Scott Stevens speaks to an upset David Clarkson

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When you’re a bit discouraged and upset after taking a number of
penalties in game 3 against the Flyers, including the one that led to
the game-winning goal by Dan Carcillo, it helps to have perhaps one of
the greatest on-ice leaders in the history of the NHL as your assistant

Scott Stevens, former Devils captain and current assistant
coach, took Clarkson aside and spoke to him about (supposedly) keeping
his head up and keeping that competitive fire going after a downer of a
game. Of course, we’ll never know exactly what he said.

Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

“I was upset. You’re down,” Clarkson said this morning. “As a
competitor you want to come back the next game and be the difference.

“It was Scotty who spoke to me. I admire him. He pulled me aside and
spoke to me. I appreciate what he said.”

You can certainly understand why Clarkson would be upset, but it’s
tough to fault him for what was certainly a very, very borderline call
in overtime. I’d be more upset with the lack of defensive coverage in
front of the net that allowed Carcillo to get to the rebound all alone.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”