Consider this a warning to anyone attending Saturday’s Devils-Rangers game at the Prudential Center in Newark – there will be lots of cops there.
So don’t, like, hold up a liquor store or something.
According to The Star-Ledger, the beefed-up security comes in the wake of “a rare violent outbreak after a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert two weeks ago” that saw “a roving band of teenagers” assault and rob a handful of people leaving the arena.
Dozens of arrests have been made since, but police will still be out in force.
“There will be in increase in uniform presence on foot. There will be in increase in marked patrol units around the arena,” said Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio. “There’s also going to be an increase in plain-clothes officers on foot and in unmarked cars in the arena and in the arena area.”
Newark doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to crime, but it doesn’t sound like this is a common occurrence outside the Prudential Center.
Ducks likely to recall Khudobin after Gibson injury
For two periods, the Dallas Stars seemed to say, “Are you sure the Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL?”
They chased Braden Holtby and built a 4-0 lead through those first 40 minutes, and that was enough … but barely. The Stars beat the Capitals 4-3 on Saturday, which accomplished the following:
Dallas ended Washington’s winning streak at five games. The Stars have now won three straight.
This win slides the Stars ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the highly competitive Central Division. While both teams sit at 77 standings points, Dallas holds three games in hand.
By passing Chicago, the Stars now lead the Western Conference as a whole.
Impressive stuff. Some might even call it a statement game, although others may hold that nail-biting ending against them (possibly arguing that the Stars’ flaws may come back to haunt them in the playoffs).
Dallas’ biggest concern likely has little to do with doubters. Instead, they must monitor the statuses of forwards Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin.
The Chicago Blackhawks are on edge on Saturday, and it’s not because of what’s currently a close game against the Anaheim Ducks.
(Not that they’re indifferent toward a match against their opponents from last year’s conference final match, mind you.)
Instead, the Blackhawks are quite concerned about the health of Marian Hossa, who needed help off of the ice following an awkward, scary-looking crash into the boards. (Hampus Lindholm delivered the hip check that sent Hossa sprawling, in case you’re wondering.)
You can see that moment in the video above, while My Regular Face’s GIF also captures that troubling moment: