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David Puddy

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  1. The New Jersey Devils fans in section 217 are what hockey fans are all about. There are not a lot of Devils' fans, and they hurt TV ratings, but the ones they have are awesome. In section 217, the fans have a pretty good view of the ice, and their season tickets are $800 a seat for the year. Not too bad. Devils fans are among the league leaders in Devils sweaters worn at a game.


  2. Also -- Bazooka's in the Mill Creek Plaza in Seacaucus on Route 3 East a few miles past the Arena (in the complex with the Movie theaters). It's a Sports Bar/Restaurant with HOT HOT HOT waitresses in skimpy attire.

    We went to Bazooka's before '95 SCF game 4. That was exciting for a thirteen-year-old. Also, the hotel in that plaza was where the wings were staying, and they were coming out to board the bus when we were outside, so my mom tried to take my picture with Scotty Bowman, but once he saw my Devils jersey., he just walked away. :evil:

  3. <span style='font-size:21pt;line-height:100%'>Devils: Eager to get back on ice </span>

    By Don Burke


    Martin Brodeur wondered why anyone would have expected anything different.

    After winning the first two games of their Stanley Cup Finals series with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the Devils dropped a pair of overtime games in the opponent's building. Now the series returns to Continental Airlines Arena for tomorrow night's Game 5 with the Devils needing to recapture in a hurry whatever mojo they lost on their long flight West.

  4. Devils Want to Start Winning Face-Offs Before They Lose More Ground

    By Jason Diamos

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/04/sports/h...y/04devils.html (registration required)

    The Mighty Ducks have dominated the Devils in the face-off circle in the Stanley Cup finals, especially during their overtime victories in Games 3 and 4 that evened the four-of-seven-game series at 2-2.

    But help could be on the way for the Devils in Game 5 tomorrow night at Continental Arena.

    After the Devils flew home from California yesterday afternoon, Coach Pat Burns said in a conference call that he expected Joe Nieuwendyk, the 36-year-old center and face-off specialist, to skate today. A team spokesman said Nieuwendyk did not skate yesterday. "But Joe might skate tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon," Burns said.

    A 17-year N.H.L. veteran, Nieuwendyk, who has appeared in three previous Stanley Cup finals, has yet to play for the Devils in this series because of a hip injury.

    "He was our best player in the Ottawa series before he was hurt," Burns said, referring to the Eastern Conference finals, which the Devils won in seven games.

    Nieuwendyk was injured in overtime of the Game 6 loss against the Senators. He attempted to play in Game 7 in Ottawa but had to leave early in the first period before the Devils rallied to win.

    "Just his presence definitely helps us," Burns said, adding that another of his injured forwards, Turner Stevenson, skated yesterday and may also be available for tomorrow's game.

    "With the presence of Joe Nieuwendyk and/or Turner Stevenson, it definitely gives us more experience in our lineup," Burns said.

    Stevenson, who has yet to appear in the finals, has been hampered by a groin injury since the second round of the playoffs.

    The absence of Nieuwendyk helps explain why the Devils have fared so poorly in draws.

    Anaheim has won a majority of the face-offs in the first four games. The Ducks hold a 167-107 advantage for the series.

    In Anaheim, the Ducks' dominance was all the more glaring. In Game 3 on Saturday, Anaheim held a 51-30 advantage and won, 3-2, in overtime. In Game 4 on Monday, Anaheim held a 45-27 advantage and won, 1-0, in overtime, on Steve Thomas's goal 39 seconds in, the fourth-fastest overtime goal in finals history.

    Burns said yesterday that he did not feel his players made Anaheim goaltender Jean-S

  5. This Devil Put in Deep Friesen

    By Lonnie White


    In less than a week, New Jersey winger Jeff Friesen has gone from Mr. Automatic to Mr. No-Show and he can blame his former Duck teammates.

    In Games 1 and 2 at the Meadowlands, the Ducks gave Friesen way too much respect and he took advantage with three goals, leading the Devils to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. But by making sure that Friesen had a Duck in his face all over the ice, Coach Mike Babcock's team flipped the switch on the Devils' leading goal scorer of the playoffs in Games 3 and 4 at Anaheim.

    Friesen, who was booed every time he touched the puck at the Arrowhead Pond, was a non-factor as the Ducks bounced back with consecutive overtime victories to even the series at 2-2. For the Devils to regain control of the Stanley Cup finals, they will need Friesen to get back into the flow of things when the series returns to New Jersey for Game 5.

    Just don't expect the Ducks to make things as easy for him as they did in the first two games.

    A breakdown of Game 5:


  6. Teams busy shooting from the lip

    By David Shoalts


    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If one could somehow avoid watching the games, this would be a pretty interesting Stanley Cup final.

    The best action, unfortunately for the National Hockey League in this neutral-zone trapfest, has come off the ice. Some of the quotes offered by the New Jersey Devils and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are world-class and one hopes with an extra day off before the fifth game of the series tomorrow night that both teams can step it up to the next level, if a clich

  7. Anaheim no longer sitting duck for Devils

    By Eric Duhatschek


    ANAHEIM -- In the fairy tale -- as in the National Hockey League -- the clock eventually strikes midnight on Cinderella.

    Think of all the unlikely Stanley Cup finalists during the past half-dozen years (Buffalo in 1999, Washington in 1998, Florida in 1996) none of whom stayed around too long once they finally got to the ball.

    Seventy-two hours ago, that looked as if it would be the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' fate as well. The Ducks were, as Steve Thomas would later say, "embarrassed" by the token resistance they put up in falling behind 2-0 to an experienced New Jersey Devils, featuring a future Hall Of Fame member in goal, a rock-solid defence corps led by Scott Stevens and a coach, Pat Burns, who took a team to the Stanley Cup final 14 years ago.

    By contrast, the Ducks boast only three players with championship experience and they rely on a goalie, J. S. Gigu

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