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I love Patrik Elias. Always have been a huge fan of him. He's the one player I always loved and respected from the Devils. A lifer. Franchise leader in goals and assists and of course points. It's too bad he didn't play. But it's just as well. Hasan said it best. At least his final memory was a goal and two assist game. Hasan wrote a great piece on our blog. I am not linking it. But if you want not only a good write up but also a personal experience meeting Elias by chance, then go read what Hasan wrote on our site. I really enjoyed it. 

Elias' greatest moments are dual in 2000. The 2 goals he scored in Game 7 vs Flyers to complete the Devils 3-1 comeback. And the amazing backhand saucer pass to Arnott for the Cup clincher in overtime. A great cover photo IMHO. He also lit us up in that one sided first round sweep in '06. The year the Rangers returned to the playoffs. I didn't much care. I knew they had no chance. Elias was so easy to admire for how he played the game and carried himself. A great two-way player. Very respectable. He also wore Sykora's jersey after the Devils won that Cup. 

It didn't matter that he wore a Devils jersey. It didn't stop me from getting a Czech Republic home white Elias #62 jersey. No.62 due to Rucinsky wearing 26. I still have it. It's not always about the rivalry. You can still admire a rival player without hating them. I often wonder how Devil fans felt when Jagr played for us. Was he that easy to hate? He hurt himself going after Gomez, who became public enemy number 1 when he signed here. But Jagr was always different to me. I always was a huge fan. I own a Pens home white '98-99 replica Jagr I bought at Cosby's after a game at the old MSG. I never hated Jagr. Even when he scored that winner to end Gretzky's career. Just awe. Ironically, Jagr played for the Devs too and became beloved. Because of who he is. He has personality and character and unreal talent. He's a living legend. Jagr has played for almost the entire old Patrick Division except the Islanders. 

I'm really glad Elias got to do it with one team. Here's hoping he gets the recognition one day from Toronto. It might take some time. Congrats to a class act. 

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CR76 - the thing i loved about the three videos you posted - the goal songs. The two from the Rock when they couldn't get a good song.

And the one from the playoffs w/ RR part 2 - did you notice something about it? Let's just say that the thing we hate wasn't "always there" as so many like to think.

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CR76 - the thing i loved about the three videos you posted - the goal songs. The two from the Rock when they couldn't get a good song.
And the one from the playoffs w/ RR part 2 - did you notice something about it? Let's just say that the thing we hate wasn't "always there" as so many like to think.

Yep- in all of those old videos from the Meadowlands days, no YOU SUCK.


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2 hours ago, sundstrom said:

CR76 - the thing i loved about the three videos you posted - the goal songs. The two from the Rock when they couldn't get a good song.

And the one from the playoffs w/ RR part 2 - did you notice something about it? Let's just say that the thing we hate wasn't "always there" as so many like to think.

MD2020 posted those vids.  (Watching them and others like them never get old.)

I'll always miss both R&R Part II (when it was just about the "HEY!"s) and the old goal horn.  Lots of great memories punctuated by both of those.  

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12 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

MD2020 posted those vids.  (Watching them and others like them never get old.)

I'll always miss both R&R Part II (when it just about the "HEY!"s) and the old goal horn.  Lots of great memories punctuated by both of those.  

Whenever I hear R&R Part II, I think of 4 players: Brylin, Elias, McKay and Friesen. Brylin for his '95 SCF Game 4 goal, Elias cause of, well everything, McKay for the glass climbing in '95 and Friesen for '03

Hats off and Stick taps to Patty, thank you for all the memories and only wearing one sweater throughout your career.

I hope to be able to get a #26 banner next year to complete my set of 5, frame them, and display them proudly in my living room.

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17 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

 

 

 


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Jesus Christ - to have Parise, Kovalchuk, Elias, and 'prime' Clarkson on the ice for a powerplay... compare that to what we have now and it's laughable. .

 

 

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I think one of my favorite memories of Elias (and I can't seem to find a damn video of it) was upon his return in 2005-2006, I think, when he finally managed to make it back after fighting off Hep C.

If my memory serves, he scored in that first game back on a slapshot against the Habs.  I think it was deflected on its way in actually - but either way, as a fan I was worried he'd never be the same player because of the illness.  But scoring in his first game back, I believe, kinda showed us that he'd be just fine.

Incredible player.

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That was Elias' second game back (2 goals and 2 assists).  He really came out flying...4 goals and 12 assists in his first 10 games back in the lineup in 05-06.

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