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Video: Zubrus scores nine seconds into game vs. Pens

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The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start as Dainius Zubrus beat Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on the first shot of the night:

Zubrus was a mere second shy of the Devils’ record for the quickest goal to open a contest, according to The Record’s Tom Gulitti.

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t demoralized though. They ended up heavily out shooting the Devils early in the first period and got the equalizer from Blake Comeau at 7:17:

Goalie nods: Emery gets third straight for Flyers


News and notes from around the crease…

Philly goes back to Sugar Ray

Ray Emery will make his third straight start tonight when the Flyers host the Kings at Wells Fargo. Emery’s streak of consecutive nods began last Wednesday in Pittsburgh, when he backstopped the Flyers to a 5-3 win, then continued on Saturday when he made 35 saves in a win over Detroit (in which Philly was badly out-shot, 37-17.)

On the year, Emery has a 2.60 GAA and .914 save percentage, superior numbers to those of the struggling Steve Mason (0-3-1, 3.83 GAA, .878 save percentage).

As for the Kings, they’ve yet to announce a starter but it sounds as though Jonathan Quick is likely.


Wild at Bruins: Niklas Backstrom for Minnesota, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Jets at Isles: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Jaroslav Halak

Devils at Pens: Cory Schneider vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Sens at Jackets: Robin Lehner vs. Curtis McElhinney

Coyotes at Lightning: Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Mike Smith likely for Arizona

Sabres at Leafs: Michal Neuvirth vs. Jonathan Bernier

Ducks at ‘Hawks: John Gibson vs. Scott Darling (read more here)

Blues at Stars: Brian Elliott vs. Kari Lehtonen

Sharks at Avs: Antti Niemi vs. Semyon Varlamov

Habs at Flames: Carey Price vs. Jonas Hiller

‘Canes at Canucks: Cam Ward vs. Ryan Miller

Devils’ leading goalscorer Cammalleri (jaw) out vs. Pens


New Jersey will be without prized free agent acquisition Mike Cammalleri tonight when it takes on the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Cammalleri, who leads the club with five goals in eight games, is sidelined with a jaw injury suffered during Friday’s shootout loss to Dallas, per

Despite the injury, Cammalleri played in Saturday’s 3-2 OT win over Ottawa, though he was largely a non-factor in just under 20 minutes of ice time, going scoreless while failing to record a shot on goal, blocked shot or hit.

The 32-year-old winger, who signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Devils on the opening day of free agency, has been a really solid pickup thus far. Cammalleri had at least one point in New Jersey’s first five games of the season and currently sits second on the team in scoring, behind Adam Henrique (eight points).

Devils’ Schneider is ‘prepared’ to play 70+ games


During his incredible career with the New Jersey Devils, Martin Brodeur played at least 70 games 12 different times. The NHL still has its fair share of “workhorse” goalies, yet we haven’t seen someone shoulder the burden of 70+ games since 2011-12.*

In his first season as an unquestioned No. 1, Cory Schneider told the Newark Star-Ledger that he’ll gladly aim for such a haul.

“I’m very prepared,” Schneider said. “You try to take it game by game, or in smaller segments. If you think about it as an 82-game season it gets pretty overwhelming and you sort of lose focus on what’s coming up next. For me it’s more about the next game than trying to figure out what I’m going to feel like 30, 40 50 games in.”

That’s a pretty ambitious goal for a netminder who set a career-high with 45 games played last season.

Granted, the 28-year-old transitioned from a playing time tug-of-war with one potential Hall-of-Famer (Roberto Luongo) in Vancouver to a certain one in Brodeur, so it’s not as though we can openly question his conditioning.

Schneider discussed the “mental and physical side of things,” yet the team’s schedule will be the biggest hurdle.

“The schedule is going to dictate a lot,” Schneider said. “We’ve been fortunate to have a pretty broken-up start here where I’m able to handle it. But I know next month things get pretty hectic. Clemmer has been working hard and we have a lot of faith in him to step in there and play games when he has to. I’m sure we’ll find times to manage the schedule almost mores than managing myself.”

Indeed, it might be tough to pull this off, even ignoring NHL trends. The Devils came into 2014-15 tied for the second-most back-to-back sets with 18, and they’ve only knocked one of those out (Schneider went 1-0-1 this past Friday and Saturday).

As far as backups go, the Devils have two interesting-if-flawed options in veteran Scott Clemmensen and young goalie Keith Kinkaid.

Many believe that the Devils could be a “bubble team” this season, which means that they might need to lean on Schneider quite a bit more than what’s become the norm in the NHL. At least he sounds like he’d prefer it that way, though.

* – Three goalies did so then: Pekka Rinne (73 games played), Jonas Hiller (73) and Miikka Kiprusoff (70).

Sharks’ John Scott suspended two games


San Jose Sharks tough guy John Scott has been suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change to start an altercation.

The incident occurred Sunday night during the Sharks’ 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The Department of Player Safety cited Rule 70.2 in Scott’s suspension, which states, “A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.”

Scott’s suspension is the first under new Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.

In the video outlining the reasoning for the suspension, Patrick Burke says during the Monday hearing, Scott admitted his intent when coming off the bench was to challenge Tim Jackman.

Scott will forfeit $17,073.18 in salary and miss San Jose’s games Tuesday in Colorado and Thursday in Minnesota. Scott broke into the NHL with the Wild during the 2008-09 season.

Two seasons ago, while with the Sharks, Ryane Clowe was suspended two games for a similar incident.