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Zajac Scores Lone Goal in Devils 2-1 Loss to Senators

Devils fall to Senators 2-1: Three Things We Learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer /

2/21 Postgame: NJD falls to OTT

2/21 Postgame: Devils fall to Sens 2-1

Taylor Hall, Cory Schneider, Andy Greene, Travis Zajac and Coach John Hynes spoke to the media following the Devils 2-1 loss to Ottawa

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The Devils lost 2-1 to Ottawa tonight at Prudential Center despite a power play goal by Travis Zajac. Here's what we learned: 

1) The Devils had just one opportunity on the man advantage due to a delay-of-game penalty and Zajac only needed 42 seconds to make it count. When the Devils are able to get low and create havoc in the slot, they find themselves more successful than not. 

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Brown OT Goal lifts Tenafly in NJSIAA/Devils Tourney

First Round of State Tournament in the Books; Sweet-16 Stage is Set

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS /

The first round of the 2017 NJSIAA/Devils State Tournament is in the books. A total of 30 games were played around the Garden State this week with another 24 second-round bouts on tap beginning today. Here's a recap of all of Tuesday's action including live coverage from Tenafly-Montclair at Mackay Park:

ENGLEWOOD -- Survive and advance.

Tenafly did both after Matt Brown's game-winning goal 1:23 into overtime ensured it would not go home yet as the 14th-seeded Tigers edged 19th-seeded Montclair in sudden-death, 2-1, in the first round of the NJSIAA/Devils State Tournament at Mackay Park in Englewood. 

With both goalies at the top of their game, Tenafly defenseman Michael Anderson held the line in the offensive zone before working the puck over to Michael Ranaldi at the point. Ranaldi slid from right-to-left before feeding Brown in the slot for the one-timer to secure the Bergen County school's first state tournament victory in five years.

"I gotta say, I think this is the biggest one so far," Brown said after recording his team-leading 35th goal of the season. "I was down low, I came up the middle and he hit me with a one-timer and it went in. It feels great for this team. I want to go as far as we can for them and everyone else."

"We knew we were going to get one," Brown said. "It was just a matter of when."

Kellum Foster-Palmer put Montclair on the board first just 3:39 into the game when he picked up a loose puck and ripped it home to give the Mounties a 1-0 lead. Julian Tallier tied it up for Tenafly-Cresskill, however, just 2:36 later off a set up from Ranaldi and Michael Chang. 

The game would remain scoreless until Brown's fine finish. Tenafly-Cresskill improves to 15-8-2 and in the midst of its best season since its memorable Public B state finals run in 2012.

"We were down a couple players with injuries and just found a way," Tenafly coach Andy Escala said. "You have a guy like Matt Brown out there, plays the whole game on defense, practically, and gets the game-winner. 

"Montclair did a great job trying to neutralize Matt, shadowed him the whole game, but it was great passing, back over to him for the one-timer," Escala, in his 19th season, said. "Kyle Picinic, my goalie, the first shot went in then he shut them down from there on. He was outstanding."

Picinic finished with 21 saves for Tenafly, which advances to take on Randolph in the second round. Montclair goalie Ondrej Smalec was equally as impressive, giving his team a chance with 26 saves in between the pipes.

"We knew what they were coming into this game, studied them on film and had a game plan we executed very well," Smalec said. "Their best player had one legitimate scoring chance and scored on it. That's how hockey works."

Smalec graduates one of the most decorated goalies in Montclair school history.

"Honestly, I'm thankful for every single player and every single moment of every season," the senior gracefully said after the final game of his career.  

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Cammalleri and Quincey Return to Lineup vs. Senators

Devils host the Ottawa Senators for the second time in less than a week tonight at The Rock

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

2/21 Pregame: NJD vs. OTT

2/21 Pregame Preview: Devils vs. Senators

Michael Cammalleri and Kyle Quincey are expected to return to the Devils' lineup tonight when the club hosts the Senators at The Rock

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Cammy's Back
Michael Cammalleri's two game stretch as a healthy scratch will come to an end tonight at Prudential Center. After missing the last two games, expect a motivated Cammy to make an impact on tonight's game. Cammalleri isn't overthinking his return to the lineup. "I'm just going to try and play the best that I can." 
Lineup Shakeup
Since Cammalleri will be skating in tonight's game vs. the Senators, expect a big shakeup to the forward lines. The top line of Hall-Zajac-Palmieri remained the same at today's morning skate, but the remaining three lines had new looks. Adam Henrique centered the second line between Pavel Zacha and PA Parenteau. Cammalleri was replacing Zacha on the third line this morning and skated with Jacob Josefson and Stefan Noesen. Rounding out the fourth line at morning skate was Wood-Blandisi-DSP.

