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Devils edged by Isles 6-4: Three Things We Learned

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Devils fall to Islanders, 6-4

NJD Recap: Devils' rally falls short in 6-4 loss

Taylor Hall scored a goal and added two assists, but it would not be enough as the Devils could not stop the Islanders' offense in a 6-4 loss

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The New Jersey Devils faced off against the Islanders in the second half of their home-and-home series, splitting the series in tonight's 6-4 loss in Brooklyn. The Devils have not defeated the Islanders on the road since March 1, 2014. However, despite the loss, there were some key positives to take away from tonight's game. 

In another playoff-like atmosphere, the Devils youth stepped up, an encouraging sign for the future of the franchise. Miles Wood netted his eighth goal of the year on a power play in the first period, Taylor Hall tallied his 14th goal of the year, and Joseph Blandisi got on the board for the first time this season. 

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Hunterdon Central OT Goal Secures First-Ever Skyland

Scott Schnell's Goal 7:44 into Sudden-Death Lifts Flemington School to First Cup in School History

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSports /

 With each scoreless second slipping off the clock it seemed the game's first goal could very well be its last.

After 42:07 of scoreless hockey, Sasha Pace snapped a scoreless tie with 2:53 remaining in regulation to give Hunterdon Central the lead but Ridge tied it and forced overtime 1:23 later before Scott Schnell's blast from the point found a home 7:44 into sudden-death as second-seeded Hunterdon Central stunned top-seeded Ridge, 2-1, in the final of the 8th annual Skyland Cup at Protec Ponds in Somerset.

"The puck was on the side, Grant Martin fed it back to me at the point, I walked it across, saw a lane and just ripped it on net," as Schnell played back the historic game-winning overtime goal. "Unbelievable. I can't even put it into words. I've been dreaming about this my entire life."

For Martin, Will Little, Bryce Steckroat, Travis Pupa and coach Paul Cavanaugh's group of seniors, the triumph was a monumental one marking Hunterdon Central's first Cup title in school history.

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2/19 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Islanders

New Jersey Devils (25-23-10) at New York Islanders (26-21-10) 6PM ET • Barclays Center • MSG • TOJN/WFAN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /


Tonight is the second of four games between the Devils and Islanders in 2016-17. New Jersey won the first game of this home-and-home set 3-2 last night at Prudential Center. The clubs will meet again on Mar. 31 at Barclays Center before wrapping up their season-series Apr. 8 at The Rock.

This is New Jersey's 13th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The club is 4-5-4 in first contests and is 7-2-3 in second games on consecutive days.

The club is 8-5-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 15-14-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils have not defeated the Isles on the road since Mar. 1, 2014 (0-3-2), but is 10-9-6 overall against them since the 2011-12 season.

Travis Zajac's has more points vs. the Islanders, 33pts (12g-21a), than any other opponent in his career.

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Devils win first of home-and-home series vs Islanders

Strong start, special teams, and goaltending contribute to Saturday's victory

by Michelle Gingras /

The Devils took the first half of a two-game home-and-home series in their 3-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd. The Devils played one of their more complete games of the season in what they described as a "playoff-like" atmosphere at the Rock. Here are three keys that helped contribute to tonight's victory.

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Devils look to close playoff gap tonight vs. Isles

Puck drops at 7PM at Prudential Center

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

2/18 Preview: NJD vs. NYI

2/18 Pregame Preview: Devils vs. Islanders

Cory Schneider, Andy Greene, Adam Henrique, Stephen Gionta and PA Parenteau met with the media prior to Devils vs. Islanders

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The Devils will host the Islanders tonight at The Rock, kicking off a home-and-home series that will conclude tomorrow in Brooklyn. New Jersey currently trails the Isles by four points in the standings, presumably making this stretch a crucial two games. Tonight's starting goaltender Cory Schneider is aware that the Islanders have turned things around lately, but believe the Devils are in control of their own successes. "It comes down to our room and how we're playing. We have to make sure we're executing all of our systems correctly."

Parenteau Remains Focused Against Former Team    
PA Parenteau takes on the Isles for the first-time since being waived this summer. Parenteau knows the Devils are currently chasing the Isles in the standings and is on the hunt for two points tonight. "I'm focused on this weekend. This is make it or break it for us." 

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Devils Acquire Defenseman Viktor Loov from Toronto

The Devils acquire defenseman Viktor Loov from Toronto in exchange for forward Sergey Kalinin

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /

The New Jersey Devils today acquired defenseman Viktor Loov from Toronto in exchange for forward Sergey Kalinin. Loov will report to Albany (AHL).

Loov, 24, has spent his entire North American career with the Maple Leafs' organization since the 2014-15 season. In 2015-16, he recorded two assists and had a combined plus-4 rating in four NHL games with the Maple Leafs. This season, Loov has played in 41 AHL games for the Toronto Marlies and has two goals, four assists for six points and 43 penalty minutes. In 170 AHL games from 2014-17, he has recorded 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points and 127 penalty minutes.

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A Short Look at the Henrique-Gionta Friendship

Former teammates and social media foes face-off against each other for the first time during #NYIvsNJD

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Adam Henrique and Stephen Gionta have had a very entertaining friendship for Devils fans. In what has usually been a one-sided "feud", Henrique has pointed the majority of his social media jabs in Gionta's direction. After spending ten seasons with the Devils' organization, Gionta signed as a free agent this summer with the New York Islanders. Before the duo faces-off as opponents for the first-time tonight, look back at some of the best Adam Henrique roasts that came at the expense of Stephen Gionta.

