him back -- there will be a bidding war for him -- in a year or two from now."
- The Devils had a bit of fun talking about the voluptuous woman who sat behind their bench in Game 4.
DeBoer caused his press conference to dissolve into hysterics when he said, "Focus? I thought that question [was going to be] about the lady behind our bench [in] the last game," to a question about his team's single-mindedness. "I thought we were headed that way. You saw my 100 percent focus on the game. That's discipline, I'll tell you."
Added Martin Brodeur: "Some guys did," when asked if the Devils found additional motivation from the lady.
- Kings right wing Dustin Brown is in the midst of an offensive slump at a most inopportune time. Despite having seven goals and 17 points in the Kings' run, he has not scored a goal since Game 1 of the Phoenix series and only has one assist against the Devils.
But Darryl Sutter isn't worried about his captain.
"He's still the physical guy, the hard guy to play against," Sutter said during his media availability at The Prudential Center on Friday afternoon. "You have to be careful of [talking about his offensive production] because he's a 20-some goal scorer that scores big goals for you. We still need him to do that. We still need him to be a physical guy and strong on the walls."
- The NHL Broadcasters' Association and the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced in a joint statement Friday that the Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret and Globe and Mail hockey columnist Roy MacGregor will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster and excellence in hockey journalism, respectively.
Both will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as "media honorees."
You can follow Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman
BEST OF MAXIM
When Peter DeBoer had finished tossing verbal bouquets toward his captain, Zach Parise, the New Jersey Devils coach had an odd request for the assembled media at the Prudential Center.
"I think you guys just [ticked] him off," DeBoer said. "Keep doing it."
Parise's tour de force performance in the Devils' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5...
HAVE A CIGAR
Following his meltdown outside the Staples Center during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Charlie Sheen has now been offered a few perks by the Devils for Game 5.
Ilya Kovalchuk didn't leave the Thrashers on the greatest terms back in February of 2010. It was a forgone conclusion that he was gone, and it frustrated fans of the Thrashers because of his platitudes all season long. He talked the talk of wanting to stay here, and then poof. Off to New Jersey. Lots of fans, myself included, were unhappy, especially when word leaked out...
STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME #5
LA KINGS 40-27-1595 pts, 8th in Western Conference, 13th in NHLvsNEW JERSEY DEVILS48-28-6102 pts, 6th in Eastern Conference, 9th in NHL
Devils Won Season Series 2-0
Kings lead Stanley Cup Final 3-1
5:00pm, Prudential CenterNewark, NJNBC
BEST PHOTO OF THE ROYAL HALF IN BOTH TEAMS COLORS:
BEST OPPOSITION BLOG:Down Goes AveryRunning with the...
NEWARK, N.J. -- The second the Los Angeles Kings took a 3-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final, fans and journalists all across the country myself included left the Devils for dead, calling the series as good as done.
Don't we all look silly now?
The Devils and the giant chip on their shoulder avoided elimination once again Saturday night at the...
There were a lot of ‘firsts’ that came from tonight’s 2-1 Game 5 win for the New Jersey Devils. Most importantly, for the first time this postseason the Kings looked outside of their element and have watched the Devils inch back into the series.For the first time since 1945, a team trailing 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final has forced a Game 6. How did the Devils do it tonight...
NEWARK, N.J. -- Bryce Salvador scored on a deflection off a defenseman and the New Jersey Devils derailed Los Angeles' Stanley Cup coronation for a second time, beating the Kings 2-1 in Game 5 of the finals Saturday night. Zach Parise ended a five-game goal drought on a rare mistake by goalie Jonathan Quick, and Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots to help the Devils end the Kings...
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 tonight to force a Game 6 in LA Monday night.
I believe all the pressure is now on the Kings to win Monday (their game 7) in order to avoid making another cross-country trip and face even more pressure of a real Game 7 on Wednesday.
Watch the game-winning goal from Bryce Salvador midway through the 2nd period.
NEWARK, N.J. -- Bryce Salvador claims he's not doing anything differently in the playoffs, but after going without a single goal during the regular season, he's turned into a legitimate offensive force for the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup playoffs. "After going through 82 games without a goal, I'll take any goal I can get," said Salvador, who broke...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, The Old Man and The Kid are connected by time, jersey colour and once again by circumstance.
The Kid was born in the same year The Old Man was drafted. The Kid who scores goals, mostly important ones, was all of four months old when the New Jersey Devils traded up to select Martin Brodeur in 1990.
The Old Man, Brodeur, defied age and credulity...
NEWARK, N.J. -- Bryce Salvador scored a fluke goal midway through the second period, snapping a 1-1 tie and giving the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday night, drawing the Devils to within 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is scheduled for Monday night in Los Angeles. It marked only the third time in the...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Put the coronation on hold - for three nights anyway. One win away from their first Stanley Cup championship in 45 years, the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t close the deal Wednesday night, falling 3-1 to a New Jersey Devils team that had nothing to lose and were finally rewarded for some hard luck and bad bounces endured earlier in the series...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Kings (15-3) @ Devils (13-9)
Road/Home records*- 10-0 -------------- 6-6
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - Kings lead 3-1
Projected starting goalies - Jonathan Quick (L.A.) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
Los Angeles - 2.78 / 1.50
New Jersey - 2...
It has been 70 years since the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings and win the Stanley Cup. Now, seven decades later, the Devils are trying to become the first finalist to do the same thing. New Jersey scored the second victory of the four needed for the comeback Saturday night, nipping the Kings 2-1 in New Jersey to force a Game 6 Monday...