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Devils' Brodeur exits to cheers, unsure of future

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 8:20 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur has been the New Jersey Devils' center of attention since he arrived as a 21-year-old sporting a mustache and a flat-top. It's only fitting that he was again Sunday, this time as a 41-year-old legend in what might have been his final game with the only team he has ever played for in his NHL career.

Brodeur made 16 saves in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins, the 688th victory of his career, all with the Devils. Afterward, he stood at center ice by himself, his stick raised in the air, saluting the crowd as they chanted his name and gave him a loud standing ovation. He was later named the game's first star, and the fans continued to chant his name throughout an on-ice interview that was barely audible because of the noise.

"You know it was a little emotional," Brodeur said. "These things are hard. I've spent all my life here. A lot of the fans that are out there know me. They think they know me by my name and I feel they know me. They've been calling my name for 20 years. Every time they stop me and talk to me, they're great. I see their kids grow also. It means a lot because it's a relationship that [a person has] with the people that support him. It was definitely fun, but it was a little emotional."

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Resch marvels at Brodeur's success with Devils

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 12:16 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Glenn "Chico" Resch has watched with great enthusiasm from the broadcast booth most of the two decades that New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has played with the organization.

Resch, 65, announced Friday that he would be retiring as Devils television analyst on MSG Network after 18 seasons. His final telecast is Sunday afternoon when the Devils play host to the Boston Bruins.

It might also mark Brodeur's last game as a member of the Devils. Brodeur, who made his NHL debut against the Bruins on March 26, 1992, has made public his desire to continue playing beyond this season and if that means with another organization, so be it. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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Playing in Devils' finale could be up to Brodeur

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 12:50 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Martin Brodeur
Goalie - NJD
RECORD: 18-14-6
GAA: 2.52 | SVP: 0.901

NEWARK, N.J. -- The chances New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will get one final start before the conclusion of the season look pretty good.

At least that's what Devils coach Peter DeBoer would like to see transpire Sunday when the Devils close their 2013-14 schedule against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.

It will give fans one more opportunity to chant Brodeur's name and applaud the effort one final time if it is his curtain call for the only organization he's played for the past 20 seasons.

"Every time I play it could be my last game," Brodeur said following a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Friday. "That's the way I kind of approach it."

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Penguins' Letang 'darn good' in return from stroke

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 12:05 AM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang noticed some areas he could improve in his first game back after having a stroke but was pleased with his performance Wednesday.

Letang finished with one assist and two shots in 22:30 of ice time in Pittsburgh's 4-3 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings. He said he didn't feel any lingering effects of his stroke after the game.

"There are some things I felt good about, some things I have to get my timing back," Letang said. "Hockey is about timing and, I don't know, maybe it's going to take a week, maybe it's going to take two weeks."

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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Malkin vs. Datsyuk

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. For this week, we are trying to determine which superstar Russian center will have the biggest effect on his team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.

It's been a star-crossed season for Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings. Injuries have taken their toll on the superstar centers. But as the Stanley Cup Playoffs approach, each are doing what they can to positively impact their team.

Datsyuk returned to the lineup April 4 after a five-week absence to allow an injury to his right knee to heal and will use the last days of the regular season to fine-tune his game for the postseason.

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Union joins perennial powers in Frozen Four field

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Boston College, Minnesota and North Dakota are three of the glory programs of NCAA men's hockey. They've combined for 65 Frozen Four appearances, and every year but one since 1997 at least one of them has been among the last four teams playing.

However, only one college hockey team this season won its regular-season and playoff conference championship: Union College. Though the Dutchmen might not have the cache of the other teams in Philadelphia for the 2014 Frozen Four, they have just as good a chance of adding an NCAA title to the school trophy case.

Union was the top-ranked team in the final USCHO.com poll, earning 31 of 50 first-place votes. They went 30-6-4 to finish first in the East Coast Athletic Conference and beat Colgate in the conference tournament final. Wins against Vermont and Providence in the East Regional earned Union its second trip to the Frozen Four in the past three years.

Union will play in the first semifinal Thursday, against Boston College (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2), with Minnesota facing North Dakota (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) in the second game. The winners will play Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Blues' Oshie thankful for infant daughter's progress

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 10:56 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- It's been quite a year for T.J. Oshie.

The St. Louis Blues right wing became an instant sensation after his shootout exhibition for the United States against Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in which he scored four of six times during a 3-2 shootout victory. He became engaged to girlfriend Lauren Cosgrove and was soon a first-time father, when Cosgrove delivered the couple's first child, a girl named Lyla Grace, on March 17.

Those are moments people treasure for the rest of their lives, and Oshie will continue to make more memories with his daughter. There was a major obstacle at the beginning of her young life though.

While there were no complications with the actual birth of their firstborn child, Oshie and Cosgrove were immediately faced with a big challenge as parents - one that required surgery for their daughter.

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Returning to Detroit makes trade easier for Legwand

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 9:47 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Detroit Red Wings center David Legwand knows how fortunate he is. He understands how unique his situation is.

Players like Legwand, whose contract runs out after the season, get moved at the NHL Trade Deadline all the time. They quickly pack a bag and race from one town to the next to meet their new team, leaving their families, if they have one, behind. They get holed up in a hotel, eat their meals either out or by way of room service, speak to their kids on Face Time or Skype, immerse themselves in hockey and ride it out until the season ends.

They rarely get traded to the place they call home, the city where they grew up, but that's what happened to Legwand on exactly one month ago, when the Nashville Predators traded him to the Red Wings for forward Patrick Eaves, forward Calle Jarnkrok and a conditional 2014 draft pick.

Legwand, who was Nashville's first draft pick (No. 2 in 1998) and never played a game for a different organization until March 6, said the trade to his native Detroit has made a big difference in how quickly he has been able to assimilate into the Red Wings' way of life.

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Capitals left reaching after late loss to Devils

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 12:04 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Here were the Washington Capitals, with fading Stanley Cup Playoff hopes, backing up in a tie game Friday at Prudential Center, the clock dipping under five minutes to play in the third period.

Mike Green was defending as the New Jersey Devils were charging. He saw the play developing right in front of him. He might see it in his nightmares now.

"He just got the puck in the middle, I came over, he pulled it and shot," Green said outside the visitors dressing room following Washington's 2-1 loss, his voice trailing off as he spoke quietly.

Green was hoping a pass by Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky, a nearly 2-foot beauty of a saucer, wouldn't make it to forward Ryan Carter, but it did. Green thought Carter might struggle to settle it down, but he didn't. Instead of moving far enough over to put his body in Carter's shooting lane, Green reached out his stick with his left hand, waving it, hoping Carter's shot would hit the shaft and the puck would go astray.

It went in the net, underneath goalie Jaroslav Halak's left pad with 4:54 remaining.

"You can't blame one guy, you can't blame one play," Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said. "You can see we have a good game, but one break cost us two points, or a point."

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Van Massenhoven to officiate final game in Detroit

Friday, 04.04.2014 / 7:33 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Longtime NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven will officiate his final game Friday when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Detroit Red Wings.

The game will draw to a close a career that includes 1,278 regular-season games; 87 Stanley Cup Playoff games; the 2006 Torino Olympics; the 2008 NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo; the 2004 World Cup of Hockey; and the 2002 NHL All-Star Game.

Given the choice where to officiate his final game after more than 20 years in the NHL, Van Massenhoven didn't have to think long before selecting Joe Louis Arena.

"Detroit is close to my home, which makes it easier for family and friends," the 53-year-old said. "A lot of the teams have great buildings, but it's cool to go to the Joe."

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