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Preview: Senators at Devils

Ottawa missing three injured forwards; left wing Michael Cammalleri back in lineup for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

SENATORS (31-20-6) at DEVILS (25-24-10)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN5, RDS2, NHL.TV

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2017 NJSIAA/Devils State Hockey Tournament Underway

Recap all the action so far around the 2017 NJSIAA/Devils State Hockey Tournament

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS /

The first round of the 2017 NJSIAA/Devils State Tournament is underway. Seventeen games are already in the books with another 16 first-round games on tap for Tuesday. Here's a recap of all the action so far around the Garden State:

Public A 

First Round

1-Morris Knolls 5, 32-Mount Olive/Hopatcong 0: Chris Conway scored twice and Kenny Riddett added a goal and four assists as Morris Knolls skated past Mount Olive at Mennen Arena in Morris Township. Nick Rupp and Alex Welch also hit while Ty Franchi posted an 11-save shutout. The Rockaway school will meet Robbinsville in the Sweet-16.

5-Livingston 5, 28-Lawrence/Hightstown/Ewing 1: Chase Friedfertig picked up two goals and two assists while Matthew Delseni made 19 saves as Livingston defeated Lawrence at Codey Arena in West Orange. Connor Flaherty, Max Solomon and Jacob Fuhrman also hit for Livingston, which is set to take on Morristown in the Second Round. Nicholas Giaramita scored for Lawrence.

7-Bridgewater-Raritan 4, 26-Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove 1: Jake Goldstein scored twice while goaltender Corey Fewer made 16 saves as Bridgewater prevailed at Protec Ponds in Somerset. Jayson Lisk and Lucas Timm also found the back of the net for Bridgewater, which will take on River Dell in the Sweet-16. Dan Lapinski scored for Passaic Valley.

8-Southern Regional 6, 25-Northern Valley/Hasbrouck Heights/Old Tappan 0: David Lytle led the way with four goals and Nicholas Englebert and Paul Keyes each registered a pair of assists as Southern defeated Northern Valley at Winding River Rink in Toms River. Nolan Ruff scored twice and Cameron Conrad made 25 saves to post the shutout for his Manahawkin school which will meet Princeton in the Second Round.

9-Princeton 6, 24-Ridgewood 3: Aidan Trainor sparkled with two goals and three assists, powering Princeton past Ridgewood at Mercer County Rink in West Windsor. Rocco Salvato also scored twice and Justin Joyce and Brendon McCormick also hit for Princeton, which received 15 saves from Sawyer Peck. J.P. Kelly accounted for all three Ridgewood goals. Princeton will take on Southern in the Sweet-16.

10-River Dell 3, 23-Toms River North 2: Eddie Dahdah scored twice while Matt Ajello made 22 saves as River Dell stunned Toms River North in overtime at the Ice House in Hackensack. Christian Proot also scored and Jackson Henig has two assists for River Dell, which will meet Bridgewater in the Second Round after securing its first state playoff win since 2005. Shea Bontempo and Nick Pica hit for Toms River North.

12-Morristown 2, 21-Howell 0: Connor Critchley and Nate DeFares found the back of the net while Harrison Brown turned aside all 16 shots he faced when Morristown topped Howell at Mennen Arena in Morristown. Bobby Dovenero made 39 saves for Howell. Morristown will skate against Livingston in the Public A Sweet-16.


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2/21 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Senators

New Jersey Devils (25-24-10) vs. Ottawa Senators (31-20-6) 7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

by New Jersey Devils @NJDevils /


Tonight is the third and final meeting between the Devils and Senators this season. New Jersey has never been held without a point in a season-series vs. Ottawa. The only season ever that New Jersey failed to win a game vs. the Senators was the 2012-13 season (0-1-2). The Devils were shut-out, 3-0, when the teams last met at Prudential Center on Feb. 16.

New Jersey is 3-2-1 at Prudential Center this month. The Devils are 7-9-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 15-15-5 against Eastern Conference opponents this season.

Cory Schneider has a career .945 save-percentage vs. the Senators, which is his best save-percentage among Eastern Conference opponents. Michael Cammalleri has seven points (3g-4a) over his last six games against Ottawa.

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John Hynes reflects on path to NHL with Devils

Hockey Week Across America helps coach show appreciation of journey through USA development program

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- John Hynes was playing at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, the first time he even considered a career in coaching.

Never could he envision being named the 17th coach in the history of the New Jersey Devils on June 2, 2015. It was a position earned through hard work and because of, in large part, lessons learned along his USA Hockey development path as a player and coach.

Reflecting on that journey never gets old to Hynes, especially during Hockey Week Across America.

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Devils fall to Islanders at Barclays Center

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

by Michelle Gingras /

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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