Tweet from @AdamHenrique: Gio was a little jealous he didn't get a bobblehead... Introducing the new @steviegio11 pez dispenser! from @AdamHenrique: Congratulations to @steviegio11 on finally getting verified on Twitter. Took a... Short �� amount of time to be done. from @AdamHenrique: . @steviegio11 would have aced this test! from @AdamHenrique: Anyone see the new @steviegio11 filter on snapchat? from @AdamHenrique: . @NJDevils I call them ���The Pads of Seduction��� inspired by @steviegio11! I hope you like them @Blockaid1

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Bosland, Malone, Kobryn Lead Delbarton to Gordon Cup

Delbarton captures seventh Gordon Cup title with 5-0 triumph over Pope John

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSports /

Despite more cup and NJSIAA titles than any other team in state history, Delbarton takes absolutely nothing for granted.
After falling short in the cup final last season, Delbarton made no mistake this time around as Jack Malone scored twice, Andrew Bosland and Mark Benemerito each tallied a goal and an assist while Troy Kobryn was flawless in net as the top-seeded team in the tournament skated off with a 5-0 triumph over second-seeded Pope John in the final of the 59th annual Gordon Cup at Codey Arena in West Orange.

"It's huge. Coming off a loss to CBA last year we definitely wanted to come back here and hold that trophy," sophomore Jack Malone said. "Coming into today we knew we had to play well against a good Pope John team and we were able to do all the things we wanted to do. We've really been clicking as a group. I think we're playing our best hockey."
The title marked Delbarton's seventh Gordon Cup in school history. It also has 18 Mennen Cups to its credit along with nine NJSIAA state titles on its resume, including six straight from 2008-'13.

Nick Siffringer set the tone from the drop of the puck with his goal 2:36 into the game and the Morris Township school went into lockdown, defensively, with a dump and chase regimen while standing Pope John up at its own blue line. Delbarton outshot its conference rival from Sparta 12-2 in the first period before coming back with 13 more shots in the second producing goals from Bosland and Malone to establish a 3-0 lead after two.

"I kept doing what I'm doing, making stops, trying to keep us in it hoping maybe we'd get a lucky goal," Pope John sophomore goalie Matt Schoer, who stood tall with 38 saves, said. "They are a hard forechecking team, got to rebounds, screened me, did everything they could to put the puck in the net."


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2/18 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Islanders

New Jersey Devils (24-23-10) vs. New York Islanders (26-20-10) 7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • TOJN/WFAN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /


Tonight is the first of four games between the Devils and Islanders in 2016-17. The teams will meet for the conclusion of this home-and-home set tomorrow at Barclays Center. In 2015-16, New Jersey was 1-3-0 against New York, winning their only game in a shootout on Oct. 31, 2015 at Prudential Center.

This is New Jersey's 13th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The club is 3-5-4 in first contests and is 7-2-3 in second games on consecutive days. The Devils are also facing-off in the final game of their season-long, five-game home-stand, in which they are 2-2-0.

The club is 7-5-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 14-14-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. Despite owning a 48-38-12 all-time record at home vs. the Isles, the Devils are 3-4-4 at the Rock against them since the 2011-12 season. However, New Jersey is 6-5-2 vs. the Islanders on the road since the 2011-12 season.

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Bonnelli Lifts Morristown-Beard in Mennen Cup Final

Morristown-Beard Wins 11th Mennen Cup on Bonelli goal with 5:31 left, defeating Morris Knolls 4-3

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSports /

It took Morristown-Beard nearly 40 minutes before it finally took its first lead of the game. But when it finally broke through, it never let go.

Will Bonnelli's goal, assisted by Sam Schappel with 5:31 remaining in regulation, gave second-seeded Morristown-Beard a lead it would not relinquish as the 10-time and defending champions held on to stun top-seeded Morris Knolls, 4-3, in the final of the 42nd annual Mennen Cup at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

Isaac Davison, Max Cassella and Mike Karrat each delivered game-tying goals, helping Morristown-Beard erase three one-goal deficits while goaltender Anthony DelTufo stood tall with 18 saves before Bonnelli's sixth goal of the season capped off one of the wildest finishes in Mennen Cup history.

"Coach Randy Velischek always says, 'Get in front of the net and good things will come of it.' So that's what I did, the puck came right to me, I saw my opportunity and got a stick on it," Bonnelli described his game-winning goal. "We never had two guys on the puck the whole game but in between periods we talked about and went out did it in the third. We really showed it out there.

"We were never the underdog in this game," Bonnelli said. "This team has a lot of skill. Not only skill but heart and determination. That's what really helped us out there."

The triumph marks Morristown-Beard's 11th Mennen Cup title, trailing only Delbarton (18) for the most cups, all-time, in the rich history of the tournament. Coach Velischek, who played five seasons for the New Jersey Devils (1985-1990), was thrilled the way his team battled back from three deficits, specifically with three timely goals down the stretch in the third period.

"I really loved the way we held them in for large parts of the game, really happy with the way we played defense," Velischek said. "Historically, we're not a team that blocks a lot of shots but when push came to shove our defensemen and a couple of our forwards really stepped up and blocked a lot of shots."

Alex Welch and Chris Conway gave Morris Knolls a 2-1 lead it carried into the second intermission. Cassella tied it up at 2-2 just 26 seconds into the third period but Conway came right back with his second goal of the game to return the lead to Morris Knolls just 40 seconds later. Not to be outdone, Karrat came right back finishing an outstanding set up from Brayden Patricia as Morristown-Beard battled back to once again tie the score at 3-3 exactly one minute after Conway gave Morris Knolls its third lead of the game.

Karrat's goal was the last in a flurry of three goals in 1:40 to begin the third period, setting the stage for Bonnelli to record the game-winner.

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