Peter DeBoer

Devils unconcerned with Rangers’ third-period scoring


During New Jersey’s Thursday media session, Peter DeBoer and Patrik Elias were both asked about the number of goals New York has scored in the third period.

Q. You talked about how you responded in the third period. You had 12 goals, but eight have been in the third period. How concerning is that to you moving forward?

DeBOER: That we’ve given up eight goals in the third period?

Q. Yeah, you’ve allowed 12 in the series to the Rangers, but eight of them have been in the third period.

DeBOER: Oh, yeah. Well, we’re winning the series 3-2. I don’t care when we give up the goals as long as we win the games.

Q. You talked about you have to play better. Specifically what do you have to do in the third period here? You go out of the 12 goals in the series. What do you have to do to lead tomorrow?

ELIAS: Can you repeat that? What do we have to do better in the third period?

Q. Yeah, 8 of the 12 goals you’ve allowed in the series have been in the third. How do you play better in the third so your leads don’t slip away?

PATRIK ELIAS: Well, didn’t we score two goals yesterday and they got one in the third? So as long as we get more goals than they do, that’s fine. 


The problem with this line of questioning? While the Rangers’ goal total looks compelling, it isn’t really indicative of how the third periods have played out:

— Two of New York’s eight third period markers went into an empty net

— Devils have outscored the Rangers in the final frames of Games 2, 4 and 5.

— Overall, the Rangers lead the Devils in third-period scoring by an 8-5 margin, which is hardly overwhelming.

Elias went on to dismiss the third period scoring discrepancy altogether.

“I don’t think that’s an issue anybody’s thinking about,” he concluded. “We’re not talking about it as an issue.”

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

Jaromir Jagr
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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.