More head-related injury problems for Ryane Clowe.
On Tuesday, the Devils placed Clowe on injured reserve — retroactive to Nov. 6 — the latest in what’s been a reoccurring issue for the 32-year-old forward. In a related move, New Jersey activated Martin Havlat off IR after he missed the last nine games with a lower-body ailment.
But back to Clowe for a sec. Here’s more, from NorthJersey.com:
Clowe suffered a head injury in the Nov. 6 game in St. Louis and has missed the last two matches. The team has not acknowledged that the big winger has suffered another concussion, but that appears likely.
The former Shark and Ranger has missed a ton of time over the last three seasons with concussion issues.
The Boston Bruins have won five straight.
The headlines, however, might focus more on a beautiful goal the result of a determined effort from Bruins’ forward Seth Griffith in the second period of Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. It counted as the winner, as Boston took the game over late in the middle frame and held on for a 4-2 victory, with Devils’ goalie Cory Schneider taking responsibility.
And that brilliant individual effort all started from a Griffith shot block in the defensive end.
“I was obviously happy with the blocked shot. It just goes to show, you do stuff like that and it pays off,” said Griffith, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.
“To score a highlight goal like that, it originates with a simple, honest, hard-working play,” added Bruins’ center Gregory Campbell, as per Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.
Meanwhile, this little streak the Bruins are on has put them three points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the Atlantic Division.
His 15th consecutive start counted as his sixth loss of the season, and Cory Schneider held himself accountable following the latest defeat Monday.
The New Jersey Devils fell to the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-2, despite applying the pressure to get back into the game in the third period. The Devils also got another milestone goal from Jaromir Jagr. Two points, on the other hand, eluded them.
The 28-year-old Schneider took some of the blame, after he allowed all four goals 23 shots. He didn’t get much work in the final 20 minutes, as his teammates pressed offensively.
“I thought my teammates played well enough to get points tonight. Unfortunately, I didn’t,” said Schneider, as per the Devils’ Twitter account.
“I can absolutely be better. It’s time to stop talking and just go do it,” he added.
It’s no secret Schneider has struggled in the New Jersey of late. He had been pulled in his previous two outings; his goals-against average sits at 3.00 and his save percentage at .901. And the Devils have now lost four straight, allowing a combined 13 goals in that span, although 12 of those have come in the last three games combined.
The Devils are right back at it Tuesday, as they host the Minnesota Wild. Who starts in goal for New Jersey is unknown at this point.
We already have one candidate for possible goal of the year, courtesy of St. Louis Blues sensation Vladimir Tarasenko. Did we witness another on Monday, courtesy of Boston Bruins forward Seth Griffith.
Late in the second period, Griffith blocked a shot in his defensive end, took off back the other way, managed to fend off two New Jersey Devils defensemen and, as if that wasn’t enough, finally beat goalie Cory Schneider with a no-look, through-the-legs backhander.
For Griffith, that’s his fourth goal of the year. It also gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead. They added another to that total before the end of the second period.
Another night, another record-setting moment for Jaromir Jagr.
On Monday against Boston, that narrative held true — Jagr scored his third goal of the campaign and 708th of his illustrious career, moving him into a tie with Hall of Famer Mike Gartner for sixth all-time in goals:
Earlier this season, Jagr moved into sixth all-time in points, with 1,756, passing another Hall of Famer — Steve Yzerman — in the process.
Here’s a look at what’s next on the career leaderboard for Jagr in terms of both goals and points. First, goals:
As you can see, there’s a very real chance Jagr will finish this season fourth on both the points and goals list, which is remarkable.