Devils’ Henrique undergoes wrist surgery, expects 4-6 week recovery

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It turns out that the New Jersey Devils only have one player who needed offseason surgery, and Adam Henrique got his wrist “cleaned up,” as GM Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star-Ledger.

Henrique, 25, underwent an MRI that showed a need for minor surgery, according to Lamiorello. The Devils guess that the window of recovery will be about four-to-six weeks, which means that the young forward shouldn’t face too major an interruption to summer training.

Henrique scored 16 goals on 127 shots in 75 games, down from 25 tallies in 77 contests in 2013-14. He still managed to score 43 points, so it wasn’t a total waste for Henrique.

Lamoriello explained that it was the kind of issue that Henrique could have played through if New Jersey made the playoffs, yet this will help him avoid a helpful 2015-16 season. Perhaps we’ll see a more prolific scoring year from Henrique next season, then?

Pens’ offensive woes continue in loss to Devils


For the sixth time in their last eight games the Pittsburgh Penguins scored one or fewer goals falling 2-0 to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

The Pens have been shutout twice in the eight-game span and have a record of 3-4-1.

Jacob Josefson and Adam Henrique had the Devils goals.

Cory Schneider made 35 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and third in 10 games.

With the loss the Pens failed to pick up ground on the New York Islanders for second spot in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh entered Tuesday’s action just two points shy of the Isles.

A Penguins win would’ve also created some breathing room between Pittsburgh and Washington. The Caps trail the Pens by just two points in the division.

Thomas Greiss stopped 17 shots in the loss.

Pens’ Johnston: ‘We probably got a good response from half of our group’


The Pittsburgh Penguins have dropped four straight games and Mike Johnston has seen enough.

Following the Penguins 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Monday, the Penguins rookie head coach called out his team.

“We need a response,” Johnston said per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We need to squeeze more out of each individual. We probably got a good response from half of our group. We didn’t get a good response from the rest of them. We need to squeeze more out of guys. There’s more to give. We needed more guys pulling on the rope. We didn’t have enough.”

Pittsburgh opened the scoring on captain Sidney Crosby’s 11th of the season; however, it was all New Jersey after that.

Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr gave the Devils a 2-1 lead after two periods. Adam Henrique’s 10th of the season at 5:32 of the third stood to be the insurance marker.

Due to injury and illness the Penguins had eight players in their lineup Monday, who started the season in the American Hockey League. Despite dressing a young roster, Johnston expects more.

“When a guy comes up, the first two games, they’re on Cloud 9, playing with energy and adrenaline,” said Johnston. “But now, they’ve got to play heavy minutes against top guys. Some guys are responding well, and some guys aren’t.”

The Penguins will look to snap the skid Wednesday night when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Pittsburgh. The two teams have split the first two meetings this season with Carolina winning 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Nov. 28 and the Penguins edging the Canes 3-2 on Nov. 29 in Carolina.

Jagr moves past Dionne for fifth all-time in scoring


Another day, another record set by Jaromir Jagr.

The ageless wonder, playing in his 1,500th career contest, continued his ascent up the NHL’s all-time scoring leaderboard on Monday night, registering a goal and an assist in the middle frame against Carolina to move past Marcel Dionne for fifth all-time in points, with 1,772.

Jagr started his historic night off late in the second period, scoring his fifth goal of the year off a Scott Gomez assist. Less than five minutes later, No. 68 assisted on Adam Henrique’s power-play marker with 16 seconds left in the period to pass Dionne, the Hockey Hall of Famer who racked up 1,771 career points in 1,348 games.

Next up for Jagr on the points list? Another Hall of Famer: Ron Francis, Jagr’s former Penguins teammate, who retired in 2004 with 1,798 points on his resume.

Leafs’ Holland: ‘Tonight that stink was a little more prevalent’

The Toronto MapLe Leafs lost 5-3 on home ice to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

It was their first loss at Air Canada Centre since Nov. 18 – the night the Leafs were blown out 9-2 by the Nashville Predators.

Eric Gelinas, Stephen Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Steve Bernier and Adam Henrique had the Devils goals.

Mike Santorelli, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel scored for Toronto.

Leafs forward Peter Holland had some interesting analysis post-game.

“Winning is a good deodorant for that stink that creeps into your game,” he said. “Tonight that stink was a little more prevalent.”

Cory Schneider stopped 29 shots in his league-leading 25th start and improved to 10-11-3 on the season.

Jonathan Bernier dropped to 9-6-3 on the season.