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Playoff profile: Patrik's a proven performer

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Tuesday, 04.15.2008 / 11:47 AM / Features
By Eric Marin
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Playoff profile: Patrik\'s a proven performer

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Résumé: New York's Chris Drury will be hard pressed to slow the proven postseason talents of Patrik Elias.


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newjerseydevils.com – When the Devils needed a tying goal on Sunday, they got it from Patrik Elias.

Trailing 2-1 in the second period of Game 3 at Madison Square Garden, Elias plucked Marc Staal's shorthanded clearing attempt out of mid-air before beating Henrik Lundqvist with his first of the playoffs.

It was another pivotal postseason play by the Devils' forward, who has made a career of producing in the clutch. Zach Parise added New Jersey's third of the night, John Madden won it in overtime as the Devils posted their first victory in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Elias pressures Henrik Lundqvist in Game 3 at MSG. He would tie the game 2-2 in the second period of the Devils' 4-3 OT win.
The Devils trail two games to one, and can reclaim home ice advantage in Wednesday's Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. Game 5 is set for Friday at Prudential Center.

Elias (1g-2a) will enter the game tied with Paul Martin (1g-2a) for the team lead in points, having already added to his impressive resume in the NHL's second season.

The Trebic, Czech Rep., native holds the Devils' all-time records for postseason goals (36), assists (71), and points (107), establishing himself as one of the league's elite big-game players.

New Jersey's second choice, 51st overall, in the 1994 Entry Draft, Elias made his playoff debut in 1997. Just three years later he secured hockey's ultimate prize by setting up Jason Arnott for the championship-clinching goal in Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.

Elias tied for the team points lead (7g-13a-20pts) that spring, then went on to set a club record with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 2001.

A perennial playoff threat, Elias would lead the Devils in scoring for three straight postseasons heading into the Devils' third Stanley Cup title run in 2003. Though Elias would finish fifth in scoring that year (5g-8a), he delivered when it arguably counted the most – in the Finals.

Facing the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Elias revved up his offense and collected three goals and four assists for seven points as the Devils took the series in seven games for their third Stanley Cup.

Last postseason the 10-year veteran notched a goal and nine assists in 10 games, including three assists in the Eastern quarterfinal-clincher against Tampa, to become the first Devil in history to reach the 100-point mark.

Most important for the Devils in the days ahead is that Elias is no stranger to playoff success against the Rangers. He led the way with five goals and six assists in New Jersey's first-round sweep of their cross-river rivals in 2006, tying John MacLean's club record for points in a series (11).

If the Devils are to tie the series after falling behind 0-2, expect contributions from Elias to be a part of the mix. There's plenty of past evidence – and Stanley Cup titles – to suggest that he's capable of spurring a series rally one big play at a time.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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