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NJD TV: Vishnevski's greatest hits

Rugged blueliner helped set physical tone for Devils in 2007-08

Monday, 05.12.2008 / 10:45 AM / Features
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NJD TV: Vishnevski\'s greatest hits

Vishnevski used his formidable checking skills to slow down some of the league's top stars.


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newjerseydevils.com – Better keep your head up if you're taking a shift against Vitaly Vishnevski.

With his penchant for punishing open-ice hits, Vishnevski was one of the Devils' bruising forces in 2007-08. Signed as a free agent last July, the 6-2, 215-lb. blueliner had a knack for making unsuspecting opponents pay the price as they tried leading a rush into Devils territory.

The native of Kharkov, Ukraine, played 69 games in his first season as a Devil, collecting two goals and five assists for seven points to go with 50 penalty minutes. But Vishnevski made his biggest impact in the trenches, where he was second in hits (140) to David Clarkson (150).

Today, NJD TV features a sampling of his best from the past season.

November 3 at NY Rangers
Vishnevski lowers the boom against New York's Blair Betts 700K and Scott Gomez 700K before finishing the night with four hits against the Devils' Hudson River rivals.

November 24 at Tampa Bay
Brad Richards winds up on the wrong end of a Vishnevski thump in the neutral zone. 700K 

December 18 at Vancouver

Vishnevski steamrolls Ryan Kesler in one of the Devils' rare visits to British Columbia. 700K 

January 12 at Buffalo
Sabres forward Drew Stafford runs into Vishnevski in the defensive zone. 700K

January 18 vs. Florida
Vishnevski slows a Panther rush by pasting Radek Dvorak into the sideboards. 700K 

January 22 at Philadelphia
A bump on Daniel Briere creates a turnover in the defensive zone. 700K

February 20 vs. San Jose
Joe Pavelski gets the business end of a Vishnevski crunch in the corner. 700K

March 19 vs. NY Rangers
Vishnevski plasters Rangers enforcer Colton Orr at the blue line. 700K 

March 27 at NY Rangers
Rangers pest Sean Avery goes head over heels against Vishnevski's tough defense. 700K

April 4 at Philadelphia
Flyers agitator Scottie Upshall initiates contact with Vishnevski – but comes out on the losing end. 700K

April 16 at NY Rangers
One of Vishnevski's best of the postseason, a rumbling hit against Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. 700K


 

